Social and Behavioral Sciences
Certificate in Public Health
The Certificate in Public Health is open to all students.
This certificate addresses a need for awareness of public health issues not only in Maine, but the whole world. Evolutionary and multicultural aspects of diseases and their interface with human populations are daily headlines in the media: for instance, health care systems; food utilization and governmental policies; epidemics of flu, HIV/AIDS, drug-resistant strains of TB, and other emerging infectious diseases; as well as the threat of bioterrorism. Preparing undergraduates, decision makers, and policy advocates to understand the multitude of public health concerns and apply relevant knowledge is essential in today's world. The Public Health Certificate can complement the preparation of students and professionals working in human services and allied health and applied sciences, providing them with the capacity to contribute to relevant policy-making and advocacy.
Important: Public Health is also available as a Concentration for students majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and as a Minor for students majoring in SBS or any other degree. This page describes the Public Health Certificate. Click here for information on the PH Concentration, and here for information on the PH Minor.
Graduate Study in Public Health:
Individuals pursuing the Public Health Certificate may also be interested in USM's Master of Public Health program.
The following courses are required:
SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
SBS/SCI 336 Introduction to Public Health
SBS/SCI 337 Introduction to Epidemiology
In addition one of the following elective courses must be completed:
ANT 233 Food and Culture
SBS 304 Food, Culture and Eating
SBS 308/ANT 302 Medical Anthropology
*A minimum grade of C in each course is required to earn the certificate.
To obtain the certificate, please fill out this form when you have completed the required courses: Certificate Form for Undergraduates.
Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for application information.