M.P.H. Concentration: Maternal and Child Health

Saint Louis University's maternal and child health concentration focuses on the complex public health problems unique to women, children and their families.

A woman moves bundled diapers while another holds a baby in the background

Students volunteer at the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank as part of the College for Public Health and Social Justice's Public Health Service Day.

With an emphasis on social justice, graduates of SLU’s maternal and child health program develop and promote access to improved prenatal care and birth outcomes, particularly in underserved communities where the need is greatest.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

There are no additional requirements for the maternal and child health concentration. Please refer to the admission requirements for all M.P.H. applicants.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full. You can submit GRE scores up to three months after your initial application. Apply using the centralized application services SOPHAS.org and HAMPCAS.org, or apply directly to Saint Louis University.

Concentration Competencies

SLU's strong job placement rates are based largely on its competencies-based training, collaborative faculty and a team-based experience. In this concentration, you will be able to:

  • Describe the history and characteristics of  health in populations of mothers and children.
  • Communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, e.g., professional, lay, from various cultural and ethnic groups.
  • Use data to identify issues related to the health status of a population of mothers and children.
  • Develop cultural sensitivity.
  • Plan and evaluate maternal and child health  policies and programs. 
Curriculum Plans

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What Our Faculty Investigate

  • Childhood neurological and developmental disabilities
  • Maternal and child epidemiology
  • Maternal depression
  • Modifiable risk factors for preterm delivery
  • Sleep duration and maternal and fetal outcomes

Internship

Students SLU's maternal and child health program  have held internships at organizations including Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club, Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition, and St. Martin de Porres Parish (Belize). They’ve gone on to secure jobs such as project managers, community health educators and outreach specialists.

Careers in Maternal and Child Health

With a concentration in maternal and child health you can improve health delivery systems through advocacy, health education, program development and management and researching best practices. 

You’ll find excellent opportunities to work at the local, state, national and international levels in governmental agencies and health departments, health care systems, clinics and a variety of NGOs.