Why study Caring for the Underserved?

Embark on a transformative journey with the Caring for the Underserved Certificate program, a unique offering from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Winkle College of Pharmacy.

This immersive program focuses on essential coursework and clinical training, nurturing your ability to become a compassionate advocate for vulnerable and marginalized populations, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Benefit from our dynamic and interactive approach, which combines innovative, practice-based training with insights from industry experts and community partners.

Collaborate with like-minded peers and receive mentorship from our dedicated and collaborative faculty. Together, let's provide unparalleled care that meets the diverse needs of patients, making a difference not only in Ohio, but also beyond.


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, please complete the University of Cincinnati Graduate Application and submit the following documents within the application:

  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

  • Provide a letter of intent expressing your motivation for joining the certificate program

  • Write a one-to-two-page paper responding to the following prompts:

    • How will the skills obtained in this certificate program enhance your professional career?

    • What specific skills do you hope to acquire by completing the certificate program?

    • Share an adversity you have overcome in your past.

  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak to your character and desire to assist those in need, such as a manager, volunteer coordinator, or spiritual leader.

  • Participate in a personal interview


In this program, students engage in a minimum of 11 credit hours of online elective courses and experiential learning. They also direct their projects and professional development assignments towards serving underserved populations, an essential component of their master's or doctorate degree. 

Our coursework delves into the impact of environmental and societal factors on the health of underserved populations, fostering collaboration among healthcare professionals to develop effective care strategies. Through this, students contribute new knowledge to enhance care plans and delivery, making a tangible difference in patient outcomes. 

To learn more about this program's training and curriculum, view the Curriculum tab below.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Anne Metzger
3255 Eden Ave.
171 Kowalewski Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 558-0264

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Program Code: 25GC-CU-GC