Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy and Management
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy & Management (HPM) can augment a student's previous academic training and facilitate advancement in a variety of private health and service organizations as well as in public agencies. Alternately, the certificate can serve as a strong introduction to the field of public health prior to committing to a formal master's program. The program provides the opportunity to learn about the broad social context of health systems and health policies and to develop policy analysis and management skills appropriate to the field. Experienced professionals in healthcare and other fields can explore legal and ethical issues, quality improvement, and health information management.
HPM certificate students from diverse backgrounds gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in health policy, planning, as well as the fundamentals of health care management.
Certificate students who apply for, and are admitted to, the Master of Public Health degree, may transfer up to 12 credits from their certificate coursework.
Courses are schedule in the late afternon and evening for the convenience of working students. Fall and Spring courses meet once a week and are held in the Wishcamper Center on the USM Portland Campus. A growing number of courses are accessible through PolyCom connection to other UMaine campuses or via internet on students' own devices. In addition, one course in Spring and Summer semesters is offered using weekly asynchronous online technology. Depending on course choices, this certificate can be completed at-a-distance.
For more information, please contact:
Elise Bolda, Ph.D.
Phone: (207) 780-4847
Required Courses (six credits):
Select six credits from the following list:
- MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research
- MPH 575 Health Systems Organization and Management
- MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics
- MPH 640 Health Finance*
- MPH 660 Health Policy
- MPH 670 Quality Improvement
- MPH 675 Health Information Management
- MPH 683 Patient Safety
* Prerequisite for MPH 640 Health Finance is basic accounting or permission of the instructor.
Visit the USM Admissions site for information on the graduate certificate program application process.
If students are taking one course per semester:
- Students beginning in the fall start with MPH 525.
- Students beginning in the spring start with MPH 630.
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