Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) modalities advocate for care that is patient-centered, healing oriented, and use therapeutic approaches originating from conventional and alternative medicine. With the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Certificate in the Study of Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches, you will 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.

Why choose us?

  • We offer one of the few undergraduate certificates in the Study of Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches in the country.
  • Online course offerings give you flexible scheduling options.
  • Courses are taught by highly skilled and expert instructors.

What can I do with a Certificate in the Study of Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches?

There is growing demand for complementary and integrative medicine outside of and within traditional health care settings. The Certificate gives you the skills to critically evaluate the current and future use of integrative health care and expands the knowledge you will need to work in a variety of health care settings, such as nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.



To enter the program, you need to be enrolled in a UWM undergraduate degree program or hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

The first step to declaring the Certificate in Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches is to apply to UWM .

For further guidance, please contact the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs at 414-229-2758 or the UWM Office of Admissions at 414-229-2222.



Fifteen credits 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 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.



You are required to complete the program within 5 years of the start of your first certificate course. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained on all required coursework.