University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Public Health (Certificate of Graduate Study)


Public health is a dynamic and challenging, multidisciplinary field blending public policy, research, and population health sciences. The focus of public health is on promoting healthy practices and preventing disease among entire populations, rather than on treating individual illness.

The University of Vermont’s online Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health enables students to explore current public health and health policy issues while gaining 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 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.

Specific Requirements

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health requires eighteen credits including five courses (fifteen credits) from five core content areas and one elective course (three credits).

Five required core competency courses:

  • PH 301 Public Health and Health Policy
  • PH 302 Epidemiology I
  • PH 303 Biostatistics I – Applied Research Methods in Public Health
  • PH 304 Environmental Health
  • PH 305 Policy, Organization and Financing of Health Care

Choose one elective (three credits) from a list of approved elective courses including:

  • PH 310 Public Health Law and Ethics
  • PH 311 Global Public Health
  • PH 312 Food Systems and Public Health

More information on the Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health is available on the College of Medicine Link out of catalogue site. website.