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MPH in Health Services: Maternal and Child Health concentration

Maternal and Child Health is an elective concentration of the MPH program that is associated with the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. The MCH concentration provides interdisciplinary, graduate-level training in maternal and child public health research and practice, including epidemiology, biostatistics, program planning and management, policy development, and advocacy. Graduates who complete the concentration will acquire the skills to become leaders in improving the systems, programs, and policies that support the health of women, children, and families in the United States.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Health Services

Priority is given to applicants with clearly-defined training interests that align well with the strengths of the program, particularly those who already have had two or more years of relevant work experience.

Application Deadline: December 1, for Autumn Quarter entry

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Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Maternal and Child Health track, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the generic SPH learning objectives for the MPH degree;
  • Meet the Core-Specific Learning Objectives for all MPH students;
  • Define the MCH populations and describe MCH problems in terms of time, magnitude and severity, location, and co-occurrence and co-morbidity;
  • Discuss the origin and development of a national interest in maternal and child health in relation to major social and political periods in U.S. history; describe the current organization and financing of health services for MCH population groups and the position and role of MCH agencies within the system;
  • Use data and rigorous analytic methods to identify and evaluate the relative contribution of factors associated with a MCH health goal (e.g., immunization), illness or other health condition;
  • Evaluate the integrity and comparability of data and identify existing gaps;
  • Formulate hypotheses or research questions, develop and implement an analytic strategy;
  • Develop the background and significance section of a research proposal, incorporating scientific, methodological, and practice knowledge and skills;
  • Apply knowledge of demographic, health, social and environmental factors to design and evaluate MCH programs and policies;
  • Identify the scientific underpinnings and determine the validity of evidence for interventions addressing MCH problems;
  • Critically analyze health disparities based on race, class, and gender;
  • Conduct research, program management, and data collection and storage in an ethical manner; and
  • Communicate the worth of protecting the health and well-being of all women, children and families, in particular those with low income or limited access to quality health services, and children with special health care needs.