The full certificate program is an seven-week online program comprised of modules covering Cannabis History, Law and Policy, Plant Biology, Biological Effects on Humans, Social Impacts, Safety and Analytic Chemistry, and Clinical Research.

Overview

Cannabis LogoMedical marijuana is now legal in nearly half the states across the U.S. Used as an alternative to medications used for chronic pain and other conditions, cannabis is also the fastest growing industry in the country, with sales expected to reach $6.7 billion in total this year.

With such a dramatic rise in interest, there is an even greater demand for clinicians, dispensary managers, and edible creators to understand the indications, counter-indications, benefits, and risks of cannabis and medical marijuana.

UVM is the only medical school in the nation offering a professional certificate in cannabis and medicine. Our seven-week, online professional certificate is designed for physicians, dispensary personnel, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, edible creators, regulators, and budtenders.

test tubeOffered by UVM’s Department of Pharmacology, the non-credit program covers cannabis history, business, law and policy, plant biology, biological effects on humans, production and safety, pharmacology, and clinical research.

As a new industry-leading credential UVM’s Professional Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine gives professionals assurance they can accurately inform patients and customers, as well as gain a competitive advantage as a knowledgeable, trustworthy provider who can effectively minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of cannabis for therapeutic use.

There is one combined application and registration process for this program. As part of that process applicants must verify that they are 18 years of age or older, have a bachelor’s degree, and have completed college-level foundational science courses in Biology and Chemistry.

As an additional benefit, students who successfully complete the full Professional Certificate Program will be given free access to the five online Continuing Medical Education (CME) modules. Qualified participants will be able to claim CME credit for each module successfully completed. Information on how to access and complete the CME modules will be sent to students after completing the Professional Certificate Program.   

Curriculum

Cannabis Sample Syllabus Spring 2017By completing the Cannabis Science and Medicine certificate program, you will have the skills to:

  • Identify the potential benefits and risks of medical marijuana
  • Discuss dosing and pharmacokinetics of medical marijuana
  • Explain to patients the pharmacology of cannabinoids and terpenes and the best indications for clinical use
  • Identify the key legal issues around medical marijuana
  • Describe the pharmacology and toxicology of cannabis and cannabis-based products
  • Critically review and assess the current evidence for safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis-based products.

The curriculum includes the following:

Program Introduction:  History of Cannabis
Monique McHenry, PhD

Cannabis Business, Law, and Policy
Monique McHenry PhD, Kalev Freeman MD, PhD, Willy Cats-Baril, PhD

Cannabis Plant Biology and Basic Science
John McPartland, DO, Monique McHenry PhD, Wolfgang Dostmann, PhD

Cannabis Production and Safety
Monique McHenry, PhD, Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD

Cannabis Pharmacology
Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD, Karen Lounsbury, PhD, John MacKay, PhD

Cannabis Clinical Research (Pain)
Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD, Fran Carr, PhD

Cannabis Clinical Research (Motor Disorders)
Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD, Karen Lounsbury, PhD

Program Summary
Monique McHenry, PhD

As an additional benefit, students who successfully complete the full Professional Certificate Program will be given free access to the five online Continuing Medical Education (CME) modules. Qualified participants will be able to claim CME credit for each module successfully completed. Information on how to access and complete the CME modules will be sent to students after completing the Professional Certificate Program.

Faculty

Program Director 

Monique McHenry, PhD
Monique McHenry, PhD is a botanist with a background in plant diversity and evolution. She is co-founder of the Phytoscience Institute and the executive director of Vermont Patients Alliance Inc., a non-profit plant-based pharmaceutical research center and active in legislation and lobbying. She is also the co-director of a cannabis pharmacology course at the University of Vermont Medical School.  Dr. McHenry completed her BA and MSc at the University of Colorado, and her PhD at the University of Vermont, where she specialized in the diversity and evolution of plants.

 

Faculty/Presenters

Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD
Kalev Freeman, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist with a background in molecular biology and specific research interest in inflammation and injury. He is co-founder of the Phytoscience Institute and the Medical Director of Vermont Patients Alliance Inc., a non-profit, plant-based pharmaceutical research center that serves over 600 patients with debilitating medical conditions.  He completed his BA at the University of Michigan, and both his MD and PhD at the University of Colorado, where he specialized in molecular biology.

 

Karen Lounsbury, PhD
Karen Lounsbury, PhD is a professor of pharmacology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Research in Dr. Lounsbury’s laboratory is focused on understanding mechanisms whereby signals generated at the plasma membrane are communicated to the nucleus of vascular cells to mediate vascular remodeling and angiogenesis. Signaling pathways of current interest include protein kinase cascades, hypoxia signaling and mechanisms of calcium-regulated gene transcription in arterial smooth muscle cells and ovarian tumor cells.

 

Willy Cats-Baril, PhD
Willy Cats-Baril, PhD is an associate professor for Information and Decision Sciences at the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont. Dr. Cats-Baril expertise is quality assurance and continuous improvement, assessment of medical outcomes, and certification and maintenance of competence programs. He is also an entrepreneur.

 

Wolfgang Dostmann, PhD
Wolfgang Dostmann, PhD is a professor of pharmacology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and teaches a course on cannabis pharmacology.  His research interests focus on the topic of second messenger signaling, and he and his team specialize in research on the contraction function of muscle cells in blood vessels. Dr. Dostmann’s research is stimulated by and integrated through the use of a large variety of methods and techniques ranging from organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biophysics, physiology and pharmacology.

 

Frances Carr, PhD
University of Vermont
Professor, Department of Pharmacology

 

John MacKay, PhD
Waters Technologies
Senior Director, Strategic Technologies

 

John McPartland, DO, MS
University of Vermont College of Medicine, Family Medicine Department

 


Tuition and Funding

Tuition: $2,250

Funding/Scholarships: Federal financial and institutional aid for this professional certificate programs is not available.

Department of Labor Grants: For individuals outside of Vermont, consult your State Department of Labor to determine if there are training grants available to support non-credit certificates aimed at career change.

For Vermont Residents: Vermont’s Department of Labor has approved this program for grants to cover a portion of the program fees. The Vermont Legislature designates a certain amount of grant money every year for Vermont residents who want to pursue education or training beyond high school. These grants are administered through VSAC.

UVM Affiliates: 20% discount. UVM affiliates defined as UVM students, UVM alumni, UVM current and retired faculty and staff and their spouses and dependents, and UVM Medical Center employees, their spouses and dependents.