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Maternal & Child Health Courses

What is MCH-Link?

Through an innovative scholarship program, the Colorado School of Public Health is offering graduate level Maternal and Child Health (MCH) courses that address the current educational and training needs of practicing MCH professionals working in hard-to-reach areas of the Rocky Mountain region. This program will provide intensive public health education and skills development at a distance while allowing you to maintain your work and family responsibilities. The 1-credit courses will be offered without charge to a limited number of eligible MCH workers in rural, frontier, or tribal underserved areas in the Rocky Mountain region, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The majority of courses will be offered online.

Who is eligible for MCH-Link?

The MCH-Link Scholarship Program is designed for practicing public health professionals who have a strong desire to enhance their current education and training by taking online graduate level courses. You must have a bachelor's degree, and currently serve Maternal & Child Health populations (women, children, and/or their families) in a rural, frontier, or tribal community in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Apply for MCH-Link today

About the Courses

The 1-credit graduate level courses offered by the MCH-Link program are provided at no cost to eligible applicants and are designed to address the special educational needs of diverse public health professionals who serve MCH populations (women, children, and/or their families). Most courses will be offered online, and topics covered include: maternal and childhood nutrition, public health nutrition, intimate partner violence, early childhood health, adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health, and childhood obesity. Two conference-based courses cover topics related to current issues in Maternal & Child Health, and the latest research in American Indian and Alaska Native childhood development.  ​

Click here to see all courses offered for the MCH-Link Program

Spring 2020 Courses

Intimate Partner Violence: Epidemiology, Theory and Prevention
​Instructor: Dr. Ashley Brooks-Russell, PhD, MPH
Course Delivery: Online, 1 credit hour

The goal of this course is to review the topic of intimate partner violence, with an emphasis on prevention and public health practice. Topics will include: definitional issues and critiques of measurement of partner violence; overview of epidemiology, including youth and special populations; commonly used theories for etiology and prevention, with special attention to gender perspectives; and evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies.  ​

Developmental Screening and Referral *NEW
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Greenwell, ScD 
Course Delivery: Online, 1 credit hour

Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health 
Instructor: Dr. Sheana Bull, PhD, MPH | Ryan O’Connell, MPH
Course Delivery: Online, 1 credit hour

This graduate level 1-credit course is intended to introduce students to the biology of human sexuality and reproduction, components of healthy sexual relationships, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and fertility control, and issues related to sexual orientation. 

Childhood Obesity
Instructor: Micheal Barrale, MPH, RD
Course Delivery: Online, 1 credit hour

Prerequisite: CBHS 6670 Nutrition and Public Health, or a basic nutrition course at the undergraduate or graduate

This course will provide an overview of childhood obesity assessment, prevention, and treatment. Key childhood obesity topics, behavioral counseling theories, frameworks and challenges will be covered within the context of public health.

Nutrition and Public Health
Instructor: Michael Barrale, MPH, RD
Course Delivery: Online, 1 credit hour

This course begins with an overview of nutrition and its relation to health and disease. Students will learn to evaluate public health nutrition research and address theories and frameworks, food insecurity, food policies and regulations, and federal nutrition programs.

Course tuition and university fees will be covered by the MCH-Link Scholarship Program. For more information, please contact Elizabeth.Greenwell@ucdenver

Application Requirements

​Applications for the MCH-Link scholarship program will be accepted on a rolling basis. You must fill out and submit the MCH-Link Application Form and all required documents. Our faculty will determine eligibility based on the information presented in your application. If accepted, we will guide you through the non-degree application and course registration process.

More information about application requirements​​​​​​


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