Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health
The 15-credit Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health (PH) can augment a student's previous academic training and facilitate advancement in a variety of private health and service organizations as well as public agencies. Alternatively, the certificate can serve as a strong introduction and preview to the field of public health prior to committing to a formal masters' program. The program provides individuals from diverse backgrounds with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in public health, health policy, epidemiology; as well as offering students the opportunity to pursue interests in evaluation, planning, or quality improvement.
Certificate students who apply for, and are admitted to, the master of public health degree, may transfer up to 15 credits from their certificate course work.
Courses are scheduled 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.
For more information, please contact:
Erika Ziller, PhD
Phone: (207) 780-4615
Required Courses (nine credits):
- MPH 525 American Health Systems
- MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research
- MPH 565 Social and Behavioral Foundations for Public Health
Select six credits from the following list:
- MPH 545 Applied Biostatistical Analysis
- MPH 555 Environmental Health
- MPH 575 Health Program Planning and Management
- MPH 580 Health Literacy
- MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics
- MPH 650 Applied Public Health Research and Evaluation
- MPH 660 Health Policy*
- MPH 665 Health Economics
- MPH 670 Quality Improvement
- MPH 675 Health Information Management
- MPH 677 Regression Models in Health Sciences
- MPH 683 Patient Safety
*Prerequisite for MPH 660 Health Policy is MPH 525 American Health Systems or permission of the instructor.
- Applicants must have completed their bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- Essay: A brief (300 words or less) summary describing why you wish to obtain a graduate certificate.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.
If students are taking one course per semester:
- Students beginning in the fall start with MPH 525.
- Students beginning in the spring start with MPH 565.