Public Health, MPH (Maternal and Child Health)

Master of Public Health Degree with a Concentration in Maternal and Child Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 42
    Credits
  • $597.00
    In-State
  • $597.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) degree 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 Public Health, MPH (Maternal and Child Health) program provides students with:

  • The ability to apply a 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.
  • An in-depth view of the determinants of health biological, behavioral, sociocultural and environmental as well as the influence of policies and politics on the health status of mothers, children, adolescents and families.

Career Outlook: Graduates of the program are prepared as MCH professionals in practice. They will be leaders in the industry through research that impacts local, regional, national and global populations which allows them to advocate for policymaking. 

Graduates work in a variety of settings which may include:

  • City, county and state health departments
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Clinics
  • Agencies

Concentrations: Students have the option to declare a concentration when applying for admission to the Master of Public Health program, or when establishing a plan of study. The concentration is reported on the student’s transcript.

Areas of concentration in the Master of Public Health program:

  • Maternal and Child Health (42)
  • Health Services Administration & Policy (42)
  • Health Promotion (42)
  • Epidemiology (42)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health (42)
  • Emergency Preparedness (42)
  • Biostatistics (42)

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    The personal statement should be single-spaced, one page in length and describe the applicant’s: interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health, career objectives and a self-assessment of personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health graduate program.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

    Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to academic, practice and/or research abilities. Ideally, recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers. Recent graduates (last 1-3) years should include faculty references among their 3 references. Employer and supervisor letters or recommendation are appropriate for those who may have graduated or have been employed in the workforce for several years, or for those who are a member of the armed services.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. Resume or CV that includes employment history, professional experience/skills and volunteer/service experience.

  7. Note: The GRE requirement for the MPH program Fall 2021 application has been waived. However, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are strongly encouraged to submit GRE test scores if available.

  8. International Transcripts. All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service.

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 the online application. Use "School Designation" section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply
  • Submit application fee

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 health and disease. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in research and practice with children, women and families.
CPH 539Public Health: Leadership & Advocacy3
This course incorporates public health leadership theory and practices, which are grounded in biomedical and social science and sanctioned by public law. Politics of communities and organizations is also included. Advocacy is emphasized as a key tool to secure funding and to help assure that local, state, and federal policy makers will adopt, implement, and maintain important public health regulations, policies and programs.
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 a 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 and 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 500Foundations of Public Health3
This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.
CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3
The objective of the course is to understand the application of surveys and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.
CPH 514Planning and Evaluation3
This course is designed to prepare graduate students, professional students or fellows to apply multi-level evidence-based policy and program approaches to improve public health. The course will guide students through planning and evaluating the impact of public health strategies based on the reach, effectiveness, scalability, implementation quality, and sustainability of these approaches in complicated and complex systems.
CPH 529Capstone Experience3
The purpose of this course is to complete the capstone project. The capstone addresses a topic of public health significance and is evidence that the student can integrate skills and competencies from across the curriculum to conduct public health research and/or practice. Prior to registering for the course, students must identify a Capstone Chair from their department and form a committee to select foundational and concentration competencies to design a capstone experience appropriate to their educational and professional goals. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 36 credit hours that includes all required MPH core and concentration courses; formed capstone committee; proposal approved by capstone committee.
CPH 547MCH Theories and 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. Prerequisite: CPH 546
CPH 528Applied Practice Experience 3
The purpose of this course is to provide all students with an applied, scholarly and mutually beneficial experience in a public health practice setting. This experience augments academic course work meets community needs and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply at least five foundational public health competencies. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice. All partner organizations must be approved by the Office of Public Health Practice. Applied practice experiences may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings. To be appropriate for applied practice experience activities, university-affiliated settings must be primarily focused on community engagement, typically with external partners. University health promotion or wellness centers may also be appropriate.
CPH 506Biostatistics I 3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies; not intended for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

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 SemesterJun 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01
Council on Education for Public Health