Community health navigators educate, motivate and empower their clients. Working under licensed health care professionals, they serve as a liaison between clients and the health care system, connecting clients with services and providing support for those navigating the health care landscape.

Coursework in this program will help you acquire a broad base of knowledge that spans health care, community health, health insurance, human services, health literacy and chronic diseases.

This degree program is for those interested in the field of community health who may have little or no background in the field or who wish to continue their education toward a bachelor's degree. The college also offers a Community Health Navigation certificate program for students who have some background in a health care field and have completed coursework in a related area. The degree and certificate programs are the only ones of their kind in New York State.

This program is offered by the Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine Department.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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Transfer agreements are in place for bachelor's degree programs in Social Welfare with UAlbany, Healthcare Management at Maria College or Excelsior College's Health Sciences or Public Health programs.
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017), the median salary for this occupation is $38,370 to $46,350 per year. Jobs are expected to grow at 13 percent through 2024.
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The Alliance for Better Health Care and Albany Medical Center's Better Health for Northeastern New York have outlined a need for trained community health navigators.
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“You have to be able to meet people where they are, have a passion to serve and be a problem solver.”

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Patricia Hyland
400 Jordan Road, Suite B (second floor)

NOTE: Please contact Robert Philip at with any questions related to the Paramedic and Community Health Navigation programs.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.