Certificate in Maternal and Child Health

The certificate in maternal and child health (MCH) at Rollins prepares students for positions in governmental and non-governmental public health organizations serving women, infants, and children at local, regional, national, and international levels.

The certificate in MCH follows the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs published in 2009. MPH graduates with a certificate in MCH will gain mastery in at least one methodological approach and one aspect of the MCH life course, as well as general grounding in the larger arena of MCH.

This certificate is available to all part-time and four semester full-time students enrolled in a degree-seeking MPH/MSPH program at Rollins.

Applying

The MCHC program has reopened applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Interested applicants should complete the supplementary application available here by September 5. Students will be notified of their decision no later than September 19. The application for the 2018-19 academic year will be made available in January 2018 for those interested in the MCH Certificate. 

The Emory University Center for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health offers a limited number of fellowships each year to students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds—which includes African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders—who are interested in completing the maternal and child health certificate.

Potential fellowship applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a master's program at Rollins. Fellowship students will complete the MCH certificate and will receive a scholarship award equal to $30,800, a $2,500/semester REAL award for an MCH-related position, and $2,000 in practicum assistance.

Eligible applicants interested in the MCH fellowship for should indicate interest in the MCH certificate in their SOPHAS application and complete the MCH Application Form which contains a few short questions. In order to be considered for the MCH Fellowship, an applicant must apply by the school wide priority deadline. Applicants will be notified of certificate decisions by early March.

This is a rigorous and competitive certificate program intended for students that are committed to the development and promotion of the MCH field.  Applicants should have demonstrated leadership and team player capabilities.

Beginning in 2017, applicants interested in the MCH certificate program will be able to apply during the regular admissions cycle. Applicants interested in the MCH certificate should indicate interest in the MCH certificate in their SOPHAS application and complete the MCH Program Form, which contains a few short questions. The new MCH Program Form will be available in January 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year. Applicants to the certificate are strongly encouraged to apply by the school wide priority deadline for full consideration. Applicants who apply after the school wide priority deadline are not guaranteed prospective review for the MCH certificate program. Applicants will be notified of certificate decisions by mid to late March.

The MCH Certificate requires 12-14 hours of coursework, a 3-4-credit culminating experience on an MCH topic, and a practicum related to MCH.

Core Courses (8 credits)

Students are required to take four core courses:

BSHE/EPI/GH/HPM 596                Foundations of MCH                                         (3 credits)  SPRING , year 1

HPM 502                                   Introduction to Healthcare Management              (2 credits)  FALL, any year

EPI 508                                     MCH Collaborative Leadership Seminar               (1 credit) FALL, year 2

EPI/BSHE 509                             Overview of Children with Special Health              (2 credits) SPRING

Care Needs


Electives (4-6 credits)-All courses must be taken for a grade unless otherwise required.

Choose either quantitative or qualitative methods1 and one life course elective.

Choose 1 methods course:

Quantitative Methods: BIOS 501, EPI 565, EH 524, BSHE 530, BSHE 532, HPM 564 OR GH 540

Qualitative Methods: BSHE 524, BSHE 538, BSHE 539, HPM 533, GH 522, GH 525, OR GH 543

Choose 1 life course:

Pregnancy to Childhood: EPI 744, GH 546, GH 552, OR GH/EPI 566

Transition to Adulthood:BSHE 517

Reproductive Life:EPI/GH 550, EPI 746, GH 530, GH 539, GH 541, GH 547, GH 563 OR GH 593

Women's Health:EPI 516 OR HPM 569

1Cannot be core requirement for student's degree program/track.

Culminating Experience (3-4 credits) *

The culminating experience for the MPH or MSPH degree (Thesis, Capstone, Special Project) must be related to Maternal and Child Health. In order to meet the requirements of the Certificate, the Culminating Experience topic must be pre-approved by an MCH Certificate Program faculty affiliate.

* Students in HPM must take an additional four credit hours of electives if his or her captsone is not MCH related.

