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Cannabis Science and Medicine at UVM

General Overview of Offerings

Cannabis LogoClinicians need access to high-quality education on up-to-date research and clinical applications of Cannabis for therapeutic use. Researchers, professionals and students need education on Cannabis law, policy, plant biology, chemistry, and Cannabis’s biological effects on the human body.

At the forefront of academic health care, the University of Vermont College of Medicine programs below help address the increasing need for research-based, and relevant medical Cannabis education across the country.

Educational Programs

Professional Certificate in Cannabis Plant Biology

Next Offering: 10/2/2019 - 11/26/2019

Duration: 8 weeks

Overview: Created in UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, this 8-week, fully online evidence-based program will cover cannabis chemicals, genetics, agricultural best practices, post-harvest handling, processing, as well as how cannabis affects the human body through learning basic pharmacology and examining the different modes of administration.

Cannabis Science and Medicine Professional Certificate

Next Offering: 10/2/2019 - 11/19/2019

Duration: 7 weeks

Overview: UVM is the first medical school in the nation to offer a professional certificate in cannabis and medicine. Our seven-week, online professional certificate is designed for physicians, dispensary personnel, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, and regulators.

Cannabis Science and Medicine Modules

Learning Format: Online, On-Demand

Duration: Vary in length, 1 ¼ to 2 hours

Overview: For people seeking well-researched micro-learnings focused on important aspects of Cannabis Science & Medicine, we offer five individual modules that can be completed independently. Topics include Medico-Legal, Biology and Basic Science, Physiology and Pharmacology, Pain Syndromes, and Motor Disorders.

Cannabis Speaker Series

Learning Format: Online, On-Demand

Overview: This 2016 series of talks examined the history, policies, and emerging dynamics around Cannabis.

Community Medical School

Learning Format: Online, On-Demand

Overview: Archived video presentations

Pharmacology 200: Cannabis Past, Present, and Future - 3 credit course offered annually through UVM’s Department of Pharmacology

Credits: 3

Duration: Semester

Overview: An introduction to the pharmacology underlying recreational and medicinal uses of Cannabis. Focuses on Cannabis taxonomy, chemistry of cannabinoids, physiological effects, and emerging therapeutic applications. Discusses historical, political and socio-economic influences on medical marijuana legislation.

Program Director

Monique McHenry, PhD


Monique McHenry, PhD is a botanist with a background in plant diversity and evolution. She is the co-director of the cannabis pharmacology course at the University of Vermont Medical School. She is also Co-Founder of the Phytoscience Institute, a plant-based pharmaceutical research center. Dr. McHenry completed her BA and MSc at the University of Colorado, and her PhD at the University of Vermont.

on the Blog

A Retired Science Teacher Explores a New Path with Cannabis

Central Vermont resident Ann Ndione is a retired science teacher who enrolled in the UVM Cannabis Science and Medicine Program this fall. Ann, who studied Horticulture and Horticultural Therapy at the New York Botanical Gardens, talked to us about her experience in the new UVM online program.

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