Master of Public Health in the Field of Maternal and Child Health

Program Director A. Vyas

Faculty Advisors J. Franz, M. Napolitano, K. McDonnell, M. Ruiz

Practicum Director D. Strong

Mission Statement

The maternal and child health program (MCH) at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) is a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program designed to train individuals to become responsible and productive public health professionals with an emphasis on MCH populations. This program investigates maternal and child health from a multi-disciplinary perspective that integrates the life course, biological, demographic, epidemiological, developmental, environmental, behavioral, and social characteristics that are unique to the health and well-being of women, children, and families.


The goals of this educational program are to provide and improve:

  • Knowledge and skills to assess the health care needs of women, children, and families; and
  • Ability to plan, design, implement, evaluate, and communicate programs and research targeted toward health promotion and disease prevention among women, children, and families

Visit the program website for additional program information.

MPH students who select the Maternal and Child Health Program enroll in Core Courses (15 credits), Department and Program-Specific Required Courses (12 credits), Program-Specific Electives (10 credits), and an additional 4 credits of any SPH elective(s). The 45 total credit requirements include a Practicum and Culminating experience (4 credits), where students apply their classroom education in a Maternal and Child Health organization and/or research endeavor.

Begin planning Practicum during Year 1; complete Culminating Experience in Year 2.

Program Requirements 

Required core courses (15 credits)
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Required department courses (6 credits)
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
Required program-specific courses (6 credits)
PUBH 6550Maternal and Child Health I
PUBH 6551Maternal and Child Health II
Program-specific electives
10 credits from the following: (see Advisor for modifications/additions)
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
PUBH 6552Women's Health
PUBH 6553Adolescent Health
PUBH 6555Reproductive Health: U.S. and Global Perspectives
PUBH 6556Maternal and Child Nutrition
PUBH 6557Child Development and Public Health
PUBH 6560School Health and Safety
PUBH 6561Maternal and Child Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6562Physical Activity and Obesity Interventions: From the Individual to the Environment
PUBH 6563Global Child Health
HDEV 6109Child Development
EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
4 credits selected from any SPH graduate course(s)
Practicum and culminating experience (4 credits)
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Minimum grade-point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average.
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the Master of Public Health program. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade (or grade-point average) of B (3.0) or above. SPH graduate certificate students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements—up to 18 credits—to the MPH degree. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer.