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Public Health (Maternal and Child Health)


University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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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 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.

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in addition to Higher Learning Commission accreditation.

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 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.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 505Applied Research in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 505

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 & Child Health3

Course Number: CPH 546

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, focusing on organization and policy issues in MCH care in the U.S.

CPH 547MCH Theories & Interventions3

Course Number: CPH 547

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.

CPH 548Life Course Health3

Course Number: CPH 548

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1953.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $651.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1953.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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