2020-21 Catalogs

MPH in Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Healthy living, chronic disease, health system performance and costs, access to health care, environmental threats, health disparities – these are some of the pressing public health concerns 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 is an accredited program that 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. 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, community-based organizations, primary care and multi-specialty physician practices, hospitals, and health and health-related agencies. 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 health and health systems.  Faculty and alumni offer strong connections with the practice community, creating opportunities for field placements, capstone projects, and career networking.


For More Information

For more information about the Public Health program, please contact Erika Ziller, erika.ziller@maine.edu.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a generalist curriculum that provides a foundation of knowledge and the opportunity to develop core skills for effective performance in public health fields, including management and leadership positions. Coursework includes both individual and team assignments, and is designed to build program competencies and to integrate learning across the curriculum. Oral and written communication skills are developed throughout the curriculum, along with competencies in informed decision-making (e.g. epidemiology, biostatistics), and leadership and management. The MPH is a 45 credit hour degree. The Graduate Program in Public Health was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2016, for the period 2013 through 2021.

Students have 33 credit hours of Required Core Courses. In addition, students must take an additional 12 elective credit hours of which at least 9 elective credits must be courses with the MPH designation. The remaining three credits may include a course from the MPH program or other programs.

No course with a final grade of less than B- will be accepted towards graduation requirements. To demonstrate satisfactory progress towards the MPH degree and be eligible for graduation, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0.  In accordance with USM Graduate Studies’ policy, if a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation and must bring the cumulative GPA to 3.0 level within the next semester or s/he will be withdrawn from the program.

Required Core Courses – 33 credits:

  • MPH 525 American Health System
  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis
  • MPH 555 Environmental Health
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health
  • MPH 575 Health Program Planning and Management
  • MPH 580 Health Literacy and Communication (online)
  • MPH 650 Public Health Research and Evaluation
  • MPH 660 Health Policy (Prerequisite: MPH 525 American Health Systems or permission of instructor)
  • MPH 698 Field Experience
  • MPH 699 Capstone

MPH Elective Courses
Students are required to select 12 elective credits. Elective credits may be drawn from the elective list below. Students must select a  minimum of 9 credit hours that carry the MPH prefix.

MPH Electives:

  • MPH 500 Introduction to Public Health
  • MPH 539 Topics in Public Health (students may take multiple times with different topics)
  • MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics
  • MPH 655 Public Health Practice
  • MPH 665 Health Economics
  • MPH 670 Quality Improvement
  • MPH 677 Regression Models in Public Health
  • MPH 681 Seminar in Public Health – Behavioral Health
  • MPH 682 Seminar in Public Health – Long-Term Care, Aging & Disability Policy
  • MPH 683 Patient Safety (Online)

Pre-approved elective courses from other programs:

  • GEO 608 Geographic Information System Applications I
  • GEO 618 Geographic Information Systems Applications II
  • PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development
  • MBA 676 Data Management and Analysis (online)
  • MBA 677 Information Visualization (online) (Prerequisite: MPH 676 Data Management and Analysis or permission of the instructor)

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

  • MPH 525 American Health Systems
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis
  • MPH 575 Health Program Planning and Management

Year 1, Spring Semester - 12 credits:

  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health
  • MPH 660 Health Policy (prerequisite MPH 525 American Health Systems or permission of instructor)
  • MPH 555 Environmental Health

Year 1, Summer - 6 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience
  • Elective 1 (3 credits)

Year 2, Fall Semester - 9 credits:

  • MPH 650 Applied Research and Evaluation
  • MPH 580 Health Literacy
  • Elective 2 (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 9 credits:

  • MPH 699 Capstone
  • Elective 3 (3 credits)
  • Elective 4 (3 credits)

 

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

  • MPH 525 American Health Systems
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis

Year 1, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research 
  • MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health

Year 2, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 575 Health Program Planning and Management
  • MPH Elective 1 (3 credits)

Year 2, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 660 Health Policy (prerequisite MPH 525 American Health Systems or permission of instructor)
  • MPH 555 Environmental Health

Year 2, Summer Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 698 Field Experience
  • Elective 2 (3 credits) 

Year 3, Fall Semester - 6 credits:

  • MPH 650 Applied Research and Evaluation 
  • MPH 580 Health Literacy

Year 3, Spring Semester - 6 credits:

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

Year 4, Fall Semester - 3 credits:

  • Elective 4 (3 credits)