The new Certificate in Health Policy prepares undergraduate students to understand and shape health policy in Wisconsin and in the United States. Coursework includes an introduction to health policy, analytic skills for health policy, a specialization course from a variety of options across campus, and an applied fieldwork experience. Official program details can be found in The Guide.
In the interest of building a truly interdisciplinary experience, the Certificate welcomes majors across UW–Madison. More than 50 students will enter our first cohort of students this January! The application window closed November 30, but we invite you to apply next November! In the meantime, courses you take in Spring 2022 will “count” toward the Certificate requirements.
Required Certificate courses
- Intro to Health Policy in the United States: Public Affairs 201 (3 credits)
- What Works in Health Policy? Public Affairs 281 (3 credits)
- Specialization course (3 credits)
- Internship/fieldwork (3 credits)
Courses can be completed in any order, although we suggest completing the internship later so that you can take course learning into your experience.
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How to apply
The online application portal will open be November 1 – November 30, 2021.
As part of the application, you’ll need to prepare a short statement of interest outlining why you would like to complete the Certificate and how it complements your major and other studies.
When to apply
You have already taken, or have registered to take, Public Affairs 201, 281, or a specialization course.
You are at least a sophomore (in credits) with good academic standing with your college.