MPH in Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program provides public health education in:

  • The biologic, sociocultural, behavioral, and policy issues that impact the health of the MCH population.
  • A well-grounded historical context for and current federal, state and local governmental policies and services in the MCH arena.
  • Underlying causes of major health problems and disparities facing the MCH population.
  • Approaches to properly address these problems and the professional skills required for an MCH career whether nationally or internationally.

Students will gain the skills needed to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions with a special emphasis on women, children, and families over the lifespan. Programs will be conceptualized with sensitivity to cultural diversity within a global context.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the school's admission and application requirements for entrance into master's programs at SPHTM.

Degree Program Requirements

Please visit the university course catalog for

SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 credits)

  • SPHL 6020 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)
  • SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3)

Program Course Requirements (18 credits)

  • SBPS 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health (3)
  • SBPS 6340 Monitoring and Evaluation of  Health Programs (3)
  • SBPS 6490 Key Policies and Programs in Maternal and Child Health (3)
  • SBPS 6510 Essential Issues in Maternal and Child Health (3)
  • SBPS 7250 Evidence-Based Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
  • SBPS 7510 Maternal and Child Health: The Life Course Perspective (3)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Applied Practice Experience (SPHL 9980)

The Applied Practice Experience (APE) (formerly practicum) is a supervised practice experience conducted in an agency or organization external to the university to gain practical experience. The APE allows students to demonstrate attainment of at least five competencies, including at least 3 from the foundational competencies (CEPH Criterion D2).  The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. An APE report and poster summarizing the field experiences are required. 

Integrated Learning Experience (SPHL 7950)

All students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies.  

Contact Us

Department Chair: Akilah Dulin, PhD

Program Director: Shokufeh Ramirez, PhD

Department Administrator: Anita Jobson


Phone: (504) 988-5391

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