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Certificate of Graduate Study in Global and Environmental Health

Leading the Way in Public Health Education

Global and Environmental Health is a multidisciplinary field, blending public policy, epidemiology, toxicology, and population health sciences. UVM’s Certificate of Graduate Study in Global and Environmental Health is an 18-credit graduate program that helps you explore a range of health hazards, health-promotion strategies, and environmental public health practices.

This one-year online program is a collaboration of the College of Medicine, Continuing and Distance Education, and the UVM Graduate College. Graduate students can take this as a stand-alone program or as part of a master’s, MD, or PhD program.

This Graduate Certificate Program teaches you to:

  • Evaluate, promote, and improve health across populations
  • Explain barriers to public health and discuss health-promotion strategies
  • Collaborate with a network of professionals in healthcare, government, and non-profit organizations
  • Learn basic epidemiology skills, such as descriptive epidemiology
  • Understand environmental factors and exposure routes affecting health
  • Navigate community resources
  • Prepare for further graduate study or research in public health and related fields

The program is designed for medical and graduate students; health practitioners; public health professionals and researchers; environmental specialists, engineers and scientists; and others who wish to increase their knowledge in global and environmental public health. It also prepares graduates for advanced study at the masters and doctoral level.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Global and Environmental Health is an 18-credit, one-year online program. Among the highlights:

  • Four required courses (12 credits), as well as two elective courses (6 credits) from a relevant area of your choosing
  • The three core content areas cover:
    • PH304, PH308 Environmental Public Health (6 credits)
    • PH301 Public Health and Health Policy (3 credits)
    • PH302 Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Students choose two courses from topical electives, including:
    • PH312 Public Health & Food Systems (3 credits)
    • PH319 Environmental Public Health Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • PH314 Environmental Risk & Communication (3 credits)
    • PH325 Investigating Disease Outbreaks (3 credits)
    • PH324 Public Health Informatics (3 credits)
    • PH322 One Health: Zoonoses (3 credits)
    • PH315 Public Health Surveillance (3 credits)
  • Courses taught by faculty experts from UVM’s College of Medicine, the Vermont Department of Health, and experts trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Individualized academic advising
  • Courses offered during Spring, Fall, and Summer terms to ensure that you can fit the program into your work or academic schedule
EPH Required CORE Courses (planned schedule, subject to change) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH301 Public Health and Health Policy
PH302 Epidemiology I
PH304 Environmental Public Health I
PH308 Environmental Public Health II PH304
EPH Regularly Scheduled Electives (planned schedule, subject to change) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH311 Global Public Health
PH312 Public Health and Food Systems (usually every other year)
PH315 Public Health Surveillance (usually every other year) PH302
PH324 Public Health Informatics
PH325 Investigating Disease Outbreaks
Non-Scheduled Pop-Up Electives (more under development) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH314 Environmental Risk and Risk Communication
PH319 Environmental Health Law & Policy
PH322 One Health: Zoonoses
PH327 Climate Change and Public Health

Example Curriculum Sequence Maps:

  1. One Year Program: Students will be required to take 6 credits (2 courses) per semester for three semesters. Please note, starting in the Spring will require four semesters. Contact our student advisor, at 802-656-2085 for any questions.
  2. Two Year Program: Students will be need to take 3 credits (1 course) per semester for six semesters

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