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Post Graduation Diploma in Patient Navigation - Kevat

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Intake: 30


Patient Navigation is a novel concept in Oncology and in Healthcare. There are many research papers and publications that recognize the need and merit of the role of patient navigators co-existing in a system functioning with social workers and psychologists. While a social worker may be expected to learn about the medical aspects while on job, TMC through this course plans on integrating this learning in the course. Hands-on learning will form an essential part of skill development.

This course can induct graduates/post-graduates and equip them with necessary wherewithal (clinical and psycho-social aspects) to work in an oncology set-up.

Career growth and opportunities
There is a pressing need for well-trained patient navigators in onco-care. More so, being a nascent area of speciality in cancer care, the scope of growth and development of navigators in all public and private institutions holds immense potential.

New centres are being created across the country to tackle the quantum of increasing burden of cancer. Tata Memorial Centre is also expanding and prototypes are planned on the lines of hub and spoke models at Vizag, Sangrur, Chandigarh, Varanasi and Guwahati

New opportunities for growth of patient navigators within the existing and expanding TMC network are also envisaged. Avenues for growth shall also be presented to the patient navigators within the National Cancer Grid network for maintaining the uniformity of standards of patient care throughout the country. Tata Trusts also plans on developing new cancer centres in the North-East. Patient navigators would play a vital role in managing patient support in these centres right from its inception.


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This Patient Navigation Program - KEVAT is the first in India to focus on an emerging patient navigation model that can be applied across all cancer care institutions. The program shall empower the navigators to:

  • Build knowledge base in patient navigation in oncology with adept understanding of medical terminologies & assimilate understanding on cancer and its treatment protocols, supportive care options, including risks and benefits of integrative therapies, rehabilitation, funding options, insurance and other patient allied services; along with honing skill set for developing and implementing patient navigation programs in hospitals.
  • Garner perspective on principles and operations of health systems, concepts of evidence-based information on cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivourship
  • Actively manage and devise follow-up practices & use evaluation metrics (patient encounters, patient feedback and overcoming barriers to care) to improve hospital systems to ensure better patient compliance and outcomes
  • Advocate for quality and optimal patient care systems and improving healthcare delivery through appropriate resource planning and management
  • Bring about attitudinal change in concept of care with a common vision and mission to offer best socio-economic support and strike equitable balance with limited resources


Key Features

  • The first academic program in the country that provides training in patient navigation in oncology care in India
  • Diploma certificate is offered by TMC and TISS
  • Mentoring by national and international experts in the field of healthcare
  • Observership and Hands-on experience at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
  • Six months-paid internship for students
  • Outstation posting at various cancer-centres in the country
  • Projects under the guidance of renowned oncologists
  • Development of manegerial capabilities, soft skills and personality development
  • Great placement opportunities for trainees
  • Assistance with networking and recruitment

Course Objectives


  • Creating a special work force that would effectively address various patient-needs.
  • Patient navigators will form an access bridge connecting patient to delivery of care as well as be the mechanism to reduce the burden on medical care professionals.
  • They would seamlessly incorporate the principles of both a ‘’thinker” and a “worker’’ to work towards a non-negotiable goal of patient care.
  • Be empowered with requisite information and communication skills to support patient care in complex multistep medical systems
  • Perform as counsellors for patients bringing comfort to care
  • Be enabled to effectively undertake the administration requirements/challenges for running patient navigation programs at hospitals.



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