Public Health CGS

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


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

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 one college-level course in mathematics and one college-level course in science.

Minimum Degree 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 (15 credits):
PH 301Public Health & Health Policy3
PH 302Epidemiology I3
PH 303Biostatistics I:App Rsch in PH3
PH 304Environmental Public Health3
PA 312/PH 317Mgmt in Hlth Services&Med Care3
or PH 305 Pol,Org & Finance in Hlth Care
Choose one elective (3 credits) from a list of approved elective courses, including but not limited to:3
Social&Behavioral Public Hlth
Epidemiology 2
Environmental Public Health 2
Public Health Biostatistics II
Public Health Law and Ethics
Global Public Health
Food Systems & Public Hlth
Environmental Risk & Risk Comm
Public Health Surveillance
ImprovingHlth in Patients&Pop
Environmental Health Law & Pol
Controversies in HlthEconomics
Public Health Informatics
Investigating DiseaseOutbreaks
Legal Issues in Health Care
Special Topics

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