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The certificate in interprofessional public and population health is designed for students and working professionals involved in program planning and implementation, evaluation, education policy, health policy, engineering administration, research and other related areas.

It recognizes that an interdisciplinary, systems approach is essential for communities to solve complicated social and economic problems. No one perspective or set of strategies can address the many dimensions of current societal problems. Prevention and population health are important cornerstones of the solutions to these problems, requiring linkages and new models of interaction among primary care, hospitals, communities and public health.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus

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This graduate certificate is a 16-credit program with courses in four core disciplines: epidemiology, health policy, social and behavioral health, and environmental health. The fifth course grounds students in public health principles and practice. The sixth course will provide students the opportunity to engage in interprofessional workshops and other learning forums to foster competencies in interprofessional values, communication and teamwork. Three of the courses- in health behavior, epidemiology, and health policy- are offered online, which provides added flexibility for students.

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 among the College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing and the Zilber School of Public Health, and is coordinated through the Zilber School of Public Health with administrative support from the College of Nursing.

Time Limit

The student must complete all certificate course work within three years of initial enrollment in the certificate program.

The completion of 16 credit hours is required for the certificate program. All students are required to complete six courses:

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Environmental Health SciencesPH 7033
EpidemiologyNURS 7273
Health PolicyNURS 8033
*Multilevel Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating BehaviorsKIN 5563
*Physical Activity and Health Across the LifespanKIN 7323
Public Health Principles and PracticePH 7013
Foundations of Interprofessional PracticePRPP 7011
*Students may choose between KIN 556 or KIN 732

Students will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and meet all other standard requirements for UWM graduate students for continuation in the program.

Please note – Certificate students should apply through UWM’s Graduate School application system Panthera.

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. A separate application for the interprofessional certificate is required for enrollment.
  • Postgraduate student who has completed a graduate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale).

Those not already admitted to a UWM graduate degree program must complete a UW System online admission application and have an official undergraduate transcript sent to the Graduate School.

Students who are considering the UWM Master of Public Health degree or a specific degree in the College of Biomedical Sciences & Health Care Administration, College of Nursing or College of Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology are encouraged to talk with graduate program managers in those respective units to learn more about the specific degree program and how the certificate can fit into a long-range plan for a graduate degree. Please note that not all courses may be transferable to a specific degree.

Jennifer Daood
  • Graduate Program Manager