UVM offers new online graduate certificate in public health

American healthcare system redesign and adjustment demands new requirements for accountability, collaborative healthcare networks, and population-based medical practice. Designed to address these fundamental changes, the University of Vermont (UVM) is launching the much anticipated online certificate of graduate study in public health. Beginning in summer 2013, medical and nursing students, health practitioners, public health professionals, and healthcare researchers can enroll in the 18-credit, online graduate course which navigates current public health and health policy issues. Students will gain a strong foundation in population health sciences including epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health.

Applications are now being accepted, and students can begin public health graduate certificate coursework as early as summer 2013. The 18-credit, one-year online course includes five required courses/one elective and offers individualized academic advising.

Learn more about public health certification eligibility, prerequisites and application inquiries, by visiting www.learn.uvm.edu/health-3/public-health-certificate. 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. “With the many changes in health care and new models of population-based medical practice, it is more important than ever for medical and public health practitioners to develop the skills needed to evaluate and promote health for a wide variety of populations,” says Dr. Jan Carney, associate dean for public health and professor of medicine at UVM College of Medicine and co-developer of UVM’s online certificate for graduate study in public health. “This new program is aimed at helping individuals develop those skills and providing a broad ethical framework for decision making, leadership, and advocacy.” Trained across the field of population health sciences, faculty will challenge students to explore public health and policy issues while developing the skills and foundation to advance in the fluctuating healthcare system. The UVM online certificate of graduate study in public health faculty hail from UVM’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Vermont Department of Health, and

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, call (802) 656-2085.

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