Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy & Management
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy & Management provides the opportunity to learn about the broad social context of health service or health service policy and to develop both policy analysis and management skills appropriate to the field. Health professionals from diverse backgrounds gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in health policy, planning, and financing, as well as the fundamentals of health care management and community health. Enrollment in the certificate program is limited to ensure active participation and interaction among faculty and program participants.
Students take four courses (11 credits) from the graduate program in public health. Courses are offered at the Muskie School in Portland, with several offered at University of Maine System campuses through UNET (the University's Interactive Television Network). Students admitted to the Master of Public Health program will receive credit for courses taken in the certificate program in which they received a grade of B or better.
The certificates of graduate studies may be taken as an additional six credits of coursework to augment the master's degree, or as a 12- to 15-credit certificate program that does not require matriculation in a degree program. Certificate programs include a choice of courses selected from the master's degree in public health curricula. Students may transfer their coursework into the degree program if they later decide to pursue a master's degree.
To apply, contact USM Graduate Admissions or visit the Certificate of Graduate Study website
For More Information
For more information, please contact:
Andy Coburn, PhD
Chair, Public Health Program
Phone: (207) 780-4435
Student Affairs Office
The certificate program in health policy and management examines the broad policy, economic, financial, and organizational foundations of the health system. The certificate program offers an introduction to the core knowledge and skills in health management and policy field for students entering the field. The program also offers experienced professionals in healthcare and other fields the opportunity to explore management and policy issues, knowledge, and skills relevant to the challenges of the rapidly changing health system. Certificate courses are selected from the curriculum of the Master of Public Health degree program. The certificate courses are taught by Muskie core faculty as well as adjunct faculty from senior management and policy positions in public and nonprofit organizations. Students may transfer their coursework up to 12 credits into the degree program if they later decide to pursue a master's degree.
The certificate consists of two (2) required and two (2) elective courses (12 credits). :
Required courses are:
Student may choose two courses from the following elective courses: