Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health - Maternal & Child Health

Maternal and Child Health

The purpose of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program is to strengthen the capacity of the public health work force to meet the diverse needs of MCH populations via accessible and customized public health education and training. The program is designed to enhance the core public health practice with an explicit focus on an MCH-specific professional identity.

The MCH concentration integrates skills from such fields as epidemiology, statistics, management, health promotion and evaluation. The MCH Concentration is designed to equip students with skills to professionally promote and enhance the health of women, children, and their communities on a local, state, federal and international level; while working in healthcare organizations, academic institutions, and in advocacy and other public and private organizations.

Course of Study

The Maternal and Child Health Concentration will require the completion of 12 credit hours: six (6) credit hours of required courses (PH 5301 and PH 5311) and six (6) credit hours of electives with maternal and child health content. Some of the concentration courses may also count as degree program major, minor, or breadth requirements.

Maternal and Child Health Concentration students in degree programs requiring participation in a practicum must have an experience that is relevant to maternal and child health. Students in the concentration completing a thesis or dissertation must select a topic relevant to maternal and child health. The faculty member representing the Maternal and Child Health Concentration will determine if the student has met the requirements of the concentration. Completion of the concentration is noted on the student’s transcript.

Required Courses, Maternal and Child Health Concentration

PH 5301 Maternal and Child Health Core Training Seminar I (Perinatal to Infant Health)
Waller, 3 credits, a

PH 5311 Maternal and Child Health Core Training Seminar II (Child/Adolescent to Women's Health)
Byrd-Williams, 3 credits, b

The Maternal and Child Health Core Training Seminar sessions will provide an opportunity for intensive instruction and discussion of topics specific to Maternal and Child Health as well as hands-on experiences in community-related projects. The scope of the MCH Core Training Seminar curriculum is centered on life span development, from perinatal/infant health to child/adolescent and women’s health. Students will receive instruction on utilizing data sources specific to maternal and child health, such as vital records and other routine data sources as well as hands-on experience in extracting data, analyzing data, and interpreting results.

Prerequisites: These courses are required for students enrolled in the MCH Concentration. Concentration Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in sequence; PH 5301 (fall), followed by PH 5311 (spring). However, students are allowed to enroll during any semester to accommodate schedules. There will be limited space available for non-Concentration Students interested in the MCH Core Training Seminar

Elective Courses, Maternal and Child Health Concentration

Electives for the Maternal and Child Health Concentration include, but are not limited to, the list below. Courses must be approved by the student’s maternal and child health advisor.*

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
PHM/PHD 1113 Advanced Methods for Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs (Intervention Mapping)
PHM/PHD 1116 Advanced Methods for Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs (Intervention Mapping)
PHM/PHD 1117 Advanced Methods for Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs (Intervention Mapping) - Part II
PHM 1120 Introduction to Program Evaluation
PH 1232 Public Health Nutrition Practice
PH 1237 Obesity, Nutrition & Physical Activity
PH 1238 Adolescent Sexual Health
PHD 1239 Theories of Child and Adolescent Development
PH 1250 Current Methods for the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections
PH 1350 Ethnicity, Race, Class & Gender: A Multicultural Public Health Perspective
PH 1424 Social Justice and Public Health
PH 1498 Child and Adolescent Health Promotion Practice and Research Seminar (Special Topics course)
PH 1498
Epidemiology and Health Promotion of Child and Adolescent Health (Special Topics course)
PH 1499 Disparities in America: Working Toward Social Change (Independent Study)

Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences
PH 2615
Epidemiology II
PH 2735 Physical Activity and Health: Epidemiology and Mechanisms
PH 2765 Pediatric Epidemiology
PHW 2775 Epidemiologic Methods in Racial and Ethnic Disparities
PH 2830 Clinical Genetics in Epidemiology
PHM/PHD 2845 Nutritional Epidemiology
PH 2998 Epidemiology and Health Promotion of Child and Adolescent Health (Special Topics course)
PH 2998 Vaccines & Immunization Programs (Special Topics course)

