Admissions to the Leadership for Population Health Improvement Capstone Certificate have been suspended as of spring 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

The Capstone Certificate in Leadership for Population Health Improvement from UW–Madison’s Department of Population Health Sciences engages participants to build upon their professional training and experience by providing new knowledge, skills, and cutting-edge strategies for population health improvement. Upon completion of this certificate program, participants will be prepared to identify opportunities for policy and system change and exercise stronger leadership skills, including planning, communication, collaboration, and negotiation.

The capstone certificate in leadership for population health improvement is designed for students who are interested in strengthening their capacity to contribute to population health improvement. The program is online and consists of four 3-credit courses.   It is designed to be taken over a one-year period (summer-fall-spring), but can be extended to two years or more. The certificate is well-suited for participants with academic backgrounds in medicine, nursing, law, allied health, social work, pharmacy, business, public affairs and health systems engineering, specifically exposing leaders in other sectors to public health. Returning post-master’s and post-doctoral students seeking professional development to complement their existing degrees may also consider this certificate. The certificate program is also an ideal introduction to population health during a "gap" year.

Further details, including tuition and costs, is provided on the certificate program website

Admissions to the Leadership for Population Health Improvement Capstone Certificate have been suspended as of spring 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the department.

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.000
Core Requirement
POP HLTH 780 Public Health: Principles and Practice3
POP HLTH 785 Health Systems, Management, and Policy3
POP HLTH 879 Politics of Health Policy2-3
POP HLTH 714 Leadership for Population Health Improvement3
Total Credits11-12

1. Identify opportunities to make effective policy and system changes.

2. Show strong leadership, communication, collaboration, and negotiation skills.

3. Apply concepts to improve the health of human populations.