Certificate in Interprofessional Public and Population Health


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 areas related to public and population health. 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.

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 will provide 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 between 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.


Please note – Certificate students should apply through UWM’s Graduate 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.
  • Post-graduate 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 MPH degree, or a specific degree in CHS or CON, 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.

Credits and Courses

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

  • Environmental Health Sciences PH 703 (3 credits)
  • Epidemiology NURS 727 (3 credits)
  • Health Policy NURS 803 (3 credits)
  • Multilevel Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors KIN 556 (3 credits) OR Physical Activity and Health across the Lifespan KIN 732
  • Public Health Principles and Practice PH 701 (3 credits)
  • Foundations of Interprofessional Practice PRPP 703 (1 credit).

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

Time Limit

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