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Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health

Leading the Way in Public Health Education

Public health is a multidisciplinary field, combining public policy, research, and population health sciences, with a focus on promoting healthy practices and preventing disease among populations. UVM’s online Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health is a concise, six-course introduction to the field of public health.

Our online Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health enables you to explore current public health and health policy issues while building a strong foundation in population health sciences, including epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health.

The program is designed for medical and graduate students, health practitioners, public health professionals, researchers, and others who want to increase their knowledge and prepare for further graduate study.

Our program teaches you to:

  • Evaluate and improve the health of a variety of populations
  • Work with a collaborative network of professionals in healthcare, government, and non-profit organizations
  • Navigate multiple levels of community resources
  • Understand changes to the healthcare system and new requirements for accountability
  • Implement new models for population-based medical practice
  • Prepare for graduate study or research in public health and related field

The program is designed for medical and graduate students, health practitioners, public health professionals, researchers and others who wish to increase their knowledge in the vital field of public health. It also prepares graduates for advanced study at the master’s and doctoral levels.

 

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

  • Five required courses (15 credits) from five core content areas, as well as one elective course (3 credits) from a relevant area of your choosing
  • The five core content areas cover:
    • PH301 Public Health and Health Policy
    • PH302 Epidemiology
    • PH303 Biostatistics
    • PH304 Environmental Public Health
    • PH305 or PH317 Health Policy and Management
  • Students can choose from a variety of topical electives, including:
    • Global Public Health
    • Food Systems and Public Health
    • Public Health Law
  • Courses taught by faculty experts from UVM’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 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 professional schedule
GCPH Required CORE Courses (planned schedule, subject to change) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH301 Public Health and Health Policy
PH302 Epidemiology I
PH303 Biostatistics I: Applied Research in Public Health
PH304 Environmental Public Health I
PH317 Management in Health Services and Medical Care (or PH305)
GCPH Regularly Scheduled Electives (planned schedule, subject to change) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH306 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
PH307 Epidemiology II PH302, PH303
PH308 Environmental Public Health II PH304
PH309 Public Health Biostatistics II PH303
PH310 Public Health Law & Ethics
PH311 Global Public Health
PH312 Public Health and Food Systems (usually every other year)
PH315 Public Health Surveillance (usually every other year) PH302
PH321 Controversies in Health Economics
PH324 Public Health Informatics
PH325 Investigating Disease Outbreaks
PH326 Legal Issues in Health Care
PH329 Global Health Law, Ethics and Policy
Non-Scheduled Pop-Up Electives (more under development) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH314 Environmental Risk and Risk Communication
PH318 Improving Health of Patients and Populations
PH319 Environmental Public Health Law & Policy
PH322 One Health: Zoonoses
PH327 Climate Change and Public Health
PH328 Epidemiology for Practice

Example Curriculum Sequence Maps:

  1. One Year Program: Students will be required to take 6 credits (2 courses) per semester for three semesters
  2. Two Year Program: Students will be need to take 3 credits (1 course) per semester for six semesters

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