Management, Policy and Community Health
PHM 3630 Health Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation
PH 3800 Working with Diverse Communities
PHM/PHD 3810 Health Policy in the United States
PH 3818 Texas Health Policy: Emerging Issues and New Approaches
PHM/PHD 3922 Economic and Social Determinants of Health
PH 3998 Community Assessment Principles, Methods, and Technologies (Special Topics course)

Interdepartmental
PH 5101 Disparities in America: Working Toward Social Change
PH 5102 Health Disparities Core Seminar
PH 5401 Physical Activity and Public Health Practice
PH 5610 Global Health Overview

*Note. Availability of electives will vary each semester; students should consult the UTHealth School of Public Health semester course schedule. Electives can be approved by any MCH faculty member.

The UTHealth School of Public Health is offering a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Fellowship that will provide leadership development and a training component to students interested in a career path in MCH. Professionals from a wide range of health care backgrounds, such as, medicine, nursing, nutrition, public health and social work will gain the hands-on skill set needed to work as leaders in the MCH workforce.

Each academic year, two Fellows are selected to be a part of the MCH Fellowship beginning in the Fall semester.

NOTE: The MCH Fellowship is intended for MCH professionals looking to expand their expertise in the field and should not be considered a funded training for MCH faculty and other personnel.

Eligibility

The MCH Fellowship Program is currently available to any student at the UT School of Public Health who are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in the MCH concentration or the MCH certificate program. 

A fellow or trainee supported under this program must be a United States citizen, or, as an alien, must have been admitted to the United States with a permanent resident visa.

How to Apply

Students should complete the MCH Fellowship Application

  • Concurrent admission to either the MCH Certificate program OR the MCH Concentration  is required
  • Deadline for applications are announced each spring semester for admission to the MCH Fellowship program in the following year

Requirements

Complete a minimum of 16 credits including:
  • Three credit hours of the MCH Core Training Seminar
  • Two credit hours of the MCH  Fellowship Seminar
  • Six hours of electives selected from the list of approved MCH electives
Complete a MCH-related project/program practicum (per degree requirements):
  • Practicums serve as a mechanism allowing trainees to learn about MCH practice in local settings as it relates to infrastructure, populations, service delivery, evaluation, gaps and resources
Participate in required small group special technical assistance projects with HRSA Region VI Title V agencies and associated programs:
  • Fellowship trainees participate in one ongoing special project each year that is part of the MCH Core Training Seminar and results in specific reports to meet a current, significant need for each state Title V program each year
Participate in MCH Leadership Training:
  • Fellowship trainees will complete a Conductive Leadership Training Curriculum as part of the MCH Core Training Seminar

Financial Resources

In addition to the MCH experience gained as an MCH fellowship trainee, partial tuition support of $750 per semester is available for students selected for an MCH Training Fellowship.

Forms and Information

Practicum Opportunities

  • Please refer to the UTHealth SPH Practicum site for requirements regarding the practicum experience and for more available opportunities

Tuition and Fees

Program Leads

MCH Training Program:
mch@uth.tmc.edu 

Maternal and Child Health Concentration Faculty

Austin
Courtney E. Byrd-Williams, PhD*
Kelley Pettee Gabriel, PhD
Melissa Harrell, PhD, MPH
Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, CNS
Steven H. Kelder, PhD, MPH
Cheryl L. Perry, PhD
Andrew Springer, PhD
Alexandra E. van den Berg, PhD, MPH
Anna Wilkinson, PhD

Brownsville
Stefan A. Czerwinski, PhD
Belinda M. Reininger, DrPH

Dallas
Jennifer M. Gonzalez, PhD

El Paso
Louis D. Brown, PhD

Houston
Susan Tortolero Emery, PhD
Christine Markham, PhD
Laura Mitchell, PhD
Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH
Roberta Ness, MD, MPH
Melissa F. Peskin, PhD
Lisa Pompeii, PhD
Beatrice J. Selwyn, ScD
Shreela Sharma, PhD, RD, LD
Ross Shegog, PhD
Elaine Symanski, PhD
Kim Waller, PhD

*Faculty Concentration Coordinator