Maternal and Child Health Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) offers students the opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of the field of MCH as a specialty area within public health. MCH focuses on promoting the health and well-being of women, infants, children, adolescents, fathers, and families, with special concern for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, including children with special health care needs.

This certificate program requires the completion of 12 graduate credits: one required MCH course (Hpm 530); one additional MCH course selected from a list of designated courses; and two additional MCH-related electives approved for the certificate. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of MCH practice, the four courses must encompass a minimum of two distinct disciplines, defined as two different schools, academic departments, or public health concentrations. The required core course provides students with a base of fundamental MCH knowledge and concepts, and flexibility in selecting additional courses allows students to tailor the program to their interests within the broad field of MCH.

Program of Study (12 credits)

Required Courses:

  • Hpm 530 - Introduction to Maternal and Child Health (3)

Designated Electives - At least one of the following MCH-related public health courses:

  • Epi 609/Ehs 619/Ant 609 - Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (3)
  • Ehs 626 - Reproductive Environmental Health (3)
  • Hpm 531 - Childhood Obesity from a Public Health Perspective (3)
  • Hpm 533 - Adolescent Health (3)
At least two additional MCH-related electives (minimum 6 credits): Students may choose from the list of designated electives, or may substitute another graduate-level course with MCH relevance, subject to approval by the course instructor and the MCH Certificate Program directors.

Please Note: This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.