PhD Health Sciences

This exciting, interdisciplinary program is designed to meet the critical need for doctoral-prepared faculty and researchers. You’ll work closely with our research faculty in your selected area of concentration and also complete cross-disciplinary and core courses that emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective in health-related education and research.

MS Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical research is an important part of health care today, and needs skilled scientists in a wide variety of settings, including academia, government, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology-dependent industry. We need specialists who will work in such diverse areas as cancer research, clinical diagnosis, infectious disease and teaching.

Laboratory experiment being conducted using petri plates and pipet.

BS Biomedical Sciences laboratory programs

Medical tests are critical to the accurate detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and so are the scientists who analyze and interpret those tests in the lab. This program offers four submajors: Biomedical Sciences, Cytotechnology, Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Medical Technology), and Public Health Microbiology.

Diagnostic Imaging Completion Program

You’ve put on hold getting a Bachelor’s degree because of your busy life. You’d like to advance in the continually evolving field of diagnostic imaging, but don’t quite know how. At UWM, your imaging registry has already earned you 50% of your bachelor’s degree. Here’s your chance to complete a degree and do it building on prior education, experience and knowledge.

Diagnostic Imaging UW Flexible Option

The program is designed for the professional interested in obtaining a bachelor of science degree. The program paves the way for getting a degree that matches experience professionals have already acquired. With a BS in diagnostic imaging, you will also be qualified to expand your career into other areas of the medical imaging industry, from product development to sales and marketing.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

As a diagnostic medical sonographer, you’ll use high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body — a critical tool to aid physicians in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. This is a rigorous four-year undergraduate program that requires completing four or more semesters of preclinical course work to prepare for the two-year professional and clinical training.

Student is guided by Professor in the proper use of a linear transducer to preform an ultrasound of a person’s thyroid gland.

Radiologic Technology

As a radiologic technologist, you’ll produce x-ray films of parts of the human body. You’ll also use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which uses giant magnets and radio waves, rather than radiation to create an image, as well as CT (computerized tomography) scans where cross-sectional views are taken of the inside of the body. These technologies play an important role in helping physicians diagnose medical problems and treat patients.

A Radiologic technology student learns chest anatomy.

BS Nutritional Sciences

This four-year, science-intensive program will help you better understand the relationships among food, nutrients, eating behavior, wellness and human health. In addition to sharpening your scientific and technical knowledge and skills, you will also develop critical thinking and professional communication skills through courses in public speaking, nutrition education, wellness training, program development, and business and professional writing.

Group of four Nutritional Sciences students presenting a healthy food demonstration.

Minor in Nutritional Sciences

This science-intensive program will provide you the opportunity to study food and nutrients, their physiological functions, normal nutritional requirements, and the myriad of influences on food choice and eating behavior throughout the life cycle.

Nutritional Sciences Clinical Director, Susan Kundrat, teaches students about nutrition.

Certificate in Death Investigation

The Certificate in Death Investigation is for students aspiring to enter the field, and for individuals already employed who either seek professional advancement or wish to update their own skills. This Certificate prepares students for the American Board of Medico-legal Death Investigators national certifying exam. Job opportunities would be available in the offices of medical examiners and coroners.

Police tape at a scene of an investigation

Certificate in Food Studies

The interdisciplinary Food Studies Certificate helps students understand subjects such as food-related health problems, sustainability in farming, urban agricultural solutions, the global imbalance of food distribution and the instability it causes, the cultural and social connotations and consequences of widely differing foodways, as well as the many challenges that arise as a global economy creates local challenges regarding access to healthy and adequate food.

Certificate in Forensic Science

Forensic Science is the science of evidence analysis. Students pursuing a Certificate in Forensic Science will be trained in the analysis of evidence, especially of DNA for identification in criminal investigations, paternity suits, etc. Job opportunities for students with this certificate would be available in local, regional and national crime labs, paternity identification labs, and archaeological sites.

Computer fingerprint analysis

Certificate in Forensic Toxicology

Forensic Toxicology is the science of toxic substances. Students seeking the Certificate in Forensic Toxicology will receive preparation for certification exams of both the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and the National Registry in Clinical Chemistry. Job opportunities would be available in crime labs, and hospital and commercial labs that screen for drugs of abuse.

Certificate in Health Professional Education (Graduate)

The Certificate in Health Professional Education Program is designed for health care professionals who have been in clinical practice for a number of years and are now teaching in their specialty or want to be prepared to teach in their specialty. The Certificate is offered jointly by the College of Health Sciences, the UWM College of Nursing and the UWM School of Education.

Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics

With a focus on developing skillsets related to the biomedical sciences, this Program trains students in this newly-emerging and rapidly-evolving field of Laboratory Medicine. Students will gain a solid foundation and basic skills necessary for professional employment in Molecular Diagnostic Programs.

Electron microscopy photo of a white blood cell.

Certificate in the Study of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM; integrative health care) modalities advocate for care that is patient-centered, healing oriented, emphasizes the therapeutic relationship, and uses therapeutic approaches originating from conventional and alternative medicine. Health and wellness, mind and body, and natural products are key areas of focus within this area of study.

Mission, Vision & Values


To be a national leader in the generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge that advances the science and practice of our integrated health related disciplines.


We envision the Department of Biomedical Sciences as providing:

Teaching Excellence

Our faculty and staff will educate students in order to produce professional practitioners, educators, and researchers who are uniquely prepared for the dynamic environment of health and are recognized by employers as being of the highest quality. To this end our academic programs will be flexible, current and responsive to the changes in the health environment and the needs of the community and our students.

Research Excellence

Our faculty and staff will produce recognized research that influences the science, practice, policy, and administration of health services. In order to be nationally recognized as a leader in the generation of knowledge, we will recruit, develop, and maintain high quality researchers/faculty.

Commitment to Service

Our faculty and staff will commit to providing service that enhances the missions of our Department, College, University, and the health professions. Our sphere of influence will impact local, state, and global communities.


The Department is committed to achieving its mission and vision by:

  • Respecting and valuing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  • Valuing an interdisciplinary focus of its programs that reflect the nature of the health environment.
  • Valuing the mutual enrichment of the University and community through the transformation of knowledge & experience.
  • Supporting the integration of principles of health promotion and disease prevention in all areas of study.

Faculty & Staff