Concentration in Maternal & Child Health

The Department of Community Health Sciences offers the concentration in maternal & child health to train students for careers that improve the health of women, children, youth, and entire families and communities, while addressing health inequities and the systems and policies that contribute to family health. MCH applies a life-course perspective to its mission.

The life course perspective combines knowledge of the scientific foundation of MCH practice with the skills needed to shape and influence public health practice and policy: community needs assessment; program development and management; research and evaluation; and policy and advocacy. Our primary focus is on issues of maternal and child health in the United States; however, our faculty, curriculum, and scholarly activities include countries across the development spectrum.

Our faculty conduct research, education, and service in partnership with community-based organizations, advocates, local, national, and international government agencies.

What You’ll Learn

The curriculum combines an understanding of the substantive issues in maternal and child health with the essential skills needed to shape and influence public health practice and policy. Our courses cover family health and wellness, with particular emphasis on women’s health across the life span; sexual and reproductive health and justice; the perinatal period and birth outcomes; children’s health and mental health, disability and special needs, and adolescent health and development. Courses emphasize three skill areas for MCH practice: policy and advocacy, research and evaluation, and program development and management.

Students may focus on the following areas:

  • sexual, perinatal and women’s health
  • child and adolescent health
  • maternal and child community health practice
  • maternal and child health epidemiology
  • policy-making and advocacy for women, children, and families

Career Pathways

Upon graduation, MCH concentrators are equipped with the knowledge, critical thinking, and technical leadership skills essential for assessing community needs and assets, designing and evaluating programs and policies, and advocating for health equity. Graduates are employed as managers, researchers, and advocates within private and public sector organizations in the US and across the globe.