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Patient Education

UC Irvine Health offers a many different health education classes and support groups to help you live well, whether you are a patient, family member, support person or a member of the community.

Our classes and support groups cover a number of subjects, including smoking cessation, cancer support, parenting preparation, lowering cholesterol, meditation, asthma and more. We also offer several classes in Spanish (see the Spanish tab for more information).

We provide a variety of on-demand educational videos for our patients. Topics include allergies, cancer, general health and wellness, men and women's health, and parenting. For an internet access code, call Patient Education at 714-456-8434.

Find more information below about the types of classes we offer. To learn about more classes, locations and dates, visit our events calendar ›

Questions? Call us at 877-824-3627 (877-UCI-DOCS).

Our health classes cover a variety of topics, from diabetes management to meditating for better health.

Classes include:

  • Asthma and Adults
  • Diabetes Overview
  • Diabetic Diet
  • Gentle Yoga (in Santa Ana)
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Healthy Diet — Lowering Cholesterol
  • Joint Replacement — Hip and Knee
  • Meditation
  • Preparing for Surgery — Mind, Body and Spirit
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Diabetes Management Series
  • Weight Control Series — Intuitive Eating
  • Weight Management — Simple Choices (fee required for all participants

Find a health class that's right for you ›

Quit smoking

We offer a variety of resources to help you quit smoking. Learn more ›

UC Irvine Health also has several support groups that meet regularly. They include:
  • Advanced Behavior Training
  • Art for the Soul — Cancer Support Group
  • Bariatric Surgery Support Group
  • Brain  Tumor Education and Support
  • Burn Survivors
  • Expressing Feelings with Color
  • Grief Support for Children
  • IEP Navigation Group
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Kidney and Pancreas Transplant
  • Kids Konnected
  • Korean Women's Support Group
  • Look Good, Feel Better
  • Multiple Myeloma Support Group
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia Association
  • When the Woman You Love Has Cancer
  • Women's Share and Care Support Group
  • Young Adult Cancer Support Group
Learn more about UC Irvine Health support groups and find a class ›

Becoming a new parent can be an overwhelming and exciting time. That's why UC Irvine Health offers a variety of resources to help you get through parenthood successfully, we offer classes for expectant parents, new parents and parents of young children.

Our classes include:

Prepared Childbirth
This five-class series provides parents-to-be with the skills they need for a successful and positive birth experience. Bring two pillows, a towel or mat and a partner to each class. This class is free to all participants. 

Newborn Care
Pregnant women and their birth partners in their last trimester of pregnancy can benefit from this class. Infant feeding, dressing, bathing, diapering, normal newborn appearance and signs and symptoms of illness are discussed. Registration is required. This class is free to UC Irvine Health patients, staff, volunteers and their families; $20 for community members. 

Breastfeeding
This class is for pregnant women and their birth partners in the third trimester of pregnancy. Discussion topics include the process of milk production, how to breastfeed, avoiding potential problems and returning to work or school. This class is free to UC Irvine Health patients, staff, volunteers and their families; $20 for community members. 

Parenting information

The Newborn Channel
On the Newborn Channel, new parents can watch videos on a variety of topics, including breastfeeding, child safety, keeping you and your baby healthy, child development, infant sleeping, car seat safety and much more. To view the videos, go to The Newborn Channel and enter 02800 as the password ›

Text4Baby
Text4Baby is a free service for expectant and new moms. The text messages, in both English and Spanish, are tailored to your stage of pregnancy or your baby's various developmental stages. Learn more about Text4Baby ›

View a complete list of our parenting classes and find a class that's right for you ›

UC Irvine Health está comprometido a mejorar la salud  y el bienestar de la comunidad ofreciendo clases gratuitas y a bajo costo sobre la salud en general y clases prenatales a nuestros pacientes, los miembros de nuestro personal, los voluntarios, los familiares y los miembros de la comunidad, sus familias y otras peronas en toda la comunidad. Si no puede pagar alguna de las clases, le permitiremos tomar la clase de todas maneras.

Las clases sobre información general de la diabetes y las clases prenatales se ofrecen en español ya sea en UC Irvine Medical Center o en los Centros de Salud Familiar de UC Irvine Health en Anaheim y Santa Ana.

Las clases incluyen:

  • Amamantando a su bebé
  • Cuidado de recién nacido
  • Manejo general de la diabetes
  • Preparación para el parto
  • Recepción de maternidad
Busque un grupo de clase de educación del paciente o de apoyo en Español ›

Health Library

Our health library has health and wellness videos covering a variety of topics:

Patient Channel

To watch instructional health videos, visit the Patient Channel in English or Spanish. If prompted, enter password: 02800

Topics include:

  • Allergies and respiratory illness
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Lung disease
  • Medication safety
  • Men's health 
  • Senior health
  • Smoking cessation
  • Women's health

Newborn Channel

To watch videos about parenting, visit the Newborn Channel in English or Spanish. If prompted, enter password: 02800

Topics include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Child development
  • Child safety
  • Healthy baby
  • Healthy mom
  • Immunizations
  • Infant and mom sleeping 
  • Infant bathing
  • Infant car seat safety
  • Postpartum care

Heart Care Channel

To watch videos about heart care, visit the Heart Care Channel. If prompted, enter password: 02800

Topics include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Care at home
  • Cholesterol
  • Communications
  • Emergency response
  • Feelings & support
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Heart valves
  • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity & weight management
  • Patient self-advocacy
  • Physical activity
  • Procedures
  • Readmission reduction
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stroke
  • Understanding conditions