Adult and Returning Students

The Online Consumer Health Advocacy Program


Application for Fall 2018 cohort is due on August 1. Please reach out to us at or 608 263 7736 to schedule an advising session.

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. 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 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.  Fall 2018 cohort application is due on August 1.

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.



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