Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Director, Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan (HEAL) Center
Director, Center for Women in Medicine and Science
University of Minnesota Medical School
Family Medicine and Community Health            

Even when individuals want to give up addictive behaviors, adopt healthier behaviors or follow a chronic disease treatment regimen, they often have a difficult time doing so.  Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client centered directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. This course is designed to introduce participants to the theoretical basis of the MI style and to help them begin to acquire skills and strategies for using the MI style in diverse contexts (clinic, community program, research) and relative to diverse behavioral issues (additions, healthy lifestyle behaviors, chronic disease adherence). With brief background lectures on the theoretical basis of MI and empirical evidence of its efficacy, class sessions will emphasize demonstration and practice of MI skills and strategies.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 6060-101 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

Enrollment for this course opens on February 22, 2024.

For more information: z.umn.edu/PHI.


After attending this course learners will be able to:

  • Describe the evidence-base, theory and principles of motivational interviewing as an approach for empowering clients to realize their health behavior goals.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the nature of ambivalence about behavior change and how to effectively work with clients to resolve their ambivalence as a means of effecting behavior change.
  • Acquire 5-10 skills/strategies for incorporating MI in your professional practice setting/context.

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. SPH is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

SPH will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Contact & Questions

Email phi@umn.edu.

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