eLearning starburstAt the Muskie School of Public Service, we create cost-effective, online continuing professional development programs for people working in the health and social service professions. Our learning formats are synchronous, asynchronous and blended. We work closely with our partners to customize each curriculum to the needs and environments of their learners.

Recent partners include the Maine Commission for Community Service and Maine State Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Transportation, as well as national partnerships with the U.S. DHHS, Children’s Bureau, USDA, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Association of Regulatory Administrators.

A sample of current projects includes:

National Association of Regulatory Administration - NARA

There are four courses in this online education program which leads to the first national credential for regulatory administrators. The content is developed via a partnership between the Muskie School and subject matter experts at NARA and is based on decades of research and tested regulatory policies and procedures. The course design is highly interactive, allowing licensors to apply their learning to case studies and scenarios.


Leadership Academy for Child Welfare Supervisors

The Leadership Academy for Supervisors (LAS) was developed by the Muskie School as a project of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, https://www.ncwwi.org/ a partnership between the federal Department of Health and Human Services, eight universities, and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. All aspects of this academy are delivered online through self-directed, interactive learning using real-life examples. The six courses in the core curriculum provide 30 contact hours of training eligible for CEU’s at the University of Southern Maine. The LAS was the recipient of the 2011 National Quality Award from the National Staff Development and Training Association, a division of the American Public Human Services Association.


Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Waiver Assurance Training

This module focuses on the vital role of the case manager in meeting federal HCBS waiver assurances. The training methodology relies heavily on scenario-based learning as there are two unique story lines that are followed throughout the training based on two unique audiences. Development of the training was funded by the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).


Introduction to Maine Local Health Officers Training

This training is sponsored by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control, and is mandatory for Local Health Officers in each of Maine’s 600 municipalities. The purpose of this self-paced, online course is to prepare new LHO’s with the basic background and knowledge needed to succeed in this complicated role.


Alternatives to Guardianship

This tutorial is both a course and a reference guide. It is designed to help friends and families learn more about guardianship and its alternatives in order to make informed decisions on behalf of their loved ones. While this tutorial is focused on friends and family members, other individuals or groups such as care coordinators, support staff, case managers, and attorneys may also find the information useful as a review and reference for their clients.


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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