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 Biostatistics for Public Health I (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental 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 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
PHED 5197 MPH Portfolio (1.5 SCH)

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

Culminating Experience: 0 SCH
MACH 5001 MPH Comprehensive Exam (0 SCH) 

Course Descriptions

Sequence of Coursework 

(Adopted from From Association of Schools of Public Health Education Committee, Master Degree in Public Health Core Competency Project, Version 2.3, May 2007)

All students in the MPH Program are expected to master a set of public health competencies that are used to evaluate public health knowledge, skills and practice. The competencies that have been selected by the UNTHSC SPH are consistent with the recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health (, and address the five core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences, as well as those specific to their chosen concentration area. MPH students will master the competencies through various activities including coursework, seminars and practice experience. Upon graduation they will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge in the core areas of public health and apply public health perspectives, knowledge, skills and practice in their areas of specialization.

This page last updated 04th Mar 2014