Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree. Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the admitting office for all University Special students. However, the department offering the capstone certificate program makes the final admission decision upon review of all applicant materials. All application materials must be received by the deadline posted on the program website. 

Application steps

A complete application includes the following information:

  1. An online application for admission as a University Special student, selecting UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Consumer Health Advocacy. This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the specific capstone certificate coordinator. 
  2. An application and materials required by the Center for Patient Partnerships, with their certificate's online application provided on the program's website here

Materials required include:

  • a personal statement,
  • résumé,
  • two references,
  • one letter of recommendation,
  • transcripts for any current program or coursework and all prior degrees,
  • and a $75 non-refundable application fee
  • the Center for Patient Partnerships (CPP) application


Admitted students receive a formal letter of admission to UW–Madison from Adult Career and Special Student Services along with general enrollment information. Additional detail is provided on the ACSSS enrollment page

The coordinator for the capstone certificate will send an email to admitted students with specific information pertaining to enrollment in and completion of the capstone program.

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.000
Foundation Courses
LAW 940 Law and Contemporary Problems (Introduction to Health Advocacy)3
LAW/​MED SC-M/​NURSING  768 Consumer Health Advocacy and Patient-Centered Care Clinical (Intro)3
LAW/​MED SC-M/​NURSING  768 Consumer Health Advocacy and Patient-Centered Care Clinical (Advanced)3
LAW 940 Law and Contemporary Problems (Models of System Level Advocacy)3
Total Credits12
  1. Develop advocacy capacity that emphasizes patient empowerment.
  2. Develop critical health advocacy competencies including communication, collaborative decision making, cultural humility, and ethics.
  3. Experience the discipline of advocacy from a case-based perspective, and explore how various key advocacy roles can be useful in specific situations.
  4. Gain familiarity with the U. S. health care delivery system and the systemic problems that give rise to the need for advocacy at the individual organizational and policy levels.