New undergraduate Health Policy Certificate application opens Nov. 1

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the health sector? The La Follette School’s Certificate in Health Policy allows undergraduate students to gain critical knowledge and experience before entering the job market or graduate school.

The new program prepares students to understand and shape health policy in Wisconsin and across the United States. Coursework includes an introduction to health policy, analytic skills for health policy, a specialization course from several options across campus, and an applied fieldwork experience. Official program details are in The Guide.

The application portal opens Nov. 1 and closes Nov. 30. Applicants should have sophomore credit standing, should have taken (or be registered to take) one of the required courses, and will submit a short statement outlining their career interests.

“We already have seen a lot of interest from across UW–Madison programs,” says Mary Michaud, who teaches health policy and advises undergraduate students. “This 12-credit program will offer a solid grounding for work in a very complex sector.”

In the interest of building a truly interdisciplinary experience, the certificate program welcomes all majors.

“The next step in the La Follette School’s expansion kicks off next week when we begin accepting applications for our Undergraduate Certificate in Health Policy,” says La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us we need to train future policy leaders, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators in health policy. This certificate is a great way to do that.”

Details are online. For more information, email Michaud.