Certificate in Maternal and Child Health


Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 18.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1-2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.2209
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 21-1094

About the Program

The online Certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) provides MCH practitioners desiring accessible training in MCH with core knowledge and skills needed to effectively promote the health and well-being of mothers, infants, children, and families in local, domestic, and global settings. The certificate will utilize the five MCH competencies for curriculum development and evaluation (ATMCH, 2001): scientific basis, methodological/analytical skills, management and communication skills, policy and advocacy skills, and values and ethics in MCH public health practice.

Students accepted into the MCH Certificate program are designated as MCH Catalyst Trainees through the MCH Public Health Catalyst Training Program at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. This training program is supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Opportunities for MCH Trainees include online and hybrid learning and social opportunities with others interested in MCH, mentorship, MCH career networking events, participation in national MCH internships and conferences, networking opportunities with MCH professionals and trainees across the country, student leadership positions in the MCH student groups, MCH research and service opportunities, and an array of MCH-focused events including MCH Speaker Series Webinars, Online MCH Journal Clubs, Leadership Workshops/Projects, and Symposia.

Students develop skills in critical thinking, application, and analysis of MCH issues through achieving nationally recognized MCH Leadership Competencies. As MCH Catalyst Trainees, students in this program will also be afforded additional MCH opportunities both within Drexel and nationally through HRSA/MCHB. Graduates of this training program are poised for entry and upward advancement into the MCH workforce or related MCH graduate programs.

The certificate is offered entirely online to provide qualified students and working professionals with an opportunity to acquire these credentials regardless of restrictions in time and physical location. Those who successfully complete the certificate program and wish to broaden their scope of public health education could pursue an MPH degree program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete application form
  • Working knowledge of and access to a personal computer (no more than four years old), high-speed connection to the Internet, and Microsoft Office applications
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Ability to download free versions of software required for the program
  • Demonstrated interest or work experience in MCH

Program Requirements

Required Courses
CHP 517Overview of Maternal and Child Health3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
Selective (Choose One)3.0
Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
Maternal & Child Health Policy
Electives *9.0
Introduction to Biostatistics
Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
Public Health Ethics
Global Health Ethics
Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health Programs and Advocacy
Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs
Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations
LGBT Health Disparities
Intersectional Perspectives
Perinatal Epidemiology
Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
Maternal & Child Health Policy
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Reproductive Women's Health Across the Life Cycle
Total Credits18.0

CHP 607 is a pre or co-requisite for CHP 660, and CHP 673 is a pre or co-requisite for CHP 661

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CHP 5173.0CHP 518 or HMP 5193.0Electives6.0
EPI 5703.0Elective3.0 
 6 6 6
Total Credits 18

 Please note that electives can be taken during any term. This is a sample plan of study that shows how students may choose to complete this certificate.

Additional Information

For more information about this certificate, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the MCH Program webpage and the Drexel University Online website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

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