Public Health Projects teaches students to apply the principles and science of public health while working to meet the needs and improve the health of the community.

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Why Public Health?

  • Health issues of today connect the health of patients and populations.
  • Health reform requires skills in population health.
  • Physicians have a role and responsibility in improving public (population) health.
  • Medical students will become better doctors.

Public Health Issues = Community Health Needs

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NEW: Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health

The University of Vermont’s online Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health, a joint program of the College of Medicine, the Graduate College, and Continuing & Distance Education, 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.

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Community Agency Feedback

Agencies overwhelmingly agree that projects benefit people served by their organization. The demand for projects continues to grow. Reasons community agencies participate:

  • Wanted to influence the training of future health professionals
  • Wanted to make a connection with the University of Vermont
  • Needed additional help
  • Positive prior experience with students!

Results

  • Advocacy for resources
  • Access to Health Care – “eligibility specialist”
  • Community Planning – Seniors
  • Grant proposals
  • Problem solving – e.g. blood donation
  • Public Health Education
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Scholarship

Community Agency Partners

Each year the College of Medicine does 16 community-driven projects. A few of the agencies we have worked with include:

  • Community Health Center of Burlington
  • American Cancer Society
  • Puppets in Education
  • American Red Cross
  • Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
  • Safe Harbor and COTS
  • YMCA
  • Starr Farm Nursing Center
  • VNA
  • Chittenden East S.U.
  • Vermont Department of Health
  • Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility
  • Peace and Justice Center of Vermont
  • NeighborKeepers
  • Cathedral Square Corp.
  • Vermont Lung Assoc.
  • Hunger Free Vermont
  • Women Helping Battered Women