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  • Certificate Program in Maternal and Child Health (MCH)

    Drexel’s online Certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program, offered through the CEPH-accredited Dornsife School of Public Health, 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 course 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.

    Maternal and Child Health Certificate Program Features

    • Maternal and Child Health 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 looking for distance learning options
    • Curriculum shaped by the five Maternal and Child Health core competencies:
      • Scientific Basis
      • Methodological/Analytical Skills
      • Management and Communication Skills
      • Policy and Advocacy Skills
      • Values and Ethics in MCH Public Health Practice
    • An HRSA-Funded Grant MCH Public Health Catalyst Program
    • MCH certificate program courses are taught by Drexel faculty and guest lectures by national and international experts in MCH

    What Does an HRSA Grant Program Mean?

    HRSA, or the Health Resources and Services Administration, assists millions of US residents with access to healthcare and health related services. As part of their mission, they provide HRSA grants to programs that aid in fostering health outcome improvements, health equity, and health education that aligns with the goals of HRSA. One area of focus for HRSA is maternal and child health (MCH) public health initiatives. Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health’s Certificate in Maternal and Child Health is proud to be selected as one of only nine HRSA funded MCH Public Health Catalyst programs.

    MCH Certificate Program Graduates are 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

    Online Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Program FAQs

    Is Drexel’s Maternal and Child Health Certificate financial aid eligible?
    Yes, Drexel Dornsife’s Maternal and Child Health Certificate is financial aid eligible.

    What can you do with a certificate in maternal and child health?
    Upon completion of Drexel Dornsife’s Certificate in Maternal and Child Health, you'll be able to utilize your newfound knowledge to practice, plan, and evaluate maternal and child public health programs. Learn more.

    What is a maternal and child health program?
    Drexel Dornsife’s maternal and child health program is designed to help you develop the skills and expertise to effectively promote the health and well-being of women, mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and families in local, domestic, and global settings.

    What is maternal and child health in public health?
    Maternal and child health is an important topic in public health both locally and globally. Education and research are the key to addressing health disparity and complex health challenges faced by mothers and children. Reproductive health, child mortality, and vaccination are just a few examples of maternal and child health concerns that can benefit from public health research, education, and advocacy.

    Does Drexel Dornsife's maternal and child health program offer events and career opportunities?
    As a maternal and child health certificate student, you'll have many opportunities to stay connected and get involved in Drexel's Maternal and Child Health Program through its monthly newsletter, MCH Journal Club, MCH Student Organization, and events such as the MCH speaker series, annual MCH student career networking session, and annual symposium. Learn more.

    Online Open House

    View our previously recorded online open house to learn more about the online Certificate in Maternal and Child Health program.

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period.

    Required Courses
    CHP 517 Overview of Maternal and Child Health 3.0
    CHP 518
    or HMP 519
    Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
    or Maternal & Child Health Policy
    EPI 570 Introduction to Epidemiology 3.0
    Electives (Choose Three) 9.0
    BST 571
    Introduction to Biostatistics
    CHP 518
    Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
    CHP 519
    Methodology and Methods for Health Equity Research: The Health of Black Communities
    CHP 607
    Public Health Ethics
    CHP 660
    Global Health Ethics
    CHP 661
    Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health Programs and Advocacy
    CHP 673
    Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs
    CHP 681
    Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations
    CHP 683
    Intersectional Perspectives
    CHP 684
    Sexual Orientations and Health
    CHP 685
    Genders and Sexes and Health
    EPI 556
    Perinatal Epidemiology
    EPI 572
    Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
    HMP 505
    Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis
    HMP 519
    Maternal & Child Health Policy
    HMP 555
    Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
    HMP 557
    Public Health and the Complexity of Mental Health Policy: Exploring Past, Present, and Future
    Total Credits 18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university
    • Demonstrated interest or work experience in Maternal and Child Health

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Computer Requirements

    Working knowledge of and access to a personal computer (no more than 4 years old), high-speed connection to the Internet, and Microsoft Office applications.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1335 per credit.

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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