2017-18 Catalogs

Certificate in Public Health

The Certificate in Public Health is open to anyone.

This certificate addresses a need for awareness of public health issues not only in Maine, but the whole world. Evolutionary and multicultural aspects of diseases and their interface with human populations are daily headlines in the media: for instance, health care systems; food utilization and governmental policies; epidemics of flu, HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant strains of TB, and other emerging infectious diseases; as well as the threat of bioterrorism, are all concerns of the discipline of Public Health. Preparing undergraduates, decision makers, and policy advocates to understand the multitude of public health concerns and apply relevant knowledge is essential in today's world. The Public Health Certificate can complement the preparation of students and professionals working in human services and allied health and applied sciences, providing them with the capacity to contribute to relevant policy-making and advocacy. 

IMPORTANT:  Public Health is also available as a Concentration for students majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and as a Minor for students in any degree program at USM. This page describes the Public Health Certificate. Click here for information on the Public Health Concentration, and here for information on the Public Health Minor.

Graduate Study in Public Health:

Individuals pursuing the Public Health Certificate may also be interested in USM's Master of Public Health program.

Required courses
     SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
     SBS/SCI 336 Introduction to Public Health
     SBS/SCI 337 Introduction to Epidemiology

In addition, one of the following elective courses must be completed:
     ANT 233 Food and Culture
     SBS 304 Food, Culture and Eating
     SBS 308/ANT 302 Medical Anthropology    

*A minimum grade of C in each course is required to earn the certificate.


Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for application information.