Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods is designed for students and practitioners who want to learn to use data more effectively on the job and in the community. The certificate emphasizes data acquisition, data analysis and presentation, choosing and applying statistical techniques to real world problems, and practical application of analytical tools.
The certificate is a stand-alone credential, or the 12 credits may be transferred into the Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management.
Students select four courses (12 credits) including two requried courses and two electives from the following list of approved courses. Other courses may be approved upon request.
Required courses (6 credits):
- PPM 601 Quantitative Methods for Policy, Planning, and Management
- PPM 610 Governance, Democracy, and Policymaking
Select an additional two courses (6 credits) from the following list:
- PPM 522 Introduction to Arc/GIS or GEO 608 GIS I
- PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
- PPM 604 Evaluation Methods
- PPM 606 Research Methods for Policy, Planning, and Management
- PPM 625 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Policy, Planning, and Management
- PPM 695 Independent Study (with certificate coordinator's permission)
- PPM 696 Public Service Internship (1-3 credits)
- MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research
- MPH 545 Applied Biostatistics
- MPH 676 Data Management and Analytics
- MPH 678 Information Visualization (prerequisite: MPH 676)
Other courses from BUS, GYA, ESP, and STA 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.
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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.
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