Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM; integrative health care) is an important component of the American health care system and supports a focus on health and wellness. The CAM 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.

Like a departmental minor, certificate programs offer a specific academic focus but differ by being interdisciplinary, allowing students to combine related courses in different disciplines to explore a common theme.

Health care professionals and future health care professionals, wellness and fitness oriented professionals and students, and interested individuals benefit from competency in understanding and critically evaluating the various practices considered as complementary and alternative or integrative.

The focus of this certificate program is an educational foundation regarding the broad use of complementary and integrative practices. Through coursework, learners explore and evaluate the most common forms of CAM, the history and cultural applications of CAM practices, evidence based and ethical use of CAM, and the critical evaluation of CAM information and research. Completion provides basic scientific knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the current and future use of integrative health care.

Why choose us?

  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
  • UWM CHS offers one of the few undergraduate CAM certificates across the country.
  • Courses are taught by highly skilled and expert instructors.
  • Online course offerings provide students with flexible scheduling options.

What can I do with a Certificate in Complementary & Alternative Medicine?

Students who complete the CAM certificate may enhance professional development and marketability in the health professions. There is growing public demand for complementary and alternative medicine outside of and within traditional health care settings.

The CAM certificate supplements and expands the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of health care settings, such as nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Admission

Admission

Students need to be enrolled in a UWM undergraduate degree program or hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to enter the Certificate Program.

The first step to declaring a Certificate in Complementary & Alternative Medicine is to submit an application for admission to UW-Milwaukee (UWM).


For further guidance, please contact the UWM Office of Admissions or the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs.

UWM Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2222
College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
(414) 229-2758 Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm CST

Coursework

Coursework

Five courses are required to successfully complete the Certificate in Complementary & Alternative Medicine. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained on all the required coursework.

Required Courses (12 credits)

CourseOfferedCredits
BMS 260: Introduction to Complementary & Alternative Medicine*
Prerequisites: None
F/S3
KIN 365: Health Aspects of Mind and Body Practices*
Prerequisites: BMS 260
S3
KIN 368: Study of Intervention Strategies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine*
Prerequisites: BMS 260, KIN 365
F3
KIN 400: Ethics & Values in the Health & Fitness Professions*
Prerequisites: None
F/S3

Elective Courses (3 credits)

General Focus

CourseOfferedCredits
BMS 245: Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective*
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or cons instr.
S3
COMMUN 381: Health Communication*
Prerequisites: Junior standing; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req; or cons instr.
F/S3
PHILOS 244: Ethical Issues in Healthcare*
Prerequisites: None
F/S3
PSYCH 254: Physiological Psychology
Prerequisites: PSYCH 101
F/S3
SOCIOL 331:Sociology of Healthcare
Prerequisites: Junior standing & SOCIOL 101 or 104
F/S3

Health & Wellness Focus

CourseOfferedCredits
BMS 232: Introduction to Nutrition*
Prerequisites: None
F/S3
KIN 241: Why We Eat What We Eat*
Prerequisites: None
Varies3
KIN 556: Multilevel Approaches to Changing Physical Activity & Eating Behaviors
Prerequisites: Admis to KIN, AT, or NUTR major; KIN 350 ("C" or better); or grad standing or cons instr.
S3
NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professionals
Prerequisites: CHEM 100 or 102 ("C" or better); BIO SCI 202 (C)
F3
NUTR 245: Lifecycle Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 235 or BMS 232 ("C" or better)
S3
NUTR 355: Modifying Nutrition & Eating Behavior
Prerequisites: NUTR 245; PSYCH 101 or SOCIOL 101 or ANTHRO 102
F3

Active Learning (Experience) Focus

CourseOfferedCredits
SPT&REC 296: Energy Vinyasa Yoga
Prerequisites: None
F/S1
SPT&REC 298: Mind Body Awareness
Prerequisites: None
F/S2
SPT&REC 298: Meditation with a Touch of Yoga
Prerequisites: None
F/S2
SPT&REC 298: Running with the Mind of Meditation
Prerequisites: None
F2
SPT&REC 298: The Art of Healing: Introduction to Self-Care Practices
Prerequisites: None
Varies1
SPT&REC 298: Wellness: Conscious Living
Prerequisites: None
F2

* Online offering available.

F, S, SU (fall, spring, summer) refers to semesters in which courses are taught.

Graduation

Graduation

Students are required to complete the Certificate Program within 5 years of the start of their first certificate course. Ideally, a student interested in taking all 5 certificate courses could complete the coursework in 3 consecutive semesters or 1 – 1.5 years. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained on all required coursework.