Maternal and Child Health, Certificate

The MCH Certificate provides students an opportunity to expand their knowledge and increase their comprehension of mothers, children, and their families to improve their health and well-being. Through course content and faculty mentorship, you will learn about:

  • MCH foundational knowledge, research and practice
  • How theories and evidence translate into policy

You will develop skills necessary to

  • Communicate with all persons from diverse groups
  • be leaders in the MCH workforce

Certificate Requirements

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Certificate is 15 credit hours. Students are required to take three core courses (9 credits) and two electives (6 credits) which are selected from an approved list. Students currently enrolled in another degree program at USC may share up to 12 credit hours between both programs. The MCH Certificate Program Director and your faculty mentor will assist you in elective course selection and course sequencing.

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Grade point average 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores – not required
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score of one of the following is needed (this requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution):
    • TOEFL – minimum score of 90
    • IELTS- minimum overall band of 7.0

Degree Requirements (15 Hours)

Course Title Credits
Foundational MCH Core Courses9
Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
Methods in Reproductive & Perinatal Epidemiology
Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and Child Health Programs and Policies: Past, Present, and Future
Elective MCH Courses -Students may select any two courses from the table below. You may not take two courses from the same topic area6
Life Course
Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (alternate year)
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Nutrition and Public Health
Exercise and Childhood Obesity
Psychology of Child Development
Psychological Problems and Resilience
HIV/STI Prevention
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health
Women’s Health and Physical Activity
Theories, Program Planning and Administration
Public Health Surveillance Systems
Social Epidemiology 1
Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs
Behavioral Economics in Public Health
Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Population Health
Advanced Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs 2
Social and Physical Environment Interventions in Health Promotion 2
Approaches and Concepts for Health Administration
Perspectives in Rural Health
Health Economics
Managerial Epidemiology and Statistics in Healthcare
Economic Evaluation and Policy Analysis of Health Services
Advanced Topics in Health Policy and Management II
Principles of Human Diversity 2
Perspectives in Public Health
Social Structures and Inequality 2
Medical Sociology
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups
Research Methods and Data Analysis
Practical Methods for Secondary Data Analysis
GIS and Public Health Applications
Research Methods and Design for Exercise Science
Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
Theory-Driven Analysis 2
Health Services Research Methods II
Selected Topics in Demography
Total Credit Hours15

Taught with a focus on the social determinants of health.


with instructor permission.