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Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health

The MPH in Maternal and Child Health gives students a broad exposure to the most pressing needs of maternal and child health populations both globally and domestically


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Coursework focuses on the design and evaluation of maternal and child health programs as well as leadership skills needed to advocate for mothers and children. Students who graduate with this concentration are well- prepared for professional roles in a wide variety of settings such as public health departments, federal agencies and in private industry.

Joint Concentration Option
A joint concentration degree combines the competencies of each concentration. Students can combine either Epidemiology or Global Health with Maternal Child Health:

Competency-Based Education
Competencies are student outcomes - both knowledge and skills - that are specific to the degree and to the area of study. They reflect the knowledge and skills that we strive to develop in our students and form the basis of our evaluation of each student's achievement. For the MPH, there is a set of core competencies and set of discipline-specific competencies that guide the development of the curriculum. The competency sets are developed with input from current public health practitioners, our alumni, our faculty and our students to reflect current and future needs of the profession.

Maternal and Child Health Concentration Competencies

  • MCH 1: Describe the history and characteristics of MCH population health.
  • MCH 2: Communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, e.g., professional, lay, from various cultural and ethnic groups.
  • MCH 3: Use data to identify issues related to the health status of an MCH population.
  • MCH 4: Develop cultural sensitivity.
  • MCH 5: Plan and evaluate MCH policies and programs.

Career Opportunities
SLU graduates are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings and positions. Some of the career paths in maternal and child health include:

  • Project Manager
  • Community Health Educator
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Health Data Analyst

Faculty and Research
Our faculty are internationally recognized as leaders in the field of maternal and child health and have active research in areas such as:

  • Maternal and Child Epidemiology
  • Childhood Neurological and Developmental Disabilities
  • Sleep Duration and Maternal and Fetal Outcomes
  • Maternal Depression
  • Modifiable Risk Factors for Preterm Delivery

MPH Practice Experience

Students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program are required to complete a practice experience (internship) with an approved community health organization and preceptor. This 320-hour experience is designed to enhance students' educational experiences and promote professional competence in Maternal and Child Health.

Internships in this concentration might involve the following activities: designing and evaluating maternal and child health programs and developing leadership skills needed to advocate for mothers and children. The program emphasizes applying knowledge both globally and domestically. Examples of organizations that have sponsored internships include: Mathews Dickey Boy's & Girl's Club, Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition, and St. Martin de Porres Parish (Belize).

Admission Requirements

MPH-MCH Curriculum
Students in joint concentrations will have a curriculum that varies from the one below.

MPH Core Curriculum

  • Behavioral Science and Public Health 

  • Principles of Biostatistics

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Principles of Epidemiology

  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health

  • Ethical Issues in Public Health 

  • Managerial Aspects of Public Health Practice

  • Internship/Practice Experience 

  • Special Study for Examinations

  • Rounds

Concentration Curriculum

  • Community Diagnosis

  • Health Promotion Program Planning

  • Health Promotion Program Evaluation

  • Maternal and Child Health I

  • Maternal and Child Health II

  • Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology or Perinatal Epidemiology

  • Politics and Public Health Advocacy

  • Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health

  • Capstone in Maternal and Child Health

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