Introduction to Patient Advocacy Course Only Option

Introduction to Patient Advocacy Only Option


The Fall 2019 Semester class is full-check back for future offerings.

For more information contact us at 608-263-7736 or!

This online course is offered as part of the Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate, or as a standalone non-credit course for students wishing to either explore patient advocacy or enhance their present professional practice. We can not retrospectively convert non-credit courses to credit courses or vice versa.

Those who may be unsure whether they want to participate in the whole certificate are also encouraged to enroll in order to determine if the certificate is of benefit for professional or personal interests.


About the Course

This online course provides a comprehensive overview of the core skills employed in patient advocacy. Emphasis is placed on access and application of information, critical thinking and reflective practice, creative and collaborative problem-solving, and communication. Specific course topics include:

  • Introduction to the Patient Advocacy Field
  • Healthcare Systems Overview
  • Independent Learning
  • Patient Perspectives
  • Communication 1 – Listening and Empathy
  • Communication 2 – Empowerment and Capacity Building
  • Caring Carefully (Cultural Competency and Health Literacy)
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • End of Life
  • Framing Decisions
  • Creative Problem-solving and Collaboration


I did not expect this class to dig in and heal me, but it did. I did not expect this class to add this richness to my life, but it did. I did not think this class would change me, but it has.”


– Lynne, IPA Student


Step 1: Optional Advising Session

Our advisors are available to help you explore your interest in health advocacy, and help you make the best choice for your learning and career goals.
If you are interested in an advising session with one of our advisors, contact us at 608.265.6267 or


Step 2: Apply

Fill out the application below with:

  • A personal statement
  • Your resume*

* You can attach your resume. You may also mail in your resume. If you have any questions, please contact us. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Step 3: Enroll

Upon acceptance, you will receive information about scheduling, payment ($2001), enrollment, and other logistics.


Application Form:


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