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Certificate in Maternal and Child Health

Drexel’s accredited, online Certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) provides the knowledge and skills needed to effectively promote the health and well-being of women, mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and families in local, domestic, and global settings.

Access a tailored maternal and child health core curriculum, informed by federal MCH leadership competencies, to learn how to translate data into practice, plan and evaluate programs, and communicate with distinct and diverse audiences guided by mentors/faculty with MCH experience. As a student of Drexel's maternal and child health certificate program, you will apply skills in a required local field experience, as well as elective domestic and global practical experiences using innovative technology and enhance your capacity in the MCH workforce.

Program Features

    • Courses taught by experienced faculty from Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
    • Convenient 100% online format for busy professionals
    • Curriculum shaped by the five MCH core competencies:
      • Scientific Basis
      • Methodological/Analytical Skills
      • Management and Communication Skills
      • Policy and Advocacy Skills
      • Values and Ethics in MCH Public Health Practice
    • One of five national HRSA-Funded MCH Public Health Catalyst Programs
    • Taught by Drexel faculty and guest lectures by national and international experts in MCH

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand the historical development of the maternal and child health field, including the history of local, state, and federal MCH agencies and their structure, and national legislative mandates relative to MCH
  • Define the MCH population in a community
  • Apply the life course perspective to MCH public health problems
  • Utilize core public health analysis and research methods to interpret MCH data and translate it into MCH practice
  • Describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of MCH programs domestically and internationally
  • Explain the tenets of MCH program planning and evaluation and identify essential gaps in existing programs serving mothers and children
  • Effectively communicate to diverse MCH populations
  • Identify the biological, social, and behavioral basis for a MCH program