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Certificate of Graduate Study

Maternal and Child Health

Program of Study (12 credits)


Required Course (3 credits):

Introduction to Maternal and Child Health

At least one of the following (3 credits):

  • Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Reproductive Environmental Health
  • Adolescent Health
  • Global Maternal & Child Health
  • Child Health Promotion

Electives (6 credits)

For your remaining 6 credits, you may choose from a list of designated electives that relate to maternal and child health (MCH). Your courses will encompass at least two different disciplines positioning you to work effectively with colleagues across many sectors. 

Selected examples of designated MCH electives include Anthropology of Gender, AIDS Epidemiology, Addiction and Public Health, Human Rights, and Reproductive Justice. For a complete current list of designated electives, contact [email protected].

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Dr. Christine Bozlak at [email protected] or Dr. Rachel de Long at [email protected], Co-Directors of the Maternal and Child Health Program.

Career Paths

With a graduate certificate in Maternal and Child Health, you can demonstrate your expertise within this important focus area. Employers will recognize your understanding of how to support the needs of children and families through complex public health services and systems, giving you an advantage when applying to positions related to this topic. Job opportunities range from managing governmental MCH programs to working with new families through community-based organizations.

If you’re already employed within the public health field, this certificate program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of maternal and child health, making you an asset for a wide range of projects to address the needs of this population.

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Admission Requirements

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.

For application specific questions, contact us at [email protected].


Rolling deadlines for Fall and Spring

No Departmental Assistantship Available

International Requirements
  • International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 98 or IELTS score of 7.0. We will only accept official scores sent by the testing institution.
  • UAlbany SOPHAS TOEFL code is 2532. We do not use department codes. For electronic IELTS score results reporting, provide the following information to your test center:
    University at Albany (SUNY)
    1400 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222
  • The TOEFL or IELTS is not required for international students who have completed at least four semesters of full-time study within a four-year time frame from time of application, and maintained at least a B average at a college or university in the United States or a country from an approved list.  For questions regarding English Language Proficiency waivers, please email Soha Acosta at [email protected].
Required Application Materials

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school, must be sent directly from the institution to University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions. You must report all colleges and universities attended and submit official transcripts, even if your transfer credits are listed on your primary transcript. 

One Letter of Recommendation

  • Preferably faculty or supervisor in a health-related field
  • Letters must be signed and on institutional/organizational letterhead

Personal Statement

  • Why do you wish to pursue this certificate and why are you interested in maternal and child health?
  • 1500 word limit


Application Information for Current UAlbany Students

Current UAlbany students should login to MyUAlbany and follow these steps to apply:

  1. In the MyUAlbany portal, select the Graduate Education tab at the top of the page.
  2. At the bottom left of the page under Application and Graduation Information, select Supplemental Degree Application.
  3. Click on the Supplemental Degree Application icon.
  4. Click the Add To Cart button.
  5. Fill out the form. Select your current degree level and current program name. Make sure to enter "Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health" in the Requested Supplemental Degree Program Name field and select CGS in the Requested Supplemental Degree dropdown menu.
  6. Click Continue to submit your supplemental application form.
  7. Select Checkout to submit your payment information.
Special Notes


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

The MCH Certificate is offered as an on-campus program. While students may opt to choose online courses to fulfill some of the courses when available, the certificate cannot currently be completed fully online.