Maternal and Child Health


The certificate in maternal and child health (MCH) is designed to provide specialized training in public health problems affecting infants, children, adolescents, and women of all ages. Required coursework is designed to overview the major health issues affecting MCH populations, develop methodological skills selected areas, such as data analysis, program planning and evaluation and research. Support courses allow students to focus some of their coursework in selected areas of MCH interest.

The certificate program has been developed for the following groups:

Course location/delivery

This certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


Fifteen plus credit hours are required for completion of the Certificate. If students do not have a background in Maternal and Child Health a prerequisite course is required (HSC 4423 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health which is offered online every semester). This course will not count towards the certificate credit.


Required courses (6 credits)

PHC 6530   Maternal and Child Health I (3 credits)

Public Health Methods (3 credits) such as:


Elective courses (9-12 credits)

Selected with program advisor. Electives will be selected based on student's experience and career goals/plans.  Some examples of elective courses include: Reproductive Health Trends and Issues; Maltreated Children and Their Families; and Children's Mental Health Services.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is five semesters..

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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