Core Courses

The following courses are required for both the one- and two-year MPH in MCAH. In addition to these courses, the degree requires completion of the SPH breadth requirements; one course in the area of assessment, planning and evaluation; and one course in the area of methods of measurement & analysis.  Information about MCAH elective offerings can be found in the student handbook and the Berkeley course catalog.

Foundations of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Policy, Practice and Science

This course will explore issues related to maternal, child, and adolescent health throughout the life course with a focus on the social determinants of health, health disparities, and social justice.  Discussion will focus on current issues central to maternal and child health policy and practice; the history and organization of MCH health services in the US; and analyze the ways in which the political context in the US and internationally affects the health and well-being of families, including critical examination of the ways in which knowledge about an issue, an understanding of the social strategies to address that issue, and political will are all leveraged to influence the creation of MCH policy.

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Journal Club

Discussion and analysis of peer reviewed research articles in the field of Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH), as well as of conceptual and methodological problems in planning and conducting health research.

Practicum in MCH Data Analysis I & II

The course is designed to support MCH students working on their Master’s Capstone project. The course goal is to support students in a variety of methodological issues and practical issues. The course is a combination of formal class meetings and one-on-one meetings.  Part I (required) is offered in the Fall and Part II is offered in Spring.

Foundations of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Leadership

This course introduces students to theories and concepts of leadership and explores ways of applying these to maternal and child health issues. This course provides opportunities for students to develop skills and resources for further developing their own leadership. The skills taught in this course will prepare students to “provide and promote coordinated, comprehensive, culturally competent care, programs, and policies for diverse MCH populations.”