The program offers a pathway to a bachelor of science degree for individuals holding national certification in a health-care related field, or for applicants who wish to build on their college credits to earn a degree in Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy.
The School of Health Professions offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy that will provide the student with specific knowledge and skills related to global health care disparities, diversity and cultural competence in the health care setting and advocating patient centered care.
Providing world class patient care requires knowledge and skills that address patient advocacy, health care disparities and the diversity and cultural needs of all patients. This exciting new specialty, offered at the School of Health Professions, builds the insight and experience needed for a career working closely with patients from all backgrounds.
The program offers a two-year track leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. See the program prerequisites. The degree is offered in a non-traditional format that combines on-line courses with face-to-face lectures. Participants have the flexibility of enrolling full-time or part-time.
An Overview of Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy
Dean: Shirley Richmond, Ed.D.
Program Director: Shaun Caldwell, M.S.
Medical Advisors: Chris Hernandez, M.B.A. and Sherri L. DeJesus, M.H.A.
All programs in SHP are regionally accredited through:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS
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Decatur, GA 30033-4097
A clinical preceptorship allows the student to gain professional field experience under the guidance of a mentor. Graduates complete a minimum of two clinical preceptorships in advocacy and diversity.
Graduates may use this education to develop their clinical expertise and professional growth in the areas of health care disparities, diversity or patient advocacy.
Careers and Possible Job Roles
- Case Manager
- Community Relations Coordinator
- Diversity Trainer
- Government Policy Maker
- Health Care Communications
- Health Disparity Research Assistant
- Health Services Administration
- Inter-institutional Partnerships Manager
- Patient Advocate
- Patient Affairs
- Patient Service Coordinator
- Patient Support Representative