Certificate of Graduate Study in Policy Analysis
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Policy Analysis is designed for social service professionals, children's advocates, teachers, justice system personnel, union and community organizers, policy analysts, policy makers, political activists, planners, and others seeking a better understanding of the intersections between economics, social justice theory, and social policy analysis.
This certificate is a stand-alone credential, or the 12 credits may be transferred into the Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management degree program.
Students select four courses (12 credits) including two required courses and two electives from the following list of approved courses. Other courses may be approved upon request.
If students have not previously completed an introductory-level microeconomics course (or equivalent), at the undergraduate or graduate level, they will be required to complete an undergraduate microeconomics course or PPM 611 Economics and Policy, Planning, and Management as part of the certificate.
Required Courses (6 credits)
Select two additional courses (6 credits) from the following:
- PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development
- PPM 570 Argumentation and Advocacy
- PPM 608 Dispute Management
- PPM 611 Economics for Policy, Planning, and Management
- PPM 612 Sustainable Communities
- PPM 622 Applied Policy Analysis
- PPM 665 Transportation Planning and Policy
- PPM 667 Housing Planning and Policy
- PPM 672 Food Policy and Planning
- PPM 683 Environmental Law and Policy
- PPM 695 Independent Study (with certificate coordinator's permission)
- PPM 696 Public Service Internship (1-3 credits)
- ECO 623 U.S. Labor and Employment Relations
- MPH 525 American Health Systems
- MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Health
- MPH 660 Public Health Policy
Other courses from BUS, GYA, ESP, LAW, and SWO may be approved upon request. Please check with your advisor on other appropriate courses.
Visit USM Admissions for information on the graduate certificate program application process.
Ciolfi, M. L., Griffin, E., Pratt, J., Richards, M., Gildard, S., & Byrne, B. (2016). Living with a brain injury in Maine: Individual experiences, perceptions, and need. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.
Lenardson, J. D., Gale, J. A., & Ziller, E. C. (2016). Rural opioid abuse: Prevalence and user characteristics. (PB 63-1). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center.
Snow, K. I., Gressani, T., Olsen, L., McGuire, C., Bratesman, S., Mauney, K., & Theriault, J. (2016). Adults using long term services and supports: Population and service use trends in Maine, SFY 2014. (Chartbook). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service.
Talbot, J. A., Ziller, E. C., & Szlocek, D. (2016). Mental health first aid in rural communities: Appropriateness and outcomes. Journal of Rural Health. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12173.