Social and Behavioral Sciences
Certificate in Public Health
The Certificate in Public Health is open to anyone.
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, are all concerns of the discipline of Public Health. 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: This page describes the Public Health Certificate. Public Health (offered through the Social and Behavioral Sciences program) is also available as a Concentration for students majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and as a Minor for students in any degree program at USM. Individuals pursuing the Public Health Concentration may also be interested in USM's Bachelor in Public Health.
**Students should complete the necessary online application so that the Public Health Certificate appears on their MaineStreet academic plan. See Admission Information for Certificate Programs below.**
Graduate Study in Public Health:
Individuals pursuing the Public Health Certificate may also be interested in USM's Master of Public Health program. Please visit the Office of Admission for application information.
A minimum grade of C in each course is required to earn the certificate.
SBS/SCI 336 /BPH 201 Fundamentals of Public Health
SBS/SCI/BPH 337 Introduction to Epidemiology
SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
In addition, one of the following elective courses must be completed:
SBS 304 / ANT 233 Food and Culture
SBS 308 / ANT 302 Medical Anthropology
Candidates for admission must submit:
- Online application for Certificate Program;
- Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts from secondary school and/or all colleges and universities from which you received a degree;
- Additional or other special admission requirements specified by program.
The application for certificate programs is available online at http://usm.maine.edu/apply. Please note, students who are enrolled solely in an undergraduate certificate program are not eligible for Federal financial aid.