Public Health

Program Type
Undergraduate Certificate
Undergraduate Certificate
Mode of Study

Tuition per credit hour

In-state: $297;
Out-of-state: $875. See details and other costs

Credit hours

12 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Program duration

Finish in as few as 2 semesters. Explore program requirements


Rolling admissions. Begin program in fall, spring, or summer. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Take advantage of a flexible schedule: Complete your certificate through a blend of in-person and online courses.
  • Build a basic foundation for evidence-based learning about the public health issues affecting area communities and society at large.
  • Prepare for a variety of roles tackling health challenges in diverse fields of professional practice.
  • Pursue the certificate independently or make progress toward a degree: You can apply course credits from your certificate toward a USM bachelor’s degree.
  • Learn from accomplished, versatile faculty dedicated to educating the next generation of public health leaders.
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Program requirements

Prepare for a rewarding profession designed to address health issues in communities, including environmental health, emergency preparedness, outbreak investigations, needs assessments, emerging infectious diseases, as well as the threat of bioterrorism. You’ll learn to become a decision-maker and policy advocate.

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Versatile, accomplished faculty

Each faculty member brings diverse individual experience, socio-cultural backgrounds, and intellectual traditions within the fields of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. You’ll learn the ethical principles and regulatory requirements needed for protecting human subjects.

Next steps

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