Health Navigator is a health care professional who works as part of a team or health care system to reduce barriers to accessing health care and promoting prevention services. This includes linking patients with a primary health care provider, providing information and resources, helping providers communicate with patients, and providing health education and promoting health behaviors. The Patient Navigator Certificate is a two semester, 24 credit certificate of achievement, which includes a directed learning internship. Coursework is specific to public health field.
There are no prerequisite skills needed prior to enrollment. Embedded in the course work of the certificate of achievement is a directed experience internship. This internship will provide a capstone experience and placement in a public health worksite. The public health field is competitive and requires that participants have a track record of success and can demonstrate knowledge and skills. Positions include but are not limited to patient navigator, community health outreach worker, and non-profit work to working in a school health environment. Salary is often based on years of experience and college units completed.
As a member of the healthcare team, navigators act as a bridge between the team, patients, family and community to improve health outcomes. There are many different roles that a navigator can become the following are examples:
Upon successful completion, the student will:
Upon successful completion of the core requirements with a ‘C’ grade or better in each course, the student will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Total Units: 24
|PBHS 20||Introduction to Public Health||3.0|
|PBHS 21||Contemporary Health Concerns||3.0|
|MEDS 35||Lifespan Development**||3.0|
|COMM B9||Health Communication||3.0|
|PBHS 22||Drugs Health and Society||3.0|
|PBHS 23||Health and Social Justice||3.0|
|HEIT 25||Healthcare Reimbursement||3.0|
|PBHS B48WE||Occupational Work Experience Education/Internship||3.0|