Public Health

Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy and Management

Effective September 1, 2017, this certificate is discontinued.


The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Policy & Management (HPM) can augment a student's previous academic training and facilitate advancement in a variety of private health and service organizations as well as in public agencies. Alternately, the certificate can serve as a strong introduction to the field of public health prior to committing to a formal master's program.  The program provides the opportunity to learn about the broad social context of health systems and health policies and to develop policy analysis and management skills appropriate to the field. Experienced professionals in healthcare and other fields can explore legal and ethical issues, quality improvement, and health information management. 

HPM certificate students from diverse backgrounds gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in health policy, planning, as well as the fundamentals of health care management.

Certificate students who apply for, and are admitted to, the Master of Public Health degree, may transfer up to 12 credits from their certificate coursework.  

Courses are schedule in the late afternoon and evening for the convenience of working students. Fall and Spring courses meet once a week and are held in the Wishcamper Center on the USM Portland Campus. A growing number of courses are accessible through PolyCom connection to other UMaine campuses or via internet on students' own devices. In addition, one course in Spring and Summer semesters is offered using weekly asynchronous online technology. Depending on course choices, this certificate can be completed at-a-distance.


Required Courses (six credits):

Select six credits from the following list:

* Prerequisite for MPH 640 Health Finance is basic accounting or permission of the instructor.
* Prerequisite for MPH 660 Health Policy is MPH 525 American Health Systems or permission of the instructor.



This certificate has been discontinued as of September 1, 2017.