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 4 courses (12 credits) from core content areas and 2 elective courses (6 credits).

4 required core competency courses:
PH 6020Epidemiology I3
PH 6040Environmental Public Health3
PH 6080Environmental Public Health 23
PH 6110Global Public Health3
Choose 2 elective courses from the list of approved courses, including but not limited to:6
Controversies in Public Health
Public Health & Health Policy
Public Health Biostatistics II
Food Systems & Public Hlth
Environmental Risk & Risk Comm
Public Health Surveillance
Social Determinants of Health
Improving Health in Population
Public Health Communications
Controversies in HlthEconomics
Global Health Leadership
One Health: Zoonoses
Public Health Informatics
Investigating DiseaseOutbreaks
Legal Issues in Health Care
Climate Change & Human Health
Health in Humanitarian Crises
Exploring Healthcare Systems
Climate Change Emergencies
Maternal and Child Health
Global Mental Health
Special Topics