Maternal and Child Health

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**Applications are closed for 2014-2015 academic year, please contact us for any further questions.

PURPOSE
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), aims to assure that “all children and families will live and thrive in healthy communities served by a quality workforce that helps assure their health and well-being.” Both MCH academic and continuing education programs view leadership as essential for promoting health and preventing disease. The MCH Training Program offers a training approach that is interdisciplinary and collaborative, and that is directed at understanding and practicing the values of health equity, cultural competence, and family centeredness.

Each year, a small group of Master’s and Doctoral students will be selected as MCH scholars. Scholars will complete a special enhanced curriculum; will have special training opportunities in cultural competence, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary practice; will complete a mentorship with both a community and faculty mentor; and will be working closely with other MCH faculty mentors and community leaders throughout the traineeship.

AWARD
Students who are selected as scholars will receive full-time in-state tuition waivers for 3 semesters (9 credits in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, and 6 credits in Summer 2015); a stipend ($9,000 MPH/MSPH and $11,000 PhD/DrPH to be divided equally over the 3-semester Traineeship); travel support to attend conferences; and individualized mentoring. Both newly admitted and current students are eligible to apply. In accordance with the MCHB’s focus on developing MCH leaders from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, individuals from minority and underrepresented groups are welcome and encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND SUBMISSION
Application materials should be scanned and emailed by attachment to Dr. Cara de la Cruz at cdelacru@health.usf.edu no later than Thursday, June 5thRecomendation letters can be emailed with the application, or references can send their recommendation letters directly to Dr. de la Cruz. Final candidates will be scheduled for an in-person or telephone interview with members of the planning committee after initial review of applications has been completed. Review of applications, interviews, and notification of receipt will be made as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to contact Dr. de la Cruz with specific questions regarding the application process or requirements. Application document is below.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for the MCH Traineeship must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Have 3.0 GPA
  • Have applied or have been accepted as a master’s or doctoral student in the College of Public Health (final decision for pending students is dependent upon being accepted to the program)
  • Commit to being enrolled full-time in fall 2014 (9 credits), spring 2015 (9 credits) and summer 2015 (6 credits)
  • Demonstrate commitment to the area of MCH:
    • Doctoral students (PhD or DrPH) should demonstrate a clear focus in the broad area of Maternal and Child Health.
    • Master’s students should demonstrate a clear interest in an MCH focus area.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Each MCH scholar will complete a specialized program of study. The traineeship program requires a significant commitment of time and effort, so it is not possible for scholars to work full time during the traineeship year.

In each semester of the program, scholars will focus on leadership, family centered care, interdisciplinary practice, cultural competency, and the life course model through multiple approaches. By the end of the traineeship, scholars will have a strong understanding of and experience in these core areas of Maternal and Child Health.

To maintain the MCH Traineeship award, scholars will be required to:

  • Participate in full-day (6 hour) seminars on the following topics: cultural competence, family-centered care, interdisciplinary practice, and the life course model.
  • Participate in monthly research-to-practice seminars on various MCH-related topics (in person or online).
  • Attend monthly scholar meetings, including leadership development seminars.
  • Work with a faculty research mentor, who will be assigned at the start of the academic year. Masters students are expected to become involved in their faculty mentor’s research projects. Doctoral students will observe faculty leadership activities. Scholars are also expected to meet with their faculty mentor at least every 3-4 weeks to discuss these activities in the context of leadership.
  • Work with a community leadership mentor, who will be assigned at the start of the academic year. Scholars will observe their mentor’s leadership activities, and are expected to meet with their mentor at least every 3-4 weeks to discuss these activities.
  • Assist their faculty mentor in writing 2-page community-focused summaries of the faculty’s recently published research.
  • Be enrolled full-time in coursework or thesis/dissertation credits each semester. Full time status is 9 credits each in fall and spring and 6 credits in summer.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Current Students (students enrolled at COPH)
Applications for current students should include the following:

  • Completed application cover sheet (attached)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One copy of their current transcript (official or unofficial)
  • One copy of their current plan of study (PhD and DrPH students only)
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor.
    • Letters can be emailed with the application, or references can send their recommendation letters directly to Dr. de la Cruz at cdelacru@health.usf.edu.
  • A two-page statement of interest, single-spaced. The statement should focus on the student’s leadership qualities and interest in MCH, and should include attention to:
    • why the student is applying for the award;
    • how the student would benefit from the traineeship;
    • how the student has demonstrated leadership or potential for leadership;
    • previous MCH experience;
    • commitment to the field of MCH;
    • his/her career goals in MCH; and
    • how the student’s research interests are focused on an MCH topic (PhD and DrPH students only)

Newly Admitted Students
Applications for newly admitted students should include the following:

  • Completed application cover sheet (attached)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One copy of their transcript from their undergraduate and/or graduate program (official or unofficial)
  • A letter of recommendation (specific to the traineeship)
    • Letters can be emailed with the application, or references can send their recommendation letters directly to Dr. de la Cruz at cdelacru@health.usf.edu.
  • A two-page statement of interest, single spaced. The statement should focus on the student’s leadership qualities and interest in MCH, and should include attention to:
    • why the student is applying for the award;
    • how the student would benefit from the traineeship;
    • how the student has demonstrated leadership or potential for leadership;
    • previous MCH experience;
    • commitment to the field of MCH;
    • his/her career goals in MCH; and
    • how the student’s research interests are focused on an MCH topic (PhD and DrPH students only)