Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods is designed for students and practitioners who want to learn to use data more effectively on the job and in the community. The certificate emphasizes data acquisition, data analysis and presentation, choosing and applying statistical techniques to real world problems, and practical application of analytical tools.


Students complete 12 credits of study, including a required three-credit course and nine credits of elective coursework, selected from a list of approved courses. This certificate can be completed entirely over the web.

Select 3 credits of foundation coursework:

  • PPM 601 Quantitative Methods for Policy, Planning, and Management (3 credits)
  • AMS 545/MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis (3 credits)

Select an additional nine credits from the above courses or from following list:

  • AMS 535/MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research (3 credits)
  • AMS 677 Regression Analysis in the Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • CPD 622 Introduction to Arc/GIS (3 credits)
  • CPD 625 Community Planning Analysis and Land Use Modeling (3 credits)
  • PPM 503/603 Applied Research Methods modules (1 credit each)
  • PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 602 Research Design (3 credits)
  • PPM 604 Evaluation Methods (3 credits)
  • PPM 606 Survey Methods and Design (3 credits)
  • PPM 695 Independent Study (with certificate coordinator's permission)

Visit USM Graduate Admissions for information on the graduate certificate program application process.


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