Practicum (0 credits)

The practicum must be related to Maternal and Child Health. In order to meet the requirements of the Certificate, the practicum topic must be pre-approved by an MCH Certificate Program faculty affiliate.

Required Courses and Elective Courses**

Course petition form for waivers, substitutions and petitions

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester Offered

Notes

BIOS 501

Biostatistical Methods 2

4

Spring

Pre-requisite: BIOS 500

BSHE 517

Adolescent Health

2

Fall

BSHE 524

Community Needs Assessment

3

Fall/Spring

BSHE Students Priority.  Non-BSHE students should contact BSHE ADAP if interested in enrolling.

BSHE 530

Conduct of Evaluation

3

Fall/Spring

BSHE Students Priority.  Non-BSHE students should contact BSHE ADAP if interested in enrolling.

BSHE 532

Quantitative Analysis

3

Spring

BSHE Students Priority.  Non-BSHE students should contact BSHE ADAP if interested in enrolling.

BSHE 538

Qualitative Research Methods

3

Fall/Spring

BSHE Students Priority.  Non-BSHE students should contact BSHE ADAP if interested in enrolling.

BSHE 539

Qualitative Data Analysis

3

Fall

EH 524

Risk Assessment I

2

Fall

EPI 516

Issues in Women’s Health

2

Fall

Pre-requisites: BIOS 500, EPI 504 or EPI 530

EPI 565

Data Sources in Maternal Child Health Epidemiology

2

Spring

Pre-requisites: BIOS 500, EPI 504 or EPI 530

EPI 744

Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology

2

Fall

Pre-requisites: EPI 530 and EPI 534

EPI 746

Reproductive Epidemiology

2

Spring

Pre-requisite: EPI 530 or EPI 504

EPI/GH 550

Epidemiology and Dynamics of HIV/STD Transmission

2

Fall

 Pre-requisite/concurrent: EPI 530 or EPI 504

GH 522

Qualitative Research Methods for Global Health

3

Spring

GH 525

Qualitative Data Analysis

3

Fall

Pre-requisite: GH 522 or equivalent. Priority to GH students.

GH 543

Fundamentals of Qualitative Data Analysis

2

Fall

Pre-requisite: GH 522 or equivalent. Priority to GH students.

GH 530

The GEMMA Seminar

2

Spring

GH 539

Reproductive Health Program Management

2

Fall

GH 540

Population Dynamics

2

Spring

GH 541

Technology of Fertility Control

2

Fall

GH 546

Maternal and Child Nutrition

3

Spring

GH 552

Global Elimination of Micronutrient Malnutrition

2

Fall

GH 563

AIDS: Public Health Implications

2

Fall

GH/EPI 566

Immunization Programs and Policies

2

Spring

GH 593

Religion and Health in Context: Sexual and Reproductive Health

2

Fall

HPM 533

Qualitative Methods for Health Services Research

3

Spring

HPM 564

Health Outcomes Research

3

Fall

Pre-requisite: HPM 500

HPM 569

Women's Health Policy: A Lifecycle Approach

2

Spring

**Additional courses will be considered by the MCH Executive Committee

Required Courses by Semester

Fall Year 1

Spring Year 1

Fall Year 2

Spring Year 2

MCH Application

MCH Foundations-3 credits

EPI 508-1 credits

EPI/BSHE 509-2 credits

HPM 502 (HPM students)-2 credits

Elective/Methods

HPM 502-2 credits

Culminating Experience-3-4 credits

Elective/Methods

Elective/Methods

Practicum-0


 


Documentation of Certificate Requirements:

In order for the MCH Certificate to appear on a student’s official transcript, the documentation form must be submitted in the semester of graduation by:

March 15 for spring graduates
October 15 for winter graduates
July 1 for summer graduates

 

 

If you have specific questions about the MCH Certificate Program, please contact Teresa Parker (tparke3@emory.edu), the program coordinator, or Dr. Lauren Christiansen Lindquist (lchris4@emory.edu), the deputy director.