Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes, account for the most health care costs nationally, yet are highly preventable. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic health conditions that require care from several doctors, facilities and caretakers, often over many years. At the same time, health insurance companies, the government and individuals spend billions of dollars yearly on health care services without optimum health outcomes. Often, patient care is uncoordinated with patients accessing care from Emergency Departments rather than primary care, patients feeling confused about treatments, missing appointments, and not practicing prevention behaviors. This is particularly true for the most vulnerable in society (ethnic minorities, low-income individuals, uninsured, and individuals with language barriers).
The Department of Nutrition & Public Health, within the School of Health & Natural Sciences, is offering a 12-credit certificate program in Health Care Coordination to prepare students to address these health care challenges. The certificate is open to all majors, and should be particularly attractive to majors in public health, social work, nutrition, and nursing.
Upon completion of the certificate program, students will have competencies to:
The overall goal of the Health Care Coordination certificate program at USJ is to train graduates to be strong liaisons between patients, community agencies and health care organizations to increase preventative care and use of primary care providers, and to decrease use of Emergency departments, unnecessary hospitalizations and poor health outcomes. The goals of the certificate are directly in line with the Mercy mission and will help students address health disparities.
Contact us to learn more about the Health Care Coordinator Certificate program.
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