Post-Graduate Capstone Certificate

The Consumer Health Advocacy Program

Contact learning@patientpartnerships.org for more information about next possible cohort openings or to apply.

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 graduate 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 (see “Courses” on sidebar for full course descriptions):

Law 940: Introduction to Patient Advocacy

  • 3 credits
  • Primarily online with two live sessions
  • Available fall  semester

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
  • Available spring Semester

All students begin with Introduction to Patient Advocacy where you will learn patient perspectives, communication, reflective learning and an overview of the health care system. Applied Advocacy Experience- Intro comes next 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 9-18 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 (currently remote due to Covid-19). $75 application fee
Outcome: 12 graduate level credits, transcript notation & certificate.
Financial Options: Credit Seeking students might be eligible for scholarships and grants but will likely need to complete the program in 9 months to receive financial aid. More information can be found here.

 

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