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Certificate in Maternal & Child Health

Online certificate

The field of maternal and child health (MCH) focuses on improving the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of the populations including: women, infants, children, adolescents, families, fathers, and children with special health care needs. The purpose of this certificate is to strengthen the capacity of the public health workforce to serve the diverse needs of maternal and child health populations through graduate public health education.

The program is designed for public health workers who are non-degree students and who currently serve an MCH population (or have a desire to do so), and current graduate students who wish to augment their knowledge of best/emerging practices for meeting the needs of women, children, and families. Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will have developed the skills and abilities to improve the health in the communities you serve. 

This certificate is a fully online program to accommodate demanding professional and personal schedules​.


Curriculum Overview
Course # Course Title ​Credit
PUBH 6600 Foundations of Public Health 2
CBHS 6621 Maternal & Child Health 3
​Electives​ ​See list below ​10
Total​ ​ ​15




Due to the extraordinary diversity of professional topics and activities in maternal and child health, this certificate provides the options that you need to customize your learning. The program requires survey courses in public health and in maternal and child health, and allows you to choose their own focus from a large array of electives. Thus, you will acquire a higher level or macro-level view of the fields of public health and maternal and child health through the required courses, and also dive deeper into an area of specific interest or need such as nutrition issues for MCH populations, or MCH epidemiologic methods.  
Course # Course Title ​Credit
​​CU ​Anschutz Medical Campus
BIOS 6601 Applied Biostatistics 3
​CBHS 6612 ​Methods In Research & Evaluation ​3
​CBHS 6613 ​Program Planning & Implementation ​3
​CBHS 6614 ​Childhood Obesity ​1
​CBHS 6616 ​Intimate Partner Violence: Epidemiology, Theory & Prevention ​1
​CBHS 6617 ​Nutrition & Public Health ​1
​CBHS 6618 ​Current Research in American Indian & Alaska Native Child Health and Development ​1
​CBHS 6619 ​Public Health in the Global Community ​3
​CBHS 6625 ​Current and Regional Issues in Maternal & Child Health ​1
​​CBHS 6627 ​​Maternal Nutrition ​1
​CBHS 6628 ​Technology-based Health Promotion ​3
​CBHS 6629 ​Health and Human Rights ​3
​CBHS 6631 ​Introduction to Sexual & Reproductive Health ​1
CBHS 6632​ ​Public Health in the Caribbean & Latin America ​3
​CBHS 6633 ​Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba ​3
​CBHS 6634 ​Adolescent Health ​1
CBHS 6635 ​Child Nutrition ​1
​CBHS 6636 ​Early Childhood Health in America ​1
​CBHS 6641 ​Developmental Screening, Strategies, Referral ​1
​CBHS 6670 ​Women's Health ​1
​EPID 6630 ​Epidemiology ​3
​EPID 6637 ​Injury & Violence Epidemiology and Prevention ​2
​EPID 6641 ​Epidemiology of Foodborne & Diarrheal Disease ​2
​EPID 6642 ​Public Health Genetics ​2
​EPID 6644 ​Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology ​3
​HSMP 6614 ​Maternal & Child Health Program Management and Policy ​3
Colorado State University
​HDFS 6100 ​Risk & Resilience ​3
​HDFS 6120 ​Adolescent Development ​3
​PSCY 5150 ​Women's Health ​3
University of Northern Colorado​​​ ​ ​ ​
​CHBH 5250 ​Contemporary Issues in Social Health ​3
​CHBH 5750 ​Public Health Issues in Reproductive Health ​3
CHBH 6100​ ​Program Planning & Evaluation 3​
​CHBH 6150 ​Methods in Public Health Research & Evaluation ​3
​​​JKF Partners (no more than 6 CLSC credits may apply to the Certificate)
​CLSC 6663 ​Interventions for Children/Youth with Autism/Neuro-developmental Disabilities ​3
CLSC 6668​ ​Screening & Assessment for Children/Youth with Autism/NDD ​3

 Additional Notes

Students may complete the certificate prior to or concurrently with the MPH degree.  If a certificate student intends to pursue the MPH after successful completion of the Certificate program, she or he will need to formally apply to the MPH program and complete all of the admission requirements of the MPH program. Certificate students are not guaranteed admission to the MPH program.

A maximum of 21 certificate credits may transfer into the MPH program. Of this 21, no more than 9 credits may be from coursework taken as a non-degree student prior to program matriculation. Students should consult the MPH handbook for additional information. If a current MPH student completes the certificate, no more than 9 credits can count towards both programs.


 Admissions Requirements

Review the admissions requirements here​. Ready to apply? Visit SOPHAS Express​ to submit your application.3

 Contact Us

Admissions Contact: 
Colorado School of Public Health 
303.724.4613 (p) 

Office & Hours: 
CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimons Bldg, 3rd Floor 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place​
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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