MPH in Maternal and Child Health
The curriculum offers core public health content, research and planning skills, and electives that address the health needs of mothers and children. Part-time and full-time programs are offered in traditional and intensive formats.
Who should enroll
Licensed health care professionals with a masters in public health (MPH) in maternal and child health are public health specialists who play a key role in preventing illness and improving health for mothers and children. Functions include planning, managing, and evaluating programs; teaching health professionals; consulting; conducting research; and advocating for public health policy.
The major in maternal and child health builds on health education, epidemiology, cross-cultural, and nutrition theory and practice. Family-health issues are addressed using a broad array of public health strategies.
Graduates of this program in maternal and child health will have the skills necessary to:
- Apply public health research and management tools to the organization, design, implementation, and evaluation of maternal-child health programs in public health settings.
- Contribute to the development of public health policy and action agendas in maternal and child health.
- Communicate health and nutrition issues affecting mothers and children to a wide variety of stakeholders in varying cultural settings.
Educational Effectiveness Indicators
- Field practicum report
- Professional portfolio for review
- Exit interview
- Demonstrate college-level conceptualization and writing skills
- Professional license in a medical or health-related discipline (nursing, dentistry, medicine, social work, dietetics)
- 2 years relevant clinical or public health experience in the field of maternal and child health
- Bachelors degree or equivalent from an accredited college/university
- GPA 3.0 or better
- GRE (Graduate Records Exam) or MCAT
Public health core courses (27 units)
- ENVH 509 Principles of Environmental Health (3)
- EPDM 509 Principles of Epidemiology I (3)
- GLBH 524 Cultural Competencies 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)
- PHCJ 675 Integrated Public Health Capstone (2)
- REL 534 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3)
- STAT 509 General Statistics (4)
- STAT 521 Biostatistics (4)
Core courses for maternal and child health (35 units)
- EPDM 534 Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health (3)
- HPRO 523 Maternal and Child Health: Policy and Programs (3)
- HPRO 524 Adolescent Health (3)
- HPRO 538 Health Education Program Development and Evaluation (3)
- HPRO 550 Women in Development (3)
- HPRO 553 Addiction Theory (3)
- HPRO 556 High-Risk Infants and Children: Policy and Programs (3)
- HPRO 559 Lactation Management (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)
- HPRO 797 MIP Internship in Health Education (U.S. Peace Corps)
- HPRO 798D Field Practicum (400 clock hours)
Students are required to demonstrate the ability to integrate the specified areas of public health: administration, epidemiology, statistics, environmental health, and health behavior. The culminating activity is comprised of field experience report, professional portfolio, and exit interview. Students who do not meet minimum standards of performance on the culminating activity are subject to academic review or remedial course work to address deficiencies in preparation.
The program requires completion of 62 units, with culminating activity and a 400 clock-hour field practicum.
Licensed health professionals with experience in public health may apply to this 62-unit program in maternal and child health.
Contact Information - Department of Health Promotion & Education
Phone: (909) 558-4741