Clinical experience in Consumer Health Advocacy

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Applied Advocacy Experience: Patient-Centered Care and Health Advocacy

(Law, Medical Sciences and Nursing 768–on campus; combination (on campus & online); or online.

Students advocate for patients with life-threatening and serious illnesses as they navigate the health care system.

Students help individuals and families:

  • Evaluate treatment options
  • Access quality medical care
  • Converse with family members and co-workers about their illness
  • Appeal insurance denials
  • Assess eligibility for public and private benefits
  • Address financial and employment related concerns.

Learners are introduced to the following substantive topics:

  • Medical Debt
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Employment Issues
  • Insurance Pricing & Payments
  • Public and Private Health Insurance
  • Public and Private Disability Benefits
  • Clinical Trials and Researching Medical Information

This course is offered as part of our certificate program, or as part of a field placement, clerkship, fellowship, or special course enrollment for UW graduate students outside of our certificate program.