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Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology

Graduate Certificate


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $700
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Zuckerman College of Public Health

Program Details

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) among healthcare providers, policymakers, and others. Investing in healthy children and families strengthens communities and helps to prevent unnecessary healthcare costs.

The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Graduate Certificate focuses on promoting the life-span health and safety of individuals who give birth, children, and their families to enhance individual and societal well-being.

In this program, you will focus on the determinants, mechanisms, and systems that promote and maintain the health, safety, well-being, and appropriate development of children and their families in communities and societies. Your knowledge will enable you to use and apply sound epidemiologic research and scientific information to help shape maternal and child health programs and policies. This will enhance the future health and welfare of society and subsequent generations. 

This certificate can be completed in as little as one year. Upon completion, you will be equipped to contribute to improving the health status of individuals who give birth, children, and adolescents worldwide. This program is affiliated with the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Students who complete the graduate certificate and are later admitted to the MPH program may use all units toward the MPH if they choose either the MCH or the Health Behavior Health Promotion concentration.

You are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). You must have completed the following to be eligible for this graduate certificate:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university – minimum 2.75 GPA (total, last 60 units, or 12 or more graduate units).
  • One course in college biology.
  • One course in college algebra or a more advanced math course.
  • One letter of recommendation from a supervisor, mentor, or other individuals familiar with your work and professional abilities.
  • Resume/CV which should include educational background and employment experience.
  • Written statement of background and goals (one page single-spaced).
  • International applicants may need to provide proof of English proficiency.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


This program consists of three required courses plus one elective chosen from four Public Health courses or a 500+ level course as approved by the Program Director. The core courses include:

EPID 555: Introduction to Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology
EPID 573a: Basic Principles of Epidemiology
BIOS 576: Biostatistics in Public Health



Earning your Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology will build core skills, including:

  • Program evaluation
  • Program administration
  • Program planning
  • Writing
  • Data analysis

Graduates of the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Graduate Certificate program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Program Evaluation
  • Program Administration
  • Program Coordination
  • Program Planning
  • Non-profit
  • Government
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare