The University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service is a partner program in the Maine Center academic consortium. This webpage presents an overview of the programs offered by the school and links to additional detail on the Muskie School website.
About the School
The University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service combines an extensive applied research and technical assistance portfolio with rigorous academic programs. In addition to preparing students for successful careers in public service, public health, and the non-profit sphere, Muskie’s graduate programs strengthen the civic life of our Maine community. Muskie School degrees are well-suited to working professionals who may need to take classes in the evenings or complete their degree on a part-time basis. Many of the Muskie School classes can be taken online and four of the certificates can be completed 100% online. You can learn more about the school here.
Choose your path to success
MPPM & MPH
Designed for working professionals and pre-career students who aspire to professional roles in a range of policy arenas.
Combine a MPPM or MPH degree with another graduate degree to build a unique skillset that will help you stand out from the competition.
A solid foundation of knowledge and skills in health literacy and communication, quality improvement, and patient safety. Offers students the opportunity to pursue interests in health systems, basic public health sciences, and data analysis and translation. This certificate can be completed 100% online.
Dr. Erika Ziller is Chair of Public Health at USM, where she teaches in both the BS and MPH programs. She began her career as a social worker in rural Maine where she quickly realized that many of the challenges facing her clients were exacerbated by health and social policies that were unresponsive to their needs. Since then, Dr. Ziller has been committed to policy-informed research aimed at improving health care access for underserved populations, particularly rural residents. She grew up in small-town Maine and obtained her PhD in public policy from the University of Southern Maine in 2012. Dr. Ziller teaches courses on health policy, the U.S. health care system, and leads the Field Experience for the MPH degree program.
Event date - September 23, 2021
Event title - Strategies for Success in Local Government: Supporting Aging Communities in Maine
Event descriptions - We'll discuss the priorities and needs of older people in Maine communities, and how we can better serve this population.read more
Event date - April 13, 2021
Event title - Strategies for Success in Local Government: Data Driven Decision Making
Event descriptions - We'll discuss practical applications for how local and regional government can utilize data for making important policy decisions.read more
Event date - April 12, 2021
Event title - Inspired Innovators: How Women Rise
Event descriptions - We are pleased to welcome Sally Helgesen, international best-selling author, speaker, and leadership coach.read more