MPH Maternal and Child Health

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The maternal and child health (MACH) concentration prepares professionals from a variety of backgrounds (medicine, biology, nursing, nutrition, women's studies, anthropology, social work, sociology, African-American studies) for leadership roles in organizations that focus on promoting the health of women, children, and families. This interdisciplinary concentration provides knowledge of the major determinants of maternal health and child health, and strategies for improving the health of mothers and children, including program planning and evaluation, research methods, and policy analysis at the local, state, national and international levels. The program enables students to develop and apply the Life Course Model as a conceptual framework for changing the health trajectories of children and mothers. Emphasis is given to the early or "upstream" determinants of health and to early detection of risks coupled with early intervention. Students also learn strategies to improve MACH conditions in underserved and disadvantages communities. Program graduates will be prepared to assume positions in family planning agencies, reproductive health services, MACH nutrition programs, public health departments, and other health and human service agencies that focus on MACH issues. Other graduates will pursue an additional degree in a related area. 

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in maternal and child health will be able to:

  • Comprehend, apply, and evaluate multi-level and inter-disciplinary theories and models used to solve MACH problems, including the Life Course Model;
  • Identify and evaluate the relative contribution of ecological determinants to MACH outcomes among populations, including vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities;
  • Understand, select and employ appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods for testing MACH interventions and resolving MACH problems;
  • Plan, implement, administer, and evaluate MACH initiatives and programs using asset-based and data-driven approaches;
  • Understand, administer, and evaluate community-based participatory approaches for reducing MACH disparities and improving MACH outcomes.

2014-2015 Curriculum (48 SCH)

Core MPH Competencies

Core Courses: 15 SCH 
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)

Concentration Required Courses: 31.5 SCH 
BACH 5313 Introduction to Data Management & Statistical Computing (3 SCH)
BACH 5314 Quantitative Research Methods (3 SCH)
BACH 5321 Injury & Violence Prevention (3 SCH)
BACH 5340 Community Assessment & Program Planning (3 SCH)
BACH 5350 Community Health Program Evaluation (3 SCH)
BACH 6310 Qualitative Research Methods (3 SCH)
MACH 5330 Introduction to Maternal & Child Health (3 SCH)
MACH 5331 Human Sexuality & Health (3 SCH)
MACH 5332 Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health (3 SCH)
MACH 5333 Maternal & Child Nutrition (3 SCH)
PHED 5197 Professional and Academic Development (1.5 SCH)

Practice Experience: 1.5 SCH
MACH 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (1.5 SCH)

Culminating Experience: 0 SCH
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
MACH 5001 MPH Comprehensive Exam (0 SCH) 

Course Descriptions

Sequence of Coursework 

CORE MPH COMPETENCIES 

The Master of Public Health degree program prepares students to address the following core competencies while advancing their knowledge of public health:

  • Public Health Knowledge & Skills-The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.
  • Integration of Theory and Practice-The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience. 
  • Communication and Informatics-The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.
  • Diversity and Culture-The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
  • Professionalism-The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities. 

This page last updated 14th Jul 2014