Certificate Programs

The School of Pharmacy presently promotes five certificate programs. All are open to professional (PharmD) and graduate (MS/PhD) students in the School of Pharmacy. Each includes an array of core and elective course offerings that complement the PharmD program.  Certificates are not stand-alone; must be an active School of Pharmacy student to enroll.

Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate

Today, as health systems grow more and more complex, health consumers — individually and collectively — increasingly turn to adept advocates to help them navigate medical, legal, employment, financial and psychosocial issues, and improve the systems and instruments that support health care access and quality.

A guiding principle of this certificate program is that consumer perspectives must be included in any health care performance improvement initiative. The Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate will provide students with: key knowledge of health consumer perspectives, advanced health advocacy competencies, and tools to strategically advance health care reform efforts through inter-professional collaboration, policy initiatives, and systemic interventions. The certificate is available to students in the Schools of Medicine & Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Law.

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Global Health Certificate

This certificate program focuses on global health topics and health issues that transcend national boundaries, emphasizing health and disease in developing countries. Through a nine-credit program of course work and a global health field experience, students will be prepared to address health disparities in a context of cultural diversity. Certificate recipients may serve populations internationally or work among the increasingly diverse population of Wisconsin and the United States.

Students may focus their studies on health promotion, detection and treatment of disease, prevention and management of outbreaks, health policy, environmental health, or other interdisciplinary topics. Available as a graduate certificate to professional students in the health sciences, to graduate students in health-related fields, and as a capstone certificate to individuals with a minimum of a BA or BS in a health-related field, the Global Health Certificate is a collaborative offering from the schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and the Division of International Studies.

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Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) Certificates
Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research

To conduct clinical studies adequately, it is necessary to understand the principles of research design and statistical analysis. With the increasing complexities in clinical research, it is imperative that clinical researchers receive a minimum training in clinical research methods. The objective of this certificate program in clinical research methodology is to provide formalized training and a practicum in research design and statistical analysis for clinical research to professionals in health care and biotechnology and in the pharmaceutical industry.

Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research

The Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research addresses a well documented gap in what should be a continuum between basic health and medical research discoveries and the application of those discoveries in clinical and public health practice. To bridge this gap new discoveries must move beyond efficacy studies (type I translational research) to research that tests effectiveness in real world settings.

Type 2 translational research builds on type 1 by focusing on the application of efficacious practices in typical community settings, exploring factors that facilitate or impede implementation of efficacious practices. Type 2 translational research requires engagement among community members, organizations, clinicians and researchers as partners in the research process and draws on a distinct set of skills. This certificate focuses on the development of skills to engage successfully in T2TR.

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Patient Safety Certificate

It has been estimated that at least 98,000 US adults die each year from medical errors; fewer people die from breast cancer, AIDS or auto accidents. The costs associated with preventable medical errors exceed $17 billion. To help train scientists and practitioners to effectively reduce the likelihood of preventable patient harm, the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers the Certificate in Patient Safety.

The objectives of this program are to increase student knowledge about how systems engineering and systems design can be used to identify, analyze and solve patient safety research and applied problems. The Certificate is supported by the School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and College of Engineering.

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