Global Maternal & Child Health MPH
74 Unit Program 2010 -2011
Of the eight Millennium Development Goals which were agreed upon by the 193 member
nations of the World Health Organization in 2000, three goals directly address maternal and
child health. These goals are:
- Goal 4: Reduce child mortality. This goal targets by 2015 to reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children.
- Goal 5: Improve maternal health. This goal targets by 2015 to reduce by three quarters the ratio of women dying in childbirth.
- Goal 6: Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases. This goal targets by 2015 to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS, and to halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases (United Nations, 2004).
These goals were set with a clear recognition that mothers and children are the most vulnerable members of any community. Therefore special programs and interventions need to be put in place in order to achieve acceptable levels of health and development. Individual countries and the international community are holding themselves accountable for achieving these goals. However these will not be achieved without the participation of global publichealth professionals specialized in these vital areas.
Building on its strong community health and development emphasis, the Global Health Department provides specialized training in maternal and child health.
The specialization is best suited for students who have had two or more years of public health practice and have specific interest in maternal and child health. In addition, this specialization will be appropriate for global health students from diverse cultural backgrounds, with a keen interest in working within their communities to improve the health of mothers and children.
Graduates of this program will be able to apply their knowledge and skills within a developed as well as a developing world context. For example, in the USA, disparities in pregnancy outcomes, low birth weight, prematurity and child development continue to challenge public health interventions. At the completion of this specialization, graduates will be well equipped to design, implement, monitor and evaluate such programs in the US and abroad.
To train global public health professionals:
- Capable of planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating maternal and child health programs nationally and globally.
- Who understand national and international health policies and programs which impact maternal and child health issues.
- Capable of advocating for public health policies programs to improve maternal and child health.
- Capable of writing grant proposals to fund maternal and child health programs locally and internationally.
- Capable of preparing behavioral change communications materials in maternal and child health.
- Capable of conducting research in maternal and child health.
Specialization Learner Outcomes
At the end of this specialized training graduates should be able to:
- Apply public health research and management tools to the organization, design, implementation, and evaluation of maternal-child health programs.
- Assess capacity, health care systems and resources that support MCH programs.
- Contribute to the development of public health policy and action agendas in maternal and child health.
- Manage programs and promote collaborations between sectors.
- Advocate for social justice.
- Communicate health and nutrition issues affecting mothers and children to a wide variety of stakeholders in varying cultural settings.
Courses required for the Maternal and Child Health specialization include the following.
Co requisites: Anatomy and Physiology; Microbiology
Public Health Core Courses (27 units)
- ENVH 509 Principles of Environmental Health (3)
- EPDM 509 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
- GLBH 524 Cultural Competence and Health Disparities (2)
- HADM 509 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3)
- HPRO 509 Principles of Health Behavior (3)
- NUTR 509 Public Health Nutrition and Biology (3)
- PHCJ 605 Overview of Public Health (1)
- PHCH 675 Integrated Public Health Capstone (2)
- RELE 534 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3)
- STAT 509 General Statistics/Biostatistics (4)
Global Health Core Courses (23 units)
- GLBH 564 Fundamentals of Community Health & Development I (2)
- GLBH 566 Fundamentals of Community Health & Development II (2)
- GLBH 568 Fundamentals of Community Health & Development III (2)
- GLBH 565 Interventions in Community Health & Development I (3)
- GLBH 567 Interventions in Community Health & Development II (3)
- GLBH 569 Interventions in Community Health & Development III (3)
- GLBH 545 Integrated Community Development (4)
- GLBH 605 Seminar in Global Health/Development (1)
- STAT 515 Grant and Contract Proposal Writing (3)
Maternal and Child Health Specialization (24 Units)
- EPDM 534 Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health (3)
- GLBH 516 HIV/AIDS: Implications for Public Health (3)
- GLBH 550 Women in Development (3)
- GLBH 584 Special Topics in Maternal and Child Health (1)
- HPRO 523 Maternal and Child Health: Policy and Programs (3)
- HPRO 567 Reproductive Health (3)
- HPRO 589 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
- HPRO 614 Seminar in Maternal and Child Health Practice (2)
- NUTR 534 Maternal and Child Nutrition (3)
Total: 74 Units
Other Program Requirements
Global Health Field Practicum
Field Practicum Report
Global Health Council (optional)
Additional Program Requirements
- Complete 10 Public Health Seminars during your course work
- Complete Culminating Experience