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MCH Degree Programs


Maternal and Child Health Degrees

MPH – Maternal and Child Health Degrees

The Maternal and Child Health concentration prepares students for leadership roles to address and prevent the major public health problems of women, children, and families, especially those from culturally diverse or underserved populations. Using multidisciplinary approaches, students develop the analytical, advocacy, programmatic and evaluative skills necessary to address health disparities while also emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention among populations in need.

Dual Concentration Programs

MPH – Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology

The Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology concentration is a professional degree intended for individuals who want to pursue public health research and practice focused on the outcomes, determinants and health policies and programs impacting the health and well-being of women, children and families. The knowledge and skills obtained through the concentration will enable graduates to characterize the health status of culturally diverse and underserved communities, critically evaluate research on determinants of health-related events, formulate strategies to evaluate the impact of health-related interventions and apply epidemiologic methods for health promotion/disease prevention activities.

Concurrent Degree Programs

Public Health (MPH) and Anthropology (MA or PhD)

The concurrent master’s degree program allows students to pursue a concurrent program of study leading to both the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Applied Anthropology and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Students choose a concentration area and degree program when they apply to the program, but this can be changed once the student has been admitted, provided they qualify.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD in Public Health with a Concentration in Community and Family Health

The PhD in Public Health with a Concentration in Community and Family Health prepares public health professionals who can meet the challenge of improving the health status of the family and the overall community. The program offers focus on: (1) the analysis of the health status and needs of a population including social, behavioral and demographic factors and characteristics; (2) health promotion and education; (3) client and community-based intervention strategies; (4) development and evaluation of community and family health programs. This program and its faculty provide students with excellent research opportunities in domestic or international arenas through basic and applied research; conducting innovative community-based demonstration programs; providing consultation and technical assistance to agencies and communities; and providing continuing education programs.

Maternal and Child Health Certificate Program

Maternal and Child Health Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) is designed to provide specialized training in public health problems affecting infants, children, adolescents, and women of all ages. Required coursework is designed to overview the major health issues affecting MCH populations, develop methodological skills selected areas, such as data analysis, program planning, and evaluation and research. Support courses allow students to focus some of their coursework on selected areas of MCH interest. The certificate program has been developed for the following groups: 1) Public health practitioners 2) MPH students who desire focused graduate-level training in MCH.