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 1 college-level course in mathematics and 1 college-level course in science.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health requires 18 credits including 5 courses (15 credits) from 5 core content areas and 1 elective course (3 credits).

5 required core competency courses (15 credits):
PH 6010Public Health & Health Policy3
PH 6020Epidemiology I3
PH 6030Biostatistics I:App Rsch in PH3
PH 6040Environmental Public Health3
PH 6170Mgmt in Hlth Services&Med Care3
or PH 6050 Pol,Org & Finance in Hlth Care
Choose 1 elective (3 credits) from a list of approved elective courses, including but not limited to:3
Controversies in Public Health
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
Social Determinants of Health
Improving Health in Population
Public Health Communications
Controversies in HlthEconomics
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

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