Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health

The 15-credit Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health (PH) provides individuals from diverse backgrounds with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in public health, health policy, community health, epidemiology as well as offering students an opportunity to pursue interests in evaluation, planning or quality.

The public health certificate can serve to augment a student's previous academic training and facilitate advancement in a variety of private health and service organizations as well as public agencies. Alternatively, the certificate can serve as a strong introduction and preview to the field of public health prior to committing to a formal masters' program.

Certificate students who apply for, and are admitted to, the master's of public health degree, may transfer up to 15 credits from their certificate coursework.  

Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon 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 live at a distance via two-way audio video options through PolyCom broadcasts to other UMaine campuses, or streaming video available on student’s own devices . One Summer and one Fall courses are offered using weekly, asynchronous online course technologies.

For More Information

For more information, please contact:

Elise Bolda
Chair, Public Health Program
Phone: (207) 780-4847

Required Courses (9 credits):

Select six credits from the following list:

Visit USM Graduate Admissions 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 565.

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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