Environmental Studies at UVM

Christine Vatovec

Research Assistant Professor

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Medicine

Areas of Interest: 

Environmental health, socio-ecological consequences of medical care, health benefits of nature contact, qualitative methods


Dr. Christine Vatovec is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Vermont with joint appointments in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the College of Medicine.  Dr. Vatovec is an environmental health social scientist who seeks to inspire students to actively participate in the social dialog that shapes the health and well-being of humans and the natural environment.  She teaches Human Health and the Environment..


  • Ph.D. Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin, 2010
  • M.S. Conservation Biology & Sustainable Agriculture Systems, University of Minnesota, 2002
  • B.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University, 1998

Professional Affiliations: 

  • American Public Health Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • International Association for Ecology and Health
  • Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute

Info for Prospective Graduate Students: 

As an interdisciplinary environmental health social scientist, the foundation of my work lies within the research specializations of sustainability science, environmental health, and environmental sociology. I draw on theories and tools from these subdisciplines, but also from anthropology, environmental justice, environmental and medical history, environmental psychology, environmental studies, and public health sciences. My research focuses on two areas regarding the interplay between human health and the environment: 1) the socio-ecological consequences of medical care (or, how human health-seeking behaviors impact the environment), and 2) the human health benefits of nature contact (or, how the environment impacts human health).