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MCH Education and Career Options

Women and child playing

Professionals with formal Maternal and Child Health (MCH) training are in high demand both in the US and internationally to promote conditions that improve the health of women, children, adolescents, and families.

The Dornsife School of Public Health offers a Maternal and Child Health graduate minor and a Maternal and Child Health online certificate.

In addition, Dornsife infuses maternal and child health issues throughout our programs, centers, research, and curriculum. Public health topics that have a maternal and child health component include:

  • Global health
  • Community nutrition
  • Disability and health equity policy
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Environmental health
  • Immigrant health

Learn more about Dornsife's graduate minor, online certificate, and career options for those with MCH training:

Graduate Minor in Maternal and Child Health

The Graduate Minor in Maternal and Child Health is open to all graduate students at Drexel University.

Online Certificate in Maternal and Child Health

The Online Certificate in Maternal and Child Health offers a tailored maternal and child health core curriculum with electives that provide knowledge of local, domestic, and global settings.



Career Options for Graduates with Training in Maternal and Child Health

MCH professionals develop creative public health strategies to address long-standing disparities and complex health outcomes occurring over the life course affecting MCH populations. Their work includes includes research; community needs assessments; program development, implementation, and evaluation; and policy development, among many other skills.

Topics in the field of maternal and child health include family planning and reproductive health; maternal mortality and morbidity; prenatal and postnatal care; infant mortality; infant, child, and adolescent health including children and youth with special health care needs; nutrition and breastfeeding; housing; violence; gender; and disaster preparedness for MCH populations.

Drexel Dornsife MCH trainees have found post-graduate positions in academic organizations, clinical organizations, local health departments, federal agencies, MCH advocacy organizations, and community-based organizations.

Read stories of Dornsife alums putting their maternal and child health training into actionin their careers, and learn more about the MCH program's annual career networking event, which offers Dornsife students the chance to learn more about different opportunities and diverse careers in the MCH field.

Those with MCH training may choose to pursue careers in a variety of settings such as:

  • Health Departments (city, county, or state)
  • Hospitals or health care centers/clinics
  • US and international nonprofit organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Academic institutions
  • Research centers
  • Government agencies such as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Types of MCH careers include:

Program Manager Program Coordinator Research/Project Director
Public Health Advisor Assistant/Associate Professor MCH Epidemiologist
Health Educator Health Education Coordinator Clinical Data Analyst
Evaluation Specialist Nurse Specialist Maternal & Child Health Specialist
Research Scientist Health Policy Analyst/Advisor Statistical Manager
Consultant Outreach Manager Community Engagement Coordinator

Contact Us

Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP
MCH Program Director

Renee Davis, MD, MPH
MCH Program Coordinator & Research Associate

Email: mch@drexel.edu


Are you ready to work towards a better, safer, and healthier world with a career in public health? Open yourself to opportunities at Drexel Dornsife.

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