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Master of Public Health 

Global Public Health - Maternal and Child Health

Campus | University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The Master of Public Health concentration in Global Public Health and Maternal and Child Health provides students with a public health perspective of globalization and global health issues, programs and best practices; trains students to use public health methods to address global health challenges; and provides depth in the area of maternal and child health (MCH). MCH covers a broad spectrum of study from reproductive health, (e.g., family planning, preconception care and perinatal health outcomes) throughout childhood and adolescence. The MPH degree provides training in MCH policy, program management and evaluation, and the application of public health research methods to maternal and child health issues at the global, federal, state and community levels.

As part of the MPH program, students are required to complete the core program curriculum including a practicum and captsone projects. Capstone projects should incorporate applied biostatistics and a global component. 


Like other MPH concentrations, applicants are required to apply for admission to the program through the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application. Applicants are also required to meet the minimum standards for MPH program admission. Click here to review the complete MPH admissions requirements and instructions.


Prerequisite or Co-requisite
  • Human Development (>=3 credits of undergraduate, or higher, level course work)
  • Maternal and Child Health immersion experience
Required MPH Core Credits    18
Applied Biostatistics I BIOS 6601 3

Biostatistics Lab - SAS*
Biostatistics Lab - SPSS*​

​BIOS 6603

BIOS 6604



Epidemiology EPID 6630 3
Occupational & Environmental Health EHOH 6614 3
Foundations of Health Behavior CBHS 6611 3
Health Systems & Management HSMP 6601 3
Foundations in Public Health PUBH 6600 2
Maternal and Child Health Required Core    12
Matneral and Child Health CBHS 6621 3
Maternal and Child Health Policy HSMP 6614 3
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology EPID 6644 3
Methods in Research and Evaluation (or alternate methods course)​ ​CBHS 6612 ​3
Global Public Health Required Core and MCH Electives 11
Public Health in the Global Community CBHS 6619 3
Geographic Perspectives on Global Health EHOH 6623 1
Global-oriented elective(s) in Maternal and Child Health 3-4
General elective(s) in Global Health​ 3-4
Practice Based Learning 4
Practicum 2
Capstone Project 2
Total Program Credits 45

Global Electives

  • CBHS 6623 | Nutrition in the Global Community (2 credits)
  • CBHS 6629 | Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6632 | Public Health in the Caribbean and Latin America (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6633 | Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6621 | GIS for Public Health Research and Practice (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6710 | Disasters, Climate Change and Health (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6670 | International Travel and Health (1 credit)
  • EPID 6624 | Public Health Surveillance (2 credits)
  • EPID 6635 | Communicable Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6640 | Investigation of Disease Outbreaks (2 credits)
  • EPID 6670 | Epidemiology and the Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6602 | Health Equity (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6608 | Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6615 | Global Health Policy Issues (2 credits)
  • HSMP 66xx | Comparative Health Systems (2 credits)

 Concentration Competencies




MPH Maternal and Child Health Concentration (CN) Competencies

Scientific Basis of MCH Public Health Practice


Describe MCH problems in terms of time, magnitude, scope, location, co-occurrence and co-morbidity.


Apply knowledge of demographic, health, familial, socio-cultural, environmental and community factors to the design of MCH programs and services.

Methodological and Analytic


Apply appropriate research methods including research design, sampling, descriptive and inferential statistics and validity/reliability assessment of measures.


Articulate the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative methods.


Use appropriate data collection strategies, including surveys, focus groups and record-based information.


Prepare, interpret and make meaningful inferences on the health of MCH populations from vital statistics, censuses, surveys and service utilization records and translate those data into information.


Conceptualize and appropriately use data to identify problems and assets and to plan, implement and evaluate programs.

Management and Communication


Develop mechanisms to monitor and evaluate programs and service networks for their effectiveness and quality, including the use of performance measures.

Policy and Advocacy


Apply knowledge of significant past and current national MCH legislative mandates to the development and delivery of MCH services.


Apply theories and mechanisms of MCH policy development and implementation.

Additional competencies for students concentrating in Global Public Health - Maternal and Child Health


MPH Global Health Plus Concentration (CN) Competencies


Describe and analyze the determinants and the globalization of health as well as the health status of a given jurisdiction using credible data sources.


Describe contemporary and historic global health issues, programs, best practices and players.


Apply critical thinking to the political, economic and ethical issues in global health.


Identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application.


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