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Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health


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 masters and doctoral levels.

Whether you simply want to learn more about public health issues or you seek a new career in healthcare, research or public health, our Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health program can help further your goals.

Our online program will teach you how to:

  • Evaluate, promote and improve the health of a wide variety of populations.
  • Develop and work with a multidisciplinary, collaborative network of professionals in healthcare, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • Navigate the 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 further graduate study or research in public health and related fields.



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:
    • Public Health and Health Policy
    • Epidemiology
    • Biostatistics
    • Environmental Health
    • Health Policy and Management
  • Students may choose from a variety of topical electives, including:
    • Global Public Health
    • Food Systems and Public Health
    • Public Health Law
  • Faculty experts from UVM’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Vermont Department of Health, and experts trained at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Individualized academic advising
  • Courses are offered during spring, fall and summer terms to ensure that you can fit the program into your work or college schedule.
Who Should Apply?

Our graduate-level program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree. It is designed for:

  • Medical and graduate students in health, nursing and environmental sciences.
  • Healthcare practitioners trained in medicine, nursing or other healthcare professions.
  • Non-clinical professionals working in public health, healthcare, government and non-profit agencies.
  • Highly motivated students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • One college-level course in mathematics required
  • One college-level course in science required

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