Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Curriculum

All students must fulfill the requirements of their home department (epidemiology or health services) and the MCH Program. In addition, all students must meet regularly with their advisors to develop a curriculum of additional courses and other activities to meet their needs for specific public health skills.

Throughout the year, all students are required to attend a weekly journal club/research seminar that provides a forum for learning how to critically review the research literature and for obtaining feedback from faculty and other students in developing a thesis research project.

In addition, all students are required to take the course Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health Problems, HSERV 542/EPI 521, which focuses on critical literature reviews, research methodology, and oral and written communication in the context of common MCH problems.

All students are required to meet a minimum number of credits in certain areas:

  • HSERV/EPI courses: At least 18 graded credits in graduate level courses numbered 500-599. Independent study, practicum, and thesis do not count toward this requirement
  • Other graduate-level classes: At least 30 credits in graduate-level courses through the School of Public Health, or other UW schools if approved by the student's faculty advisor.
  • Capstone: 1 credit of HSERV/EPI 599
  • Practicum: At least 3 practicum credits of HSERV/EPI 595
  • Thesis: Nine credits of HSERV/EPI 700 (Master's Thesis)

In addition, health services students are required to take the course Topics in Maternal and Child Health I, HSERV 541 which focuses on advocacy, and public health program planning, management, and evaluation, in addition to providing content on the historical, behavioral, sociological, political, and economic aspects of maternal and child health using a lifecourse perspective.