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MPH - Maternal & Child Health

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

As a concentration area of the Master of Public Health, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program centers on  the study of determinants, mechanisms and systems associated with overall health for women, children and families.  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.

The 42 credit hour program is designed for individuals who will manage (plan, execute and evaluate) MCH programs, conduct public health research on MCH issues, or work to affect MCH policy. The program can also be readily customized to professionals who work with children with special health care needs. There is also an option to study Global Public Health and Maternal and Child Health. 

Career Opportunities

The MPH degree in maternal and child health will prepare students to define public health needs related to MCH, design public health strategies and programs to address those needs, and evaluate the effectiveness of policies and programs in meeting MCH objectives. Typical worksites for individuals with a MPH degree in MCH include local, state, national, and international public health agencies, non-profit community organizations, foundations, and universities.

Program Curriculum 

MPH-Maternal and Child Health Curriculum Checksheet


Prerequisite or Co-requisite
  • Human Development (>=3 credits of undergraduate, or higher, level course work)
  • Maternal and Child Health experience
Course Course # Credits

Required MPH Core Credits

  Total: 18

Applied Biostatistics I

BIOS 6601


​Biostatistics Lab - SAS*  
Biostatistics Lab - SPSS*
​BIOS 6603

BIOS 6604


EPID 6630


Environmental & Occupational Health

EHOH 6614


Social & Behavioral Factors in Health

CBHS 6610


Health Systems Management Policy

HSMP 6601


Foundations in Public Health

PUBH 6600


Maternal and Child Health Required Core

Total: 12

​Maternal 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 ​ ​CBHS 6612 ​3

General Electives

Total: 8 

Maternal and Child Health Methods Electives ​3
Maternal and Child Health Topic Electives ​3
General Elective 2​

Practicum and Capstone

 Total: 4


PUBH 6606


Capstone Preparation ​CBHS 6990 ​1
​Capstone Integration ​PUBH 6991 ​1



MPH concentration curriculum is updated on an annual basis. Students are required to complete the curriculum approved and in place at the time of matriculation.

Maternal and Child Health Methods Electives:
  • CBHS 6613 Program Planning & Implementation (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6620 Survey Research (2 credits)
  • CBHS 6622 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6624 Community Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6628 Technology-Based Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6621 GIS for Public Health Research/Practice (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6625 International Disasters and Global Humanitarianism (3 credits)
  • EPID 6624 Public Health Surveillance (2 credits)
  • EPID 6626 Research Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EPID 6629 Clinical Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6631 Analytic Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EPID 6634 Applied Global Health Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • EPID 6635 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6616 Intro to Policy Analysis and Communication (1 credit)
  • CLSC 6663 Interventions for Children/Youth with Autism/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (3 credits)
  • CLSC 6668 Screening & Assessment for Children/Youth with Autism/NDD (3 credits)
  • Other public health research/practice courses approved by the Concentration Director or Advisor
Maternal and Child Health Topics Electives:
  • CBHS 6614 Childhood Obesity
  • CBHS 6616 Intimate Partner Violence: Epidemiology (1 credit)
  • CBHS 6617 Nutrition and Public Health (1 credit)
  • CBHS 6618 Current Research in AIAN Child Health & Development (1 credit)
  • CBHS 6619 Public Health in the Global Community (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6625 Current Regional Issues in Maternal & Child Health (1 credit)
  • CBHS 6627 Maternal Nutrition
  • CBHS 6629 Health and Human Rights
  • CBHS 6631 Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health (1 credit)
  • CBHS 6632 Public Health in the Caribbean and Latin America (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6633 Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6634 Adolescent Health
  • CBHS 6635 Child Nutrition
  • CBHS 6636 Early Childhood Health in America
  • CBHS 6670 Special Topics: Women's Health - Public Health Perspective
  • CHBH 5250 Contemporary Issues in School Health (3 credits) | UNC course
  • CHBH 5750 Public Health Issues in Reproductive Health (3 credits) | UNC course
  • EHOH 6625 International Disasters and Global Humanitarianism (3 credits)
  • EPID 6637 Injury & Violence Epidemiology and Prevention (2 credits)
  • EPID 6641 Epidemiology of Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases (2 credits)
  • EPID 6642 Public Health Genetics (2 credits)
  • EPID 6643 Epidemiology and Prevention of TB/HIV/STDs (2 credits)
  • EPID 6670 Special Topics: Global Health and Disaster (2 credits)
  • ANTP 5200 Women, Health and Culture (3 credits) I CSU course
  • ANTP 5320 Culture of Disaster (3 credits) I CSU course
  • ANTP 5400 Medical Anthropology (3 credits) I CSU course
  • ANTP 5450 Global Mental Health: Theory and Practice (3 credits) I CSU course
  • ANTP 5470 Mind, Medicine and Culture (4  credits) I CSU course
  • HDFS 5280 Child and Family Assessment (3 credits) | CSU course
  • HDFS 6005 Parenting (3 credits) | CSU course
  • HDFS 6070 Prevention Across the Life-span (3 credits) I CSU course
  • HDFS 6100 Risk and Resilience (3 credits) | CSU course
  • HDFS 6120 Adolescent Development (3 credits) | CSU course
  • HDFS 7400 Family Policy (3 credits) | CSU course
  • FSHN 5000 Food Systems, Nutrition, Food Security (2 credits) I CSU course
  • FSHN 6610 International Nutrition (2 credits) I CSU course
  • PSCY 5150 Women's Health (3 credits) | CSU course
  • CLSC 6653-6654 Key Concepts in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (2-4 credits)
  • CLSC 6666 Trans-disciplinary Model Early Intervention Service Delivery (3 credits)
  • Other maternal and child health topic courses approved by the Concentration Director or Advisor

Concentration Competencies
Identifier Concentration Competency (CN)
Scientific basis of MCH public health practice​ ​


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



CN-MCH 2 Apply knowledge of demographic, health, familial, socio-cultural, environmental and community factors to the design of MCH programs and services.
Methodological and Analytic​ ​
​CN-MCH 3 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.

CN-MCH 7​ Conceptualize and appropriately use data to identify problems and assets and to plan, implement and evaluate programs.
Management and Communication
CN-MCH 8 Develop mechanisms to monitor and evaluate programs and service networks for their effectiveness and quality, including the use of performance measures.
Policy and Advocacy​ ​
CN-MCH 9​ 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.

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