Learning Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of our program, students will be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Describe the etiology, epidemiology, and history of MCH problems
  • Critique and evaluate published reports of epidemiologic and public health research studies
  • Determine the validity of evidence for interventions addressing MCH problems
  • Demonstrate competency in posing a research question, designing and conducting a research study, analyzing findings, and presenting findings in oral and written formats
  • Evaluate the integrity and comparability of data and identify existing gaps in the research
  • Apply knowledge of demographic, health, social, and community issues in designing MCH programs
  • Develop methods to monitor and evaluate programs and service networks for their effectiveness and quality
  • Describe the historical development of federal, state, and local agencies and programs serving women, children, and families; and their current structures and missions
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct in practice and research
  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, especially low-income families with limited access to quality health services, and children with special health care needs

MCH graduates are skilled in the maternal and child health competencies (PDF) as defined by the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health. To complete a self-assessment of your own MCH skills and goals, click here (PDF) .