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Public Health, MPH (Maternal & Child Health)

Master of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    42
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $580.00

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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 concentration 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.
  • 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 policy making.

Graduates work in a variety of settings which may include:  

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

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. Taken the GRE

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Resume

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

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 500

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

Course Number: CPH 504

The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey 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 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 506Biostatistics I3

Course Number: CPH 506

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. This course is not intended for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

CPH 514Planning & Evaluation3

Course Number: CPH 514

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student, professional student or fellow to apply multi-leveled 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 528Service Learning for MPH Students3

Course Number: CPH 528

A community-based experience, designed to provide students with firsthand, scholarly, supervised experience in a practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets actual community needs and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply/test knowledge, principles and skills acquired through classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice.

CPH 529MPH Capstone Experience3

Course Number: CPH 529

A community-based experience, designed to provide students with firsthand, scholarly, supervised experience in a practice setting. This experience augments the academic course work, meets actual community needs and provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply/test knowledge, principles and skills acquired through classroom instruction. Students will demonstrate mastery of public health principles, values and practice.

CPH 539Leadership & Advocacy3

Course Number: CPH 539

This course incorporates public health leadership theory and practices that are grounded in biomedical and social science and sanctioned by public law. Also included is the politics of communities and organizations. 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 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, and 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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Elective Credit Hours9

Course Number:

Elective credits are selected in consultation with a student’s academic advisor and allow the student to gain further knowledge and skills in areas of interest to the student.

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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