MPH in Public Health

Career Options

Graduates of the Muskie School are working in diverse roles in the health services and public health fields in Maine and throughout the country. Our students and graduates have more than 40 different job titles, from Chief Executive Officer to Director of Research. They are health leaders, informing policy and practice, managing health and public health organizations, working to improve our population’s health. Whether you want to advance within your current career or begin a new career path, the MPH program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed.

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Healthy weight, chronic disease, health system performance and costs, access to health care, environmental threats, health disparities – these are some of the pressing public health problems facing Maine and the nation. Through our nationally-recognized academic and research programs, the Muskie School of Public Service is dedicated to improving health and health systems.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree prepares students with the practical knowledge and skills to address today’s complex population health and health services needs. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the MPH program delivers a broad population health and health systems perspective, with a nationally accredited specialization in Health Management. The program offers hands-on field experience opportunities in a wide variety of public health and healthcare organizations in Maine and beyond including state and local health departments, primary care and multi-specialty physician practices, hospitals, and health and health-related organizations. Graduates work in the public and private sectors to apply evidence-based practices and state-of-the-art knowledge and skills to improve population health.

The MPH program offers many opportunities for experiential learning.  Through paid graduate and research assistantships with nationally recognized faculty and staff, many students engage in projects addressing public health, health service, and health policy problems critical to improving public health and health systems.  Faculty and alumni offer strong connections with the practice community, creating opportunities for field placements, capstone projects, and career networking.

Click on the "Learn More" tab below to discover the benefits of studying the dynamic field of public health, to explore ways to advance your career through a Muskie degree, and to meet our program faculty, students, and alumni.


For More Information

For more information about the Public Health program, please e-mail Elise Bolda, program chair at eliseb@usm.maine.edu or (207) 780-4847.

 

The Master of Public Health offers a competency-based curriculum that provides a foundation of knowledge and the opportunity to develop core skills for effective performance in public health, including management and leadership positions. Coursework is characterized by both individual and team assignments designed to build competencies and to integrate learning across the curriculum. Competencies in oral and written communication are developed throughout the curriculum, along with competencies in informed decision making (e.g. epidemiology, biostatistics), and leadership and management. Students may choose to pursue a specialization in Health Management, which establishes the specific courses students are required to successfully complete.

The program offers full- and part-time options and a schedule conducive to career professionals with classes in the late afternoon and evening. Some courses may be streamed via the web, available via the University of Maine System’s videoconference network, or via distance through other technology.
 
Core Courses (required for all Public Health students) – 24 credits:

 
Courses required for optional Health Management specialization – 20 credits:

 
MPH Elective Courses
Students pursuing the Health Management specialization are required to select three credits from either of the elective lists below.  Students not pursuing the Health Management specialization are required to select 21 credits from the ‘Health Management’ list above or either of the elective lists below, of which a minimum of 15 credit hours must carry the MPH prefix:

 
Pre-approved elective courses from other programs:

Please see the USM Graduate Admissions website for information regarding program admissions.

Full-time MPH Students (Health Management Specialization)
Year 1, Fall Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPH 640 Health Finance (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 630 Health Planning and Marketing (3 credits)
  • MPH 645 Health Finance II (2 credits)
  • MPH 670 Quality Improvement (3 credits)

Year 1, Summer - 3 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 11 credits:

  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • MPH 675 Health Information Management (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 9 credits:

  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
  • MPH 665 Health Economics (3 credits)
  • MPH 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Full-time MPH Students
Year 1, Fall Semester - 9 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • Elective 1 (3 credits)
  • Elective 2 (3 credits)

Year 1, Summer - 3 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • Elective 3 (3 credits)
  • Elective 4 (3 credits)
  • Elective 5 (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 9 credits:

  • Elective 6 (3 credits)
  • Elective 7 (3 credits)
  • MPH 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Part-time MPH Students (Management Specialization)
Year 1, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 630 Health Planning and Marketing (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)
  • MPH 640 Health Finance I (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 5 credits:

  • MPH 645 Health Finance II (2 credits)
  • MPH 670 Quality Improvement (3 credits)

Year 3, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics (3 credits)

Year 3, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
  • MPH 665 Health Economics (3 credits)

Year 3, Summer Semester - 3 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)

Year 4, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 675 Health Information Management (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Year 4, Spring Semester - 3 credits:

  • MPH 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Part-time MPH Students
Year 1, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System (3 credits)
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)

Year 1, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 555 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH Elective 1 (3 credits)
  • MPH Elective 2 (3 credits)

Year 3, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH Elective 3 (3 credits)
  • MPH Elective 4 (3 credits)

Year 3, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience (3 credits)
  • MPH Elective 5 (3 credits)

Year 4, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • Elective 6 (3 credits)
  • Elective 7 (3 credits)

Year 4, Spring Semester - 3 credits:

  • MPH 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Graduate Program in Public Health: Program Statement

Read the Graduate Program in Public Health program statement (PDF) or view the statement sections individually:


Why Study Public Health at USM?

From our competency-based curriculum to our CAHME accreditation to our nationally recognized faculty, there are so many reasons to study Public Health at the Muskie School.  Learn more


Public Health Faculty

Students in the Muskie School Graduate Program in Public Health benefit from the knowledge and experience of the program's nationally recognized core, adjunct, and practice faculty.  Learn more


Career Options

Graduates of the Muskie School are working in diverse roles in the health services and public health fields in Maine and throughout the country. Our students and graduates have more than 40 different job titles from Chief Executive Officer to Director of Research.  Learn more


Employers, Partner Organizations, and Field Placements

The Public Health program offers hands-on field experience opportunities in a wide variety of public health and healthcare organizations in Maine and beyond. Our program alumni also offer a vast network throughout hospitals, state and local health departments, primary care and multi-specialty physician practices, and nonprofit health and health-related organizations.  Learn more


Program Competencies

Competencies describe activities or behaviors students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of a learning experience. Compentencies of the Public Health program include elements of communication, leadership, health policy and management, public health science, research, and theory, and informed decision-making.  Learn more


MPH Advisory Committee

The MPH Advisory Committee provides diverse perspectives, advice, and input to the Graduate Program in Public Health on its direction, priorities, and opportunities.  Learn more

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