Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy and Management

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy & Management (HPM) provides the opportunity to learn about the broad social context of health systems and health policies and to develop both policy analysis and management skills appropriate to the field. The certificate program offers an introduction to health management and policy for students entering the field. The program engages experienced professionals in healthcare and other fields in the exploration of legal and ethical issues, quality improvement, and health information management. HPM certificate students 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.

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.  Courses are offered at the Muskie School in Portland at 4:00 p.m. or later, with several streamed live via interactive technologies.

Certificate students who apply for, and are admitted to, the Master of Public Health degree, may transfer up to 12 credits from their certificate coursework.  

For More Information

For more information, please contact:

Elise Bolda, Ph.D.
Chair, Public Health Program
Phone: (207) 780-4847

The following courses (6 credits) are required:

  • MPH 525 The American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 630 Health Planning and Marketing (3 credits)

Students must also choose two courses (6 credits) from the following electives:

  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • MPH 640 Health Finance I (3 credits)
  • MPH 645 Health Finance II* (3 credits)
  • MPH 660 Health Policy (3 credits)
  • MPH 670 Quality Improvement (3 credits)
  • MPH 675 Health Information Management (3 credits)
  • MPH 683 Patient Safety

* Prerequisite for MPH 645 is MPH 640 Health Finance I or instructor permission



Visit the USM Graduate Admissions site for information on the graduate certificate program application process.


If students are taking one course per semester:

  • Students beginning in the fall start with MPH 525.
  • Students beginning in the spring start with MPH 630.

Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening for the convenience of working students. Fall and Spring courses meet once a week and are held in the Wishcamper Center on the USM Portland campus. A growing number of courses are accessible live at a distance via two-way audio video options through PolyCom broadcasts to other UMaine campuses, or streaming video available on student’s own devices . One Summer and one Fall courses are offered using weekly, asynchronous online course technologies


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