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

Saint Louis University has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science, and Practice by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As a Center of Excellence, Saint Louis University’s maternal and child health program aims to strengthen and diversify the maternal and child health workforce through enhanced academic, research, leadership, and practical training, and to equip them to address 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. No GRE is required. Applications are reviewed holistically and are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full.  Apply using the centralized application services or

Joint Concentration Options
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
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. 

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


As a Master of Public Health student, you will be required to complete an internship, referred to as the Applied Practice Experience, or APEx, with an approved organization and preceptor. This 320-hour experience is designed to enhance your educational experience and promote professional competence in maternal and child health.

Students in SLU's maternal and child health program have held internships at organizations including CityMatCH, Generate Health, Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, City of St. Louis Department of Health, 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.