Global and Environmental Health CGS

All students must meet the Requirements for the Certificates of Graduate Study (CGS)


The field of environmental health continues to become more global in response to globalization and changing public health issues. Infectious diseases are not bound by borders and are often related to environmental change. Examples like COVID-19 and Zika emphasize the local and global nature of disease, and climate change with its impact on weather, disease, food, water, vectors and emergency response.

The University of Vermont’s online Certificate of Graduate Study in Global and Environmental Health is an 18-credit program that gives students the opportunity to explore the global nature of environmental health issues including the built environment, infectious disease, climate change, and one health interrelationships between human and animal health. The program is designed for medical and graduate students; health practitioners; public health professionals and researchers; environmental specialists, engineers and scientists; and others who wish to increase their knowledge in global and environmental public health. It also prepares graduates for advanced study at the masters and doctoral level. 

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Certificate of Graduate Study

Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and have completed 1 college-level course in mathematics and 1 college-level course in science.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Global and Environmental Health requires 18 credits including 3 courses (9 credits) from core content areas and 3 elective courses (9 credits).

3 required core competency courses:
PH 304Environmental Public Health3
PH 308Environmental Public Health 23
PH 302Epidemiology I3
Choose 3 elective courses from the list of approved courses, including but not limited to:9
Public Health & Health Policy
Food Systems & Public Hlth
Environmental Risk & Risk Comm
Public Health Surveillance
One Health: Zoonoses
Investigating DiseaseOutbreaks
Health in Humanitarian Crises
Climate Change Emergencies
Global Mental Health