The Muskie School of Public Service is Maine’s distinguished public policy school, combining an extensive applied research and technical assistance portfolio with rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs in geography-anthropology; policy, planning, and management (MPPM); and public health (MPH). The school is nationally recognized for applying innovative knowledge to critical issues in the fields of sustainable development and health and human service policy and management, and is home to the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

News & Events

Rising Tide Award presented to Vickie Koehler
At the 6th annual Patient Safety Academy on September 23rd, two Rising Tide Award winners were honored. Held on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus, the Patient Safety Academy is an annual interdisciplinary meeting that brings together healthcare professionals, students, academics and consumer advocates to explore best practices in patient safety and quality improvement. The Rising Tide award is presented to individuals or groups that advance patient safety through leadership, dedication and innovation. This year’s awardees were peer-nominated and exemplify the patient safety movement in Maine. Vickie Koehler, employee health nurse at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick received the first Rising Tide Award. The second Rising Tide Award was presented to Becky Martins of Warren, Maine. Becky is an active and effective advocate for consumers. Patient Safety Academy Director, Judy Tupper said, “We congratulate Vickie and Becky for their outstanding work, not only in the realm of patient safety, but in their everyday efforts to improve the healthcare of all Mainers.”
Muskie School's George Shaler accepts JRSA Yearwood Award
The Maine Statistical Analysis Center, located in the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, was recognized by the Justice Research and Statistics Association for one of its most recent reports at the National Forum on Criminal Justice Forum held in Atlanta.
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University of Maine student Jessica Henderson shares her story in a Bangor Daily News op-ed about pursuing a college degree after growing up in Maine's foster care system and the help she's received from the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative.

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Grounded in the principles and values of public service practiced by the late Senator Edmund S. Muskie, the Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management prepares graduates for leadership roles in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector by developing a strong, multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge in the fields of policy, planning, and management.  


Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

MPH graduate student Trevey Davis describing the academic program to a conference attendee at Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference.

Program Feature

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The Maine Food Strategy, in conjunction with the Muskie School of Public Service, has released its 2014 Consumer Survey Report, which offers insight on Mainers’ purchasing habits, “Maine” as a brand choice, local food and seafood purchasing budgets, and food self-provisioning.

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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