|Master of Public Health, Concentration in Maternal & Child Health|
The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health is directed at students who seek to protect and enhance the health and well-being of women, children, and families. Students explore the unique physical needs of this population through coursework in maternal and infant health, child and adolescent health, and community-based needs assessment in maternal and child health. They then place this knowledge into a sociopolitical context, obtaining a comprehensive understanding of the cultural influences affecting women, children, and the larger community. Graduates are equipped for careers in community and international health organizations, advocacy groups, and government agencies that address compelling issues in maternal and child health.
In addition to the cross-cutting competencies that all MPH graduates master, upon completing the requirements for the MPH in Maternal & Child Health graduates are able to:
*MCH Concentrators who are neither US citizens nor permanent residents are exempted from the Health Law requirement and may substitute IH720 for SB721 and IH704 for PM702
Students who wish to delve deeper into a specific area of Maternal & Child Health can use concentration and school-wide electives to focus their studies in one of 5 emphasis areas:
Reproductive and Women's Health Emphasis
The Reproductive and Women's Health emphasis equips students with an understanding of the social and biologic determinants of women's health across the lifespan--from adolescence through the reproductive years, midlife and aging. The curriculum emphasizes the impact of gender, race, and class on health disparities and access to services, and offers frameworks for analyzing the role of women as providers, patients, and activists. Graduates are prepared for public or private sector jobs as program developers, policy analysts, advocates, or researchers in a field that is growing in national and international importance.
Child & Adolescent Health Emphasis
The Child and Adolescent Health emphasis is for students who seek to understand the biologic, cognitive, and social development of young children through adolescence, and the application of this knowledge to public health programs and policies. Course offerings emphasize children with special needs, adolescent sexuality, mental health, and childhood chronic illnesses that set the stage for health problems over the lifespan, such as obesity and asthma. Students gain skills to develop and assess innovative approaches to the prevention and management of these public health challenges. Graduates are prepared for employment as program developers, managers, or analysts in community-based organizations, local or state health departments, or other agencies that place children and adolescents at the center of their mission.
Family & Community Health
The Family and Community Health emphasis allows students who have a holistic view of 'maternal and child health' to select courses that address women as mothers, families in the context of the communities in which they reside, and self-identify. Our focus is on the health and well-being of low income families and urban, underserved communities, such as those that surround BUSPH. Cultural competence, family-centered care and community partnership building are central to the courses in this emphasis. Graduates are prepared for employment as program developers, managers, or analysts in a variety of settings. These include community-based organizations, local or state health departments, or other agencies whose missions relate to community health and development, family welfare, or maternal and child health in general.
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology emphasis gives graduates foundational knowledge in research study design, basic analytic methods using statistical programs, the ability to interpret different kinds of research studies, and understanding of the etiology of maternal and child health issues. Graduates are prepared for research-related positions in local or state public health departments, federal agencies, or private research institutes, as well as hospitals, community health centers, or other public health agencies that conduct data analysis and research. Postgraduate fellowships in MCH epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control are an excellent opportunity to put your skills to practice and gain further training.
Policy Making and Advocacy for Women, Children, and Families
The Policy Making and Advocacy for Women, Children, and Families emphasis will provide students with the tools they need to become more effective policy analysts and advocates for women, children and families. The courses are aimed at developing an understanding of the policy process and enhancing student skills in influencing that process. Students completing this emphasis will be prepared for roles in advocacy or as staff to policymakers at the local, state or national level.