Public Health, Graduate Certificate (Maternal & Child Health)

Graduate Certificate in Public Health with a Specialization in Maternal and Child Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 12
    Credits
  • $597.00
    In-State
  • $597.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program takes a life course approach to the study of MCH through the lifespan, from preconception through pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and senescence. 

The Maternal and Child Health certificate provides students with:

  • The ability to apply life course perspective in addressing health, diseases and behaviors in MCH populations.
  • An understanding of each health status of each age of the lifespan and how that status influences health in the subsequent stage. 
  • Focused coursework on equality, social justice and human rights.Coursework from this concentration may be applied to the Master in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health.

Career Outlook: Individuals with credentials in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) work in a variety of settings that may include city, county and state health departments, government agencies, non-profit organizations, etc. They will be leaders in the industry through research that impacts local, regional, national and global populations which allows them to advocate for policy-making. 

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    You must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    A personal history describing their communication with peers, team work and career goals.

  6. 2 letters of recommendation

  7. Resume reflecting one or more years of work or volunteer experience.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete an online application for admission. Select "Certificate in Maternal and Child Health" as your program on the application .
  • Submit your $50.00 non-refundable application fee .
  • Complete the UNMC College of Public Health Application Packet.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 548Life Course Health3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student, professional student or fellow to apply life course theory to research and practice relevant to health at all life stages. The major topics to be covered include the physical, social and emotional health of children, adolescents and adults. Special emphasis will be placed on early determinants of heath and disease. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in research and practice with children, women and families.
CPH 505Applied Research in Public Health3
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to research methods in public health. Students will learn about the steps of scientific research. The course will cover topics including formulation of a research problem; sampling and research design; dissemination of research findings; and grant proposals. These topics will be discussed in detail in the context of critically reviewing several peer-reviewed scientific articles. Research ethics is large component of the course. Students will complete CITI Trainings as well as learn about institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and applications.
CPH 546Introduction to Maternal & Child Health3
This course will introduce the life course approach in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and address specific MCH topics (i.e. immunizations, nutrition, pre-term births) from the local, regional and global perspectives, and organization and policy issues in MCH care in the U.S.
CPH 547MCH Theories & Interventions3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student, professional student or fellow to design intervention strategies to improve the status of children, women and families. Effective maternal and child health interventions at all levels of Frieden's health impact pyramid will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on (a) the theoretical underpinnings of the interventions and (b) case studies of communities that have successfully implemented the interventions. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in research and practice with children, women and families.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$71.25
Total
$668.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$213.75
Total
$2004.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$597.00
Fees
$71.25
Total
$668.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1791.00
Fees
$213.75
Total
$2004.75
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 02