Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) Approaches are important components of the American health care system and supports a focus on health and wellness. The CIH modalities advocate for care that is patient-centered, healing oriented, emphasize the therapeutic relationship, and use 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.

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 CIH, the history and cultural applications of CIH practices, evidence based and ethical use of CIH, and the critical evaluation of CIH 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 offers one of the few undergraduate CIH 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 & Integrative Health Approaches?

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

The CIH 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.



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 & Integrative Health Approaches is to submit an application for admission to 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
College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
414-229-2758 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST)



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

Required Courses (12 credits)

BMS 260: Introduction to Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches*F/S3
KIN 365: Health Aspects of Mind and Body Practices*S3
KIN 368: Study of Intervention Strategies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine*F3
KIN 400: Ethics & Values in the Health & Fitness Professions*F/S3

Elective Courses (3 credits)

General Focus

BMS 245: Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective*S3
COMMUN 381: Health Communication*F/S3
PHILOS 244: Ethical Issues in Healthcare*F/S3
PSYCH 254: Physiological PsychologyF/S3
SOCIOL 331: Sociology of HealthcareF/S3

Health & Wellness Focus

BMS 232: Introduction to Nutrition*F/S3
KIN 556: Multilevel Approaches to Changing Physical Activity & Eating BehaviorsS3
NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for Health ProfessionalsS3
NUTR 241: Why We Eat What We EatF3
NUTR 245: Lifecycle NutritionS3
NUTR 355: Modifying Nutrition & Eating BehaviorS3

Active Learning (Experience) Focus

SPT&REC 296: Energy Vinyasa YogaF/S1
SPT&REC 298: Mind Body AwarenessF/S2
SPT&REC 298: Meditation with a Touch of YogaF/S2
SPT&REC 298: Running with the Mind of MeditationF2
SPT&REC 298: The Art of Healing: Introduction to Self-Care PracticesVaries1
SPT&REC 298: Wellness: Conscious LivingF2

* Online offering available.

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



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.