Care Navigator Scholar - COPE Health Scholars
"Afterwards, I spent my time shifting through Healthcare Administration Departments and joining the program's Leadership Team to discover my true passion…"
–Kevin Roldan

Care Navigator Scholar

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For graduates and students of colleges and universities (age 18+) with an interest in care coordination

Upon completion, scholars will receive a completion certification from UCLA’s Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management.


Scholars must be accepted to, enrolled in or graduated from an accredited college or university, and be at least 18 years old. Scholars must be currently enrolled in the Health Scholar program in order to apply to the Care Navigator Scholar program.

The Experience

Care Navigator Scholars provide support in clinical or administrative settings within a health system. Their role is to assist staff in addressing patients’ barriers to care and connecting patients who have multiple needs to a continuum of health and social services they need to get well and stay healthy. Specific tasks will vary from site to site but may include both face-to-face and telephonic communication with patients and administrative services. You will gain direct experience in this emerging field.

The field of care coordination includes many positions: care coordinator, care navigator, patient navigator, care manager, patient advocate or patient guide. Professional care coordinators can include licensed professionals such as registered nurses and social workers, or unlicensed professionals such as community health workers.

The Impact

  • Help the most vulnerable in our communities access the full range of health and social services
  • Assist staff to deliver excellent service and manage complex patients
  • Play an active role in improving health care delivery
  • Help health systems adapt to the changing health care landscape

The Benefits

  • Explore the field of care coordination to learn if this career path would be a fit for you
  • Understand the importance of providing coordinated care in any health profession
  • Learn how care coordination positively impacts patient care by reducing acute care admissions
  • See how the changing health care landscape has expanded the field of care coordination

Tuition & Fees:

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The Commitment

  • 16 hours initial training, in-person and online
  • 3-6 month commitment
  • Minimum two 4-hour shifts per week
  • Shifts generally available 8am – 5pm, 7 days a week

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