Maternal and Child Health focuses on promoting and preserving the health of families. That includes mothers, children, and adolescents. Mothers and children have been among the most vulnerable populations, and addressing their needs requires expertise in theories of human growth and development, as well as social disparities.
This expert knowledge, combined with the skill areas of public health epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, management, and behavioral sciences, results in a Masters of Public Health degree that can be earned with a minimum of 47 semester credits. Resident and distance-learning options are available.
Student may also obtain joint degrees with law or social work.
MCH MPH Student Masters Projects. MCH MPH students give a brief public presentation of their final master’s papers. Abstracts of master’s projects submitted since September 2007 can be found here.
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MCH Epidemiology Emphasis Curriculum
Students admitted into the program also have the option of completing their M.P.H. in maternal and child health with an epidemiology emphasis. This emphasis was created to meet the increasing local, state, and national demands for MCH epidemiologists to allow students to develop quantitative expertise in MCH content areas. The MCH epidemiology emphasis at the University of Minnesota is found within the nationally renowned Division of Epidemiology and Community Health and thus has both the faculty and the courses to provide a superior program. Read epidemiology course list
Charles N. Oberg, MD, MPH
Dr. Oberg is the Maternal and Child Health Major Chair at the University of Minnesota. In 2006 he won the Leonard M. Schuman Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2005 won the Child Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Minnesota Chapter. His research interests are in Health Disparities, Childhood Poverty, and Health Care Access.