Graduate Certificate Programs

Certificate in Maternal and Child Health

The Certificate in Maternal and Child Health provides the knowledge and skills that will prepare students to contribute to community programs, research, and other interventions aimed at improving the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved women, children, and families. Students will gain knowledge about the basis of interventions and skills in assessment and methods for program planning. All the relevant courses are in GCHB. The MCH certificate courses prepare students for leadership roles in managing programs that serve women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, and pairs well with other public health degrees.

Offered by: Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

Faculty Lead: Carolyn Johnson, PhD

Certificate Purpose

The courses required for the certificate provide students with a background in the biologic, sociocultural, behavioral, and policy issues that impact the health of the MCH population. Programs will be conceptualized with a sensitivity to cultural diversity within a global context. Students will be able to undertake the process of planning and evaluating community programs with a special emphasis on women and children.

Eligible Students

This certificate program is designed for current MPH/MSPH/MPH&TM/MHA students who are not pursuing the Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health. The certificate is a complement to degrees in other areas.

Certificate Competencies:

Students who earn the Certificate in Maternal and Child Health will be able to:

  • Develop a foundation of understanding about the problems and needs of fetal, maternal, infant, child and women’s health (all courses);
  • Become knowledgeable about Title V, the federal government mandate to serve the needs of women and children (GCHB 6510);
  • Review and critique community programs and interventions in a variety of settings, domestic and international, relative to the life course for women, children, and families (all courses);
  • Recognize how problems and needs of women, children and families have changed over time and how these are currently being addressed (GCHB 6410, GCHB 6420, GCHB 6510);
  • Critique the efficacy and effectiveness of programs and services addressing the needs of women, children, and families (all courses);
  • Evaluate the determinants of health and well-being in the MCH population (GCHB 6410, GCHB 6460, GCHB 6470, GCHB 6510); and
  • Analyze gaps in knowledge and programs/interventions among the MCH population (all courses).

Number of Credits Required for Completion: 15

Prerequisite Courses:

  • None

Required Courses:

  • GCHB 6420 Best Practices in Global Women's Health (3)
  • GCHB 6510 Essential Issues in Maternal & Child Health (3)
  • GCHB 6410 Clinical & Cultural Issues in Reproductive Health (3)
  • GCHB 6460 Child Health & Development (3)
  • GCHB 6470 Issues in Adolescent Health (3)

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine which certificate best fits their professional and academic goals and how best to plan their graduate course schedule.

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