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Master of Public Health Program

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Environmental Public Health

Environmental Public Health is a dynamic and challenging multidisciplinary field blending public policy, research and population health sciences. With growing concerns about how climate change, water quality, and air pollution are affecting animal and human health, the field of Environmental Public Health is more important than ever. The University of Vermont's online Certificate of Graduate Study in Environmental Public Health, a joint program of the College of Medicine, the Graduate College, and Continuing & Distance Education, gives students the opportunity to explore a range of human health hazards and methods of environmental health practice, including toxicology. Students earn the entire 18 credits online and can complete the program within one year.

Whether you simply want to learn more about environmental public health issues or you seek a new career, our Certificate of Graduate Study in Environmental 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.
  • Explain barriers to public health and give examples of health promotion strategies.
  • Develop and work with a multidisciplinary, collaborative network of professionals in health care, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • Learn and practice basic epidemiology skills, such as descriptive epidemiology.
  • Understand environmental factors and exposure routes that affect human health
  • Navigate the multiple levels of community resources.
  • Prepare for further graduate study or research in public health and related fields.


The Certificate of Graduate Study in Environmental Public 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
  • Certificate credtis are wholly transferable to the UVM Master of Public Health.
  • The three core content areas cover:
    • Environmental Public Health
    • Public Health and Health Policy
    • Epidemiology
  • Students may choose from three topical electives, including:
    • Food Systems and Public Health
    • Environmental Public Health Law and Policy
    • Environmental Risk and Communication
  • Courses are 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 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.
  • Environmental Specialists, Engineers, scientists, and 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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