Overview - COPE Health Scholars

Care Navigator Scholar Overview

Improve health outcomes through patient education and reduce health disparities.

The Care Navigator Scholar program offers individuals the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in working with underserved communities to improve health outcomes. As a Care Navigator Scholar, you will receive training to prepare you to connect patients to educational resources, community-based opportunities, and more. You will work closely with care coordinators, social workers, health care administrators and case managers to be uniquely positioned to support interventions targeted towards special populations including homeless individuals and those diagnosed with chronic conditions.

Why Care Navigator Scholar?

  • Learn about population health management across the care continuum
  • Increase knowledge of the impact of social determinants on health outcomes
  • Increase knowledge of the changing health care landscape
  • Assist in educating patients about their conditions and care options
  • Improve care by leveraging both health system and community-based resources
  • Learn important administration skills necessary for documentation in a health care setting
  • Enhance health care industry knowledge by engaging in outpatient and inpatient settings
  • Develop communication and customer service skills


Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a completion certificate from UCLA’s Executive Programs in Health Policy & Management and distinguish themselves as top candidates for employment in the health care industry. The program is offered year-round at select sites in California with 9-month and 6-month options. The 9-month program requires an average of 1 to 2 four-hour shifts per week. The 6-month option requires that students shift a minimum of 2 four-hour shifts per week.

Who is this Program for?

This program is for students interested in public health, social work, psychology or health care administration. The program will provide real world experience and allow students to understand what to expect when working as a professional in these fields.

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