Post-Graduate Capstone Certificate

The Consumer Health Advocacy Program

The Center’s Consumer Health Advocacy certificate program educates a diversity of learners interested in health care advocacy at the individual and systems levels. If you are a currently enrolled student at UW Madison, please visit this page.

Our educational approach encourages hands-on learning by advocating for patients directly (individual-level patient advocacy) through the nation’s only certificate program with an experiential Patient Advocacy Clinic. All students are exposed to system/policy level health advocacy as well, and for those interested, this can be a primary focus of your studies.

Students will receive a total of 12 graduate-level credits on a UW Madison transcript.

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis.

 Certificate Requirements:

Law 768: Applied Advocacy Experience (Intro)

  • 3 credits- 12 hours per week (Minimum of 6 of those hours must take place during business hours) Includes 2-hour weekly seminar
  • Available both fall and spring semesters

Law 768: Applied Advocacy Experience (Advanced)

  • 3 credits- 12 hours per week (Minimum of 6 of those hours must take place during business hours) Includes 2-hour weekly seminar
  • Available both fall and spring semesters

Law 940: From Patient to Policy

  • 3 credits
  • Blended learning- a combination of online and in-person

Elective

  • 3 credits

All students begin with Applied Advocacy Experience- Intro where you will be directly advocating for patients under the supervision of a faculty instructor as well as learning foundational skills for developing effective partnerships with patients. In the Applied Advocacy Experience- Advanced semester you can continue to provide individual advocacy with more complexity or choose to move “upstream” and work on projects related to systemic changes in health care. The From Patient to Policy course,  explores methods of system level advocacy through the lens of patient engagement.

On average, students take 12-18 months to complete our program, the actual time to completion varies based on individual students.  We work with students to create individual learner schedules based on your availability and goals.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Must have a 3.0 grade point average on the completion of a Bachelor’s degree (or 3.0 on last 60 credits)
  • Complete an interview with the Admissions Committee

Tuition and Financing Options:

Credit Seeking Students (Returning adult students with a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) pursuing or strongly considering additional graduate education; Future healthcare professionals who are taking a gap year prior to enrolling in a health science, public health, or health administration program.):

Program Tuition: Four 3-credit courses for $2400 each; $9600 for the whole certificate.
Other Costs: Travel and other expenses for the required in-person orientation. $75 application fee
Outcome: 12 graduate level credits, transcript notation & certificate.
Financial Options: Credit Seeking students might be eligible for scholarships and grants. More information can be found here.

 

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