The certificate in care, health and resilience prepares undergraduates for working in today's helping professions: nursing, medicine, counseling, teaching, community services, ministry, emergency management and related fields. It emphasizes the skills and practices expected of paid care providers, ranging from the ability to nurture clients' physical, emotional and social well-being to helping people thrive despite life-altering circumstances.

The program's curriculum:

  • Provides students an opportunity to explore a variety of care-related occupations.
  • Addresses the needs of suffering people and at-risk populations.
  • Examines the ethical dilemmas posed by medical technologies and bureaucracies.
  • Links students to Colorado's only academic health sciences center, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and other local hospitals through its internship program.


The certificate is open to degree seeking CU Boulder undergraduates in good standing from any declared major and non-degree seeking students. There is no GPA requirement for admission into the program. Completion of the certificate requires the completion of 18 credit hours (9 upper-division) of approved courses with grades of C- or better. No more than 6 credit hours from other institutions will be accepted.

Required Courses and Credit Hours

Core Courses9
Choose two of the following:
Ethics and Social Issues in U.S. Health and Medicine
Sociology of the Helping Professions
Sociology of Death and Dying
Medical Sociology
Social Inequalities in Health
Suffering and Care in Society
Risk and Resilience in Society
Required Internship 13
Internship in Care, Health and Resilience 2
Choose three of the following:
Human Evolutionary Biology
Medical Anthropology
Urban Economics: The Economics of Cities
Topics in Health Economics
Writing, Reading, Culture (Epidemics & Literature)
Intermediate Environmental Problem Analysis: Topical Cornerstones
Social Justice, Leadership and Community Engagement Internships
Introduction to Global Public Health
Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture
Health and Medical Geography
Introduction to Epidemiology
Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
Introduction to Medical Ethics
Contemporary Moral Theory
Diversity, Disagreement, and Democracy: an Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Democracy
Social Psychology
Human Emotion
Psychology of Personality
Disabilities in Contemporary American Society
Hearing Loss Epidemiology
Gender, Personality, and Culture
Total Credit Hours18