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Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Note: During its ongoing restructuring, the Public Health Graduate Certificate program is not currently accepting applications.

The Public Health Certificate is designed for students and working professionals involved in health programming, evaluation, education policy, engineering administration, research, and other areas related to public health. It is a 15-credit program with courses in each of the five core disciplines: epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration and policy, social and behavioral health, and environmental health. The certificate allows students to choose courses that are customized to the student's interests.

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 Zilber School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences and College of Nursing, and is coordinated through the Zilber School of Public Health. Courses are offered from a variety of disciplines campus-wide, including social welfare, psychology, nursing, and health sciences.


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.
  • 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.

Credits and Courses

The completion of 15 credit hours is required for the certificate program. All students are required to complete three core courses: Biometry BIOSCI 465 (3 credits), Epidemiology NURS 727 (3 credits), and Environmental Health CLS 590 (3 credits). In addition, students will complete courses in Social/Behavioral Health, and in Health Administration & Policy. A current listing of courses that meet these requirements can be obtained from the Zilber School of Public Health. Students will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and meet all other standard requirements for UWM graduate students for continuation in the program. Other courses may be included upon approval of the Program Director.

Time Limit

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

Page last updated on: 02/16/2015