Graduate Certificate in Public Health

This program is not currently accepting admissions during its ongoing restructuring.


During its ongoing restructuring, the Public Health Graduate Certificate program is not currently accepting applications.

The Public Health Certificate is designed for students and working professionals involved in health programming, evaluation, education policy, engineering administration, research, and other areas related to public health. It is a 15-credit program with courses in each of the five core disciplines: epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration and policy, social and behavioral health, and environmental health. The certificate allows students to choose courses that are customized to the student’s interests.

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 Zilber School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences and College of Nursing, and is coordinated through the Zilber School of Public Health. Courses are offered from a variety of disciplines campus-wide, including social welfare, psychology, nursing, and health sciences.

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.
  • Post-graduate student who has completed a graduate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale).


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
The completion of 15 credit hours is required for the certificate program. All students are required to complete three core courses: Biometry BIOSCI 465 (3 credits), Epidemiology NURS 727 (3 credits), and Environmental Health CLS 590 (3 credits). In addition, students will complete courses in Social/Behavioral Health, and in Health Administration & Policy. A current listing of courses that meet these requirements can be obtained from the Zilber School of Public Health. Other courses may be included upon approval of the Program Director.

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.