University of Wisconsin–Madison

Holistic Review Process

Health professional programs evaluate applicants holistically. They are interested in everything about you—your academic and non-academic experiences, your skills, sensitivities, awarenesses, and other personal attributes. They also—importantly—really want to know why you are interested in the career path you are pursuing.

The maturity and thoughtfulness you show in describing all these things are critical parts of your application. Talk with advisors at CPHA about developing depth of insight as you think about your interest in and preparation for a health professional program.

Learn more below.


Surrounded by a sea of flowering bluebells, undergraduate Sydney Rearick works on her laptop computer while studying under a historic bur oak tree near Nancy Nicholas Hall at the University of Wisconsin on May 13, 2013. A major in human development and family studies, Rearick was writing a paper for a class on family stress and coping during final-exams week of spring semester. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)