Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Public and Population Health

The Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Public and Population Health is designed for students and working professionals involved in program planning and implementation, evaluation, education policy, health policy, engineering administration, research, and other areas related to public and population health. It recognizes that an interdisciplinary, systems approach is essential for communities to solve complicated social and economic problems. No one perspective or set of strategies can address the many dimensions of current societal problems. Prevention and population health are important cornerstones of the solutions to these problems, requiring linkages and new models of interaction among primary care, hospitals, communities and public health.

The Interprofessional Graduate Certificate is a 16-credit program with courses in four core disciplines: epidemiology, health policy, social and behavioral health, and environmental health. The fifth course grounds students in public health principles and practice. The sixth course will provide students the opportunity to engage in interprofessional workshops and other learning forums to foster competencies in interprofessional values, communication and teamwork. Three of the courses, in health behavior, epidemiology and health policy, are offered online, which will provide added flexibility for students.

This program is open to post-baccalaureate students, to those currently enrolled in a UWM graduate degree program, as well as to health professionals who have completed a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree. The certificate program is a collaborative program between the College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, and the Zilber School of Public Health, and is coordinated through the Zilber School of Public Health with administrative support from the College of Nursing.

Eligibility and Admission

Applicants are admitted to the certificate program in one of three categories:
  • Post-baccalaureate student who has completed a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 2.75 or above (4.0 scale) and is not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UWM.
  • Current UWM graduate student. Admission requirements are consistent with those specified in the UWM Graduate School and the graduate health profession program. A separate application for the Interprofessional Certificate is required for enrollment.
  • Post-graduate student who has completed a graduate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale).
Those not already admitted to a UWM graduate degree program must complete a UW System online admission application and have an official undergraduate transcript sent to the Graduate School.

Students who are considering the MPH degree, or a specific degree in CHS or CON, are encouraged to talk with graduate program managers in those respective units to learn more about the specific degree program and how the certificate can fit into a long-range plan for a graduate degree. Please note that not all courses may be transferable to a specific degree.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
The completion of 16 credit hours is required for the certificate program. All students are required to complete six courses (All are 3 credits unless noted):

PH 703 Environmental Health Sciences
NURS 727 Epidemiology
NURS 803 Health Policy
KIN 556 Multilevel Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors or KIN 732 Physical Activity and Health across the Lifespan
PH 701 Public Health Principles and Practice
PRPP 703 Foundations of Interprofessional Practice (1 credit)

Students will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and meet all other standard requirements for UWM graduate students for continuation in the program.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.