The Muskie School of Public Service is Maine’s distinguished public policy school, combining an extensive applied research and technical assistance portfolio with rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs in geography-anthropology; policy, planning, and management (MPPM); and public health (MPH). The school is nationally recognized for applying innovative knowledge to critical issues in the fields of sustainable development and health and human service policy and management, and is home to the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

Overview of the School

In 1990, when the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service was named in his honor, Senator Muskie challenged students, faculty, and researchers to make a real difference in the lives of the people of Maine and the nation. Through its teaching, research and public service, the school is educating leaders, informing policy and practice, and strengthening civic life. In all its activities, the school carries on the values, ideals and contributions of Edmund S. Muskie as exemplified in his long and distinguished career as a public servant for Maine and the nation.

The school's more than 200 faculty and research staff come from a wide variety of academic, public management, and direct service backgrounds, including sociology, anthropology, economics, health and social policy, business, finance, psychology, social work, public health, law, public administration, public policy, environmental policy, and mental health. Approximately half the faculty hold joint teaching/research appointments.

Educating Leaders

Through the Muskie School's interdisciplinary, problem-focused  degree programs students gain a broad understanding of the challenges of leadership and develop competencies in policy planning, analysis, and management. Visiting guest speakers, student's work experiences, group assignments, and faculty research bring current events into the classroom and students into the halls of the legislature, town planning offices, health centers, and many other public, private, and nonprofit settings.

Informing Policy and Practice

The school's extensive applied research programs directly contribute to organizational, program, and policy innovation and capacity. The school is increasingly recognized nationally for applying the university's analysis and research resources to critical issues in the fields of health policy, child and family well-being, public sector management and innovation, community planning, geographic information systems, environment, and economic development.

The scope of faculty and research staff activities ranges from research and policy analysis, to training and technical assistance, to demonstration projects that design and test innovative program and policy strategies.

Strengthening Civic Life

Publications, reports, and conferences are direct outcomes of scholarship and research by the faculty, staff, and students and provide policymakers, practitioners and the general public with information and analysis to educate and inform decision-making and implementation. Public forums and events inform and engage the community and provide a non-partisan meeting ground for discussion and debate. Students have opportunities to attend, participate in, and contribute to the Muskie School's expanding public outreach activities.

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New Publications

What's New?

Ciolfi, M. L., Griffin, E., Pratt, J., Richards, M., Gildard, S., & Byrne, B. (2016). Living with a brain injury in Maine: Individual experiences, perceptions, and need.  Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Lenardson, J. D., Gale, J. A., & Ziller, E. C. (2016). Rural opioid abuse: Prevalence and user characteristics. (PB 63-1). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center.

Snow, K. I., Gressani, T., Olsen, L., McGuire, C., Bratesman, S., Mauney, K., & Theriault, J. (2016). Adults using long term services and supports: Population and service use trends in Maine, SFY 2014. (Chartbook). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.

Talbot, J. A., Ziller, E. C., & Szlocek, D. (2016). Mental health first aid in rural communities: Appropriateness and outcomes. Journal of Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12173.

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