University of Southern Maine MPH

Luther Bonney, Masterton Hall, and the Science...

Luther Bonney, Masterton Hall, and the Science building at USM's Portland Campus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Type of Degree

MPH in Healthcare Administration

Type of Program


General University Information

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus public urban comprehensive university and part of the University of Maine System. USM’s three primary campuses are located in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston in the U.S. state of Maine. Originally founded as two separate universities (Gorham Normal School, University of Maine at Portland), the two state universities were combined in 1970 to help streamline the public university system in Maine and eventually expanded by adding the Lewiston campus in 1988.

The Portland Campus is home to the Edmund Muskie School of Public Service along with the Bio Sciences Research Institute and the University of Maine School of Law, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Osher Map Library. The Gorham campus, much more residential, is home to the College of Education and the School of Music.

Program Description

The Health Policy & Management (HPM) program prepares graduates for the rapidly changing challenges confronting today’s complex health care systems. Working with nationally-recognized faculty, students build the necessary skills to analyze options, define strategies, and manage solutions for the effective delivery of health services.

The program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Educationand meets the criteria for most employer and military educational benefit programs.

The HPM program is closely connected to the Muskie School’s Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, a nationally recognized center for health policy and services research. In addition to state-level research in Maine, the Institute has a substantial national research portfolio.

Students have a unique opportunity to work with research staff in many of these program areas. Program areas include: rural health policy; chronic illness, disability and aging; quality management and improvement; health care access and financing; and mental health.

Admission Requirements

The master’s degree program application includes:

  1. An official USM graduate application, including a written statement of interest in a public affairs career.
  2. Official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and other graduate education.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

Credit toward completion of degree requirements owing to previously completed graduate study may be granted in certain cases.





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