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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.

Program Type

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Format


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  • 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.

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.

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

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


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.

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 academic advisor Torry Rufer at or UWM Office of Admissions at 414-229-2222.

How to Apply

To apply to the Certificate in the Study of Complementary & Integrative Health Approaches, please email John Huegel at, or UWM Office of Admissions at 414-229-2222.

Important Information

This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations.

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a stand-alone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a stand-alone certificate who are seeking financial assistance may be eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

FastChoice is a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.

Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.