The health of women, adolescents, and children (WACh) are intertwined and essential for societal well-being. Three of the eight Millennium Development Goals focus on maternal and child health (MCH), indicating recognition of the importance of dramatically improving maternal and child health by 2015. The courses selected as the requirements and electives of this certificate program are intended to give graduates a broad range of skills required by professionals in the Global WACh field. Coursework selected will introduce students to major health issues and methods of prevention related to achieving healthy women, adolescents, and children as well as issues that are faced by those in developing countries. The curriculum is designed to give students a base of knowledge they can draw from when faced with a variety of issues in resource poor settings.
Applications for the Certificate in Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children are accepted throughout the year and reviewed on ongoing basis.
The objectives of this certificate are to achieve core competencies that represent a set of knowledge and skills necessary to solve health issues that transcend the lifecycle of women, children, and adolescents. Students who meet the requirements for this Certificate Track will be able to:
- Describe the burden of diseases and public health problems affecting women, adolescents, and children worldwide;
- Describe important determinants, socio-political, and economic factors impacting women, adolescents, and children;
- List and describe key policies and laws related to the protection of women, adolescents, and children;
- Summarize major interventions and key advancements in the health of women, adolescents, and children in resource limited settings; and
- Apply their knowledge of health problems and interventions by assisting faculty with an ongoing or developing project focused on improving women, adolescent, and child health in resource limited settings, such as assisting with the design, conduct, or evaluation of research projects, service delivery programs, or policies.