Adult and Returning Students

The Online Consumer Health Advocacy Program


The Center’s online Consumer Health Advocacy certificate program educates a diversity of learners interested in health advocacy. We offer two certificate tracks focused on either individual-level patient advocacy or system/policy level health advocacy.

Our educational approach encourages hands-on learning by advocating for patients directly through the nation’s only certificate program with an experiential Patient Advocacy Clinic. Students can complete the entire program from a distance (except a 2-day in-person orientation) or in a blended (in-person + online) format. Students may take Introduction to Patient Advocacy course as a standalone course.

Students have the option to receive either 12 graduate level credits on a UW Madison transcript or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the UW-Extension.

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis.

Certificate Requirements:

All students begin with the Introduction to Patient Advocacy course and progress to Applied Advocacy Experience courses. Students will be directly advocating for patients under the supervision of a faculty instructor throughout the two semesters of these experiential learning courses. Students will complete the program with the Models of System Level Advocacy course. On average, students take 12-18 months to complete our program. We work with students to create individual learner schedules based on their availability and goals.


Tuition and Financing Options:

For 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 (bridge) 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.
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.


For Non-Credit Seeking Students (Working professionals seeking competitively priced professional development.):

Program Tuition: Four courses for $2001 each, with 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). $8004 for the whole certificate.
Other Costs: Travel and other expenses for the required in-person orientation.
Outcome: 48 continuing education units & certificate.
Financial Options: Non-Credit Seeking Students can apply for private loans. More information can be found here.