Center of Excellence


The UCB Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, formerly the Maternal Child Health Program, provides graduate-level training in maternal, child, and adolescent health research and practice.

UCB MCH has provided superior graduate training, continuing education, research and service since its founding in 1953. The program has over 1,200 alumni across the country and around the world. It is our mission to develop the next generation of leaders equipped to solve the health challenges facing women, children, adolescents and families of the 21st century.

As a CoE in MCH, the MCH Program’s multifaceted and interdisciplinary curriculum and dynamic learning environment are designed to respond to newly emerging issues in MCH and to the unique needs of the diverse communities and cultures of the San Francisco Bay area, State of California, and the world; and to inspire students to use their skills and expertise to achieve health equity for all.


As a Center of Excellence in MCH education, science, and practice, our three overall goals are:

• To provide the best education possible to develop graduates who are prepared to lead Title V and other MCH organizations and promote and protect the health status of diverse MCH populations.

• To prepare public health and health care professionals to be leaders in the field of MCH with a culturally competent, multidisciplinary, community oriented, ethical, and cost-effective vision of maternal, child and adolescent health, with the skills that can help solve the health challenges of the 21st century.

• To work closely with Title V and other MCH programs at the state, local, national, and global levels to mobilize large scale, synergistic efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities and barriers to health that affect MCH populations.

As a Center of Excellence (CoE in MCH), our objectives and activities are designed to:

• Prepare future leaders in the service of MCH populations across the state, nation and world;

• Recruit, train and mentor a diverse cadre of MCH students responsive to changing economic, political and demographic trends;

• Train students to identify how health equity, social determinants, and risk and protective factors contribute to health outcomes for women, children, adolescents, children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), and families; analyze data that support these observations; and design interventions to improve health outcomes;

• Develop, foster and sustain cultural and linguistic competence in MCH across all aspects of our academic curriculum, research, and programmatic activities;

• Conduct cutting-edge research that addresses priority needs of MCH populations, nationally and globally, and increases the evidence base for decision makers and practitioners; and

• Build strong partnerships with other MCH Training Programs and CoE, Title V stakeholders and MCH communities to advance and share knowledge and skills, strengthen professional networks, and provide technical assistance and continuing education in MCH.


One-year (11-month) MPH in Maternal and Child Health 

Two-year MPH in Maternal and Child Health

No online degree programs with a concentration in MCH are available at this time.