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 certificate program is primarily for students who have some background in a health care field and have completed coursework in a related area but the college also offers a Community Health Navigation A.A.S. degree program for those with little or no background in the field. 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 Opportunities

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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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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.

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BLS reports that job openings will continue to grow at the faster-than-average rate of 13 percent through 2024.
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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.