Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health
The 15-credit Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health (PH) provides individuals from diverse backgrounds with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in public health, health policy, community health, epidemiology as well as offering students an opportunity to pursue interests in evaluation, planning or quality.
The public health certificate can serve to augment a student's previous academic training and facilitate advancement in a variety of private health and service organizations as well as public agencies. Alternatively, the certificate can serve as a strong introduction and preview to the field of public health prior to committing to a formal masters' program.
Certificate students who apply for, and are admitted to, the master's of public health degree, may transfer up to 15 credits from their certificate coursework.
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.
For More Information
For more information, please contact:
Chair, Public Health Program
Phone: (207) 780-4847
Required Courses (9 credits):
- MPH 525 American Health Systems (3 credits)
- MPH 535/AMS 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
- MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Foundations for Public Health (3 credits)
Select six credits from the following list:
- MPH 545/AMS 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)
- MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
- MPH 575 Health Systems Organizations and Management (3 credits)
- MPH 590 Health Literacy (3 credits)
- MPH 630 Health Planning and Marketing (3 credits)
- MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics (3 credits)
- MPH 640 Finance I (3 credits)
- MPH 645 Finance II (2 credits)
- MPH 650 Applied Public Health Research and Evaluation (3 credits)
- MPH 655 Public Health Practice (3 credits)
- MPH 660 Health Policy (3 credits)
- MPH 665 Health Economics (3 credits)
- MPH 670 Quality Improvement (3 credits)
- MPH 675 Health Information Management (3 credits)
- MPH 683 Patient Safety (3 credits)
Visit USM Graduate Admissions 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 565.
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