Capstone Certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy

Schools: Law, Medicine & Public Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy
Department: Center for Patient Partnerships
Web site:
Contact:Certificate Coordinator, 608-265-6267,

This certificate is designed to educate a diversity of learners interested in health advocacy such as current health care providers seeking to enhance their knowledge, professionals interested in pursuing a new career, and other learners drawn to professional advocacy for personal or professional experiences.  This certificate can be completed online, on-campus, or a combination of online and on-campus. 

Our learners:

  • Develop advocacy capacities that emphasizes patient empowerment
  • Gain critical health advocacy competencies with real-world relevance
  • Join a collaborative, interactive learning environment with interdisciplinary peers and faculty
  • Enjoy a low teacher-learner ratio that facilitates individualized guidance

Our curriculum emphasizes:

  • Critical reflection and life-long learning
  • Advocacy as social justice and a commitment to healing our healthcare system
  • Capacity building and empathy
  • Patient advocacy ethics and values
  • Interprofessionalism, health care teams, and care transitions
  • Cultural competency and health literacy
  • Relevant legal, financial, and medical knowledge
  • Clinical trial searching, medical decision-making, and problem solving

The Consumer Health Advocacy Capstone Certificate is a 12-credit certificate available for working professionals or non-traditional students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program at the UW-Madison.
It consists of 4 courses, and includes learning by advocating for patients with life threatening illnesses.  If you are thinking about a career change, want to strengthen your healthcare career, or would like to acquire advocacy skills to help yourself or others—consider this certificate opportunity.


Apply for this Capstone Certificate as a University Special student through the Division of Continuing Studies using the online application. You must also complete a separate CPP application to be submitted through the Center for Patient Partnerships (CPP) website.

For more information

Contact: Certificate Coordinator, Center for Patient Partnerships, Rm 4311, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706; 608-265-6267; Please refer to the CPP education webpage for detailed course information.

For general information about the Center for Patient Partnerships, visit their website at

General questions about Capstone Certificate administration should be directed to Continuing Studies at 608-263-6960, or email