The Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) program encompasses an epidemiology curriculum designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to conduct quantitative research in MCAH topics. The program provides a broad public health perspective with particular focus on MCAH epidemiology and leadership skills
The one-year MPH is designed for public health professionals who already hold an advanced degree (typically health professionals with experience in health services for MCAH populations including physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers, and psychologists) or are current medical students. Successful applicants typically have had significant responsibility for the development and implementation of programs, policies and/or initiatives addressing MCAH needs. Applicants must be engaged in or demonstrate a commitment to a population-based approach to health and an interest in applying a public health approach to programs, policies and systems of health care.
The one-year MPH is an intensive, full-time course of study running from July-May. The program requires completion of at least 16-18 units of coursework in the fall and spring semesters. A capstone research project is also completed by the student during the year and presented in the Spring.
The two-year MPH program is designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree who demonstrate great potential for leadership and have a keen interest in research, including quantitative data collection and analysis. Preference is given to individuals with paid and/or voluntary experience in MCAH at the local, state or federal level, and to those who are dedicated to the concerns and needs of diverse and underrepresented communities. Students accepted into this program typically have experience in conducting MCAH-related research; designing, evaluating or implementing an MCAH program, policy or initiative; and/or advocating for MCAH issues.
The 2 year curriculum is a full-time course of study, requiring a minimum of 48 units over four academic semesters, completion of a capstone research project, and an internship.