Muskie School of Public Service

Master of Public Health Program earns accreditation

The University of Southern Maine's Master of Public Health Program (MPH) has earned accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

This five-year CEPH credential extends retroactively three years, and covers the period September 21, 2013 to December 31, 2021.

"Our CEPH accreditation is important because it reflects an internationally recognized standard of excellence in public health education at the master's level" said Brenda Joly, PhD, Chair-elect of the Muskie School's Graduate Program in Public Health and faculty accreditation lead.

CEPH accreditation further assures the academic integrity of public health programs through access to professional colleagues and resources, along with evolving standards that are recognized globally as evidence of program quality and relevance to the field.

USM offers the only MPH degree in the University of Maine System and students can enroll full or part-time. The program delivers courses that typically meet once a week in person, in Portland. Several courses offer remote, real-time, participation to engage students wherever they live. MPH courses are open to non-degree students and those seeking Graduate Certificates in Public Health, Health Policy and Management, or the fully online certificate in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.

"The new CEPH accreditation strengthens the program's accredited offerings," said Elise Bolda, the program's current chair. "The Master of Public (MPH) degree program specializations target students interested in public health generally and in healthcare management. The healthcare management specialization is an outgrowth of the Muskie School's earlier Master of Science in Health Policy and Administration (HPM) and is separately accredited by the Council on Accreditation in Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). That specialization has been accredited continuously since 2003."

The program offers students robust practical experience drawing on a network of engaged local, state and national partners. More than 50 professionals from 35 different organizations in Maine, and beyond, have precepted students or worked with students as they complete their field experience and/or capstone project. Since its inception, USM's Muskie School has graduated more than 45 MPH students, many of whom stay in Maine.

MPH graduates are employed by state and city government, healthcare systems, and health and human service organizations in the public and private sectors, drawing on expertise gained through courses and their experience as research assistants working with nationally recognized program faculty and professional staff as part of the Muskie School's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, and the Maine Public Health Institute.