MCH Certificate Program
Students enrolled part-time and full-time in a degree-seeking MPH/MSPH program at Rollins are invited to apply for enrollment in the Maternal and Child Health Certificate (MCHC) Program. This is a rigorous and competitive certificate program intended for students who are committed to the development and promotion of the MCH field. Prospective students may indicate an interest in the MCH Certificate program on their SOPHAS application.
Application to the Certificate
The RSPH Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Certificate program is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2021 cohort.
This is a rigorous and competitive certificate program intended for students who are committed to the development and promotion of the MCH field. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership and team player capabilities. Prospective MPH/MSPH students with an interest in Maternal and Child Health from all RSPH departments are eligible to apply. Information about the program and the certificate requirements are available on this page under certificate curriculum.
To apply, indicate your interest on your SOPHAS application located on the program materials page under the questions tab and complete the supplemental application found here. Applications for the MCH Certificate program must be submitted by March 1, 2019. Students will be notified about certificate admission in late March. Please note that admissions communication for your degree program and the MCH Certificate will be sent separately.
If you have questions about the MCH Certificate program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Competencies
Specific competencies MCH certificate students will achieve include:
MCH Knowledge Base/Context
- Use data to identify issues related to the health status of a particular MCH population group, describe health disparities within MCH populations, and offer strategies to address them.
- Demonstrate the use of a systems approach to explain the interactions among individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Use self-reflection techniques effectively to enhance program development, scholarship, and interpersonal relationships, recognizing that personal attitudes, beliefs, and experiences (successes and failures) influence a person's leadership style.
Ethics & Professionalism
- Identify ethical dilemmas and issues that affect MCH population groups.
- Describe the ethical implications of health disparities within MCH populations with an awareness of ethical issues in patient care, human-subjects research, and public health theory and practice.
- Initiate and act as a catalyst for the discussion of these dilemmas and issues.
- Identify practices and policies that are not evidence-based but are of sufficient promise that they can be used in situations where actions are needed.
- Use population data to assist in determining the needs of a population for the purposes of designing programs, formulating policy, etc.
- Formulate a focused and important practice, research, or policy question.
- Share thoughts, ideas, and feelings effectively in discussions, meetings, and presentations with diverse individuals and groups.
- Write clearly and effectively to express information about issues and services that affect MCH population groups.
- Understand nonverbal communication cues in self and others. Listen attentively and actively.
Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
- Apply strategies and techniques of effective negotiation and evaluate the impact of personal communication and negotiation style on outcomes, demonstrating the ability to manage conflict in a constructive manner.
- Conduct personal self-assessments regarding cultural competence, assessing strengths of individuals and communities and responding appropriately to their needs based on sensitivity to and respect for their diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status.
- Describe strategies to assure culturally-sensitive public health and health service delivery systems, integrating cultural competency into programs, research, scholarship, and policies.
- Operationalize the family-centered care philosophical constructs and use these constructs to critique and strengthen practices, programs, or policies that affect MCH population groups.
- Describe how family perspectives play a pivotal role in MCH research, clinical practice, programs, or policy.
- Recognize and create learning opportunities for others.
- Participate in a mutually beneficial mentoring relationship.
Interdisciplinary Team Building
- Identify strengths of team members appropriate to a given task, and facilitate group processes for team-based decisions valuing and honoring diverse perspectives.
Working with Communities and Systems
- Participate in basic strategic planning processes such as developing a mission, vision, strategic goals, and activities, identifying community stakeholders and their level of engagement in the collaboration process.
Policy and Advocacy
- Understand the roles and relationships of groups involved in the public policy development and implementation process, including the branches of government.
- Analyze the potential impact of policies on diverse population groups.
- Use data, levels of evidence, and evaluative criteria in proposing policy change.
- Frame problems based on key data, including economic, political, and social trends that affect the MCH population.
The MCH Certificate includes coursework, a practicum related to MCH, and a 3-4-credit culminating experience on an MCH topic.
A comprehensive description of the curriculum can be found here.
Students enrolled in the MCH Certificate Program are required to complete an MCH-related practicum experience. Below are some of the practicum experiences that students enrolled in the MCH Certificate Program have completed. A more comprehensive list can be found here.
Organization: Motherhood Beyond Bars
Location: Atlanta, GA
- Conducted child birth education and social support through group discussions to pregnant women at Helms Prison under the Georgia Department of Corrections
- Reviewed curriculum used for the postpartum education at Lee Arrendale State Prison
Organization: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
- Inform the development of program activities including gender strategies and nutrition and health programming
- Worked to improve food security and reduce poverty and undernutrition through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock
Organization: Families First Health and Support Center
Location: Seabrook, NH
- Provided education and support to parents and young children ages 1-3
- Assisted the prenatal program with intake procedures and data entry for patient satisfaction surveys
- Provided education and support for patients to register for the clinic's Patient-Centered Medical Home guidelines online patient portal
- Assisted the nursing/primary care department with patient outreach activities.
Organization: Emory Farmworker Project
Location: Valdosta, GA; Bainbridge, GA
- Created educational tools that addressed domestic violence, screening, and available resources for the female migrant farmworker population
Organization: IMA World Health
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- IMA World Health operates its Projet d’Accès aux Soins de Santé Primaire (ASSP) [Access to Primary Health Care Project]
- Understand community attitudes and perceptions of Movie Night health messaging and media in order to provide information on future film plots or needed modifications to be made prior to scale-up in other provinces that ASSP serves
- Movie Night consisted of videos about malaria, girls’ education, and early marriage
Theses and Capstone Projects
Students enrolled in the MCH Certificate Program are required to complete an MCH-related culminating experience. Below are some of the theses and capstone projects that students enrolled in the MCH Certificate Program have completed. A more comprehesive list can be found here.
Pregnancy and Perinatal Health
- The Influence of Changing Social Norms on Qatari Women’s Perceptions of Gender and Empowerment During Pregnancy
- Syphilis in Pregnancy and Associate Adverse Outcomes: Global Estimates and Analysis of Multinational Antenatal Surveillance Data
- Body Mass Index and Waist-to-Height Ratio in Children Ages 6-17: A Comparison of the United States and India
- Examining Characteristics of Children with Spina Bifida in a Population-based Surveillance System and a Clinic-based Patient Registry
- “Now I am a mother…and I feel like a mother and I’m not a girl anymore”: Pathways to Early Motherhood among Kaqchikel Young Women in Sololá, Guatemala
- Sugars in the U.S. Diet: A Description of Consumption Patterns by Type and Purchasing Practices of Adolescent Consumers
The Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health offers a limited number of fellowships each year to students interested in completing the Maternal and Child Health Certificate from historically disadvantaged backgrounds—which includes African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders. In order to be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must be from a historically disadvantaged background, a US citizens or permanent residents, and enrolled in a master's program at RSPH.
Fellowship Recipients Receive:
- A $15,400 scholarship for their first year
- A $15,400 scholarship for their second year (contingent upon the renewal of the grant that supports this program)
- Up to $2,500 per semester REAL award for an MCH-related position
- $2,000 in practicum assistance
If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying, indicate your interest to the MCH Certificate program on your SOPHAS application located on the program materials page under the questions tab and complete the supplemental application found here by February 1, 2019. Fellowship decision notifications will be sent in late February.
Doctoral Students in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Health Policy and Management, and Nutrition and Health Sciences
The Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health annually offers one year of stipend support for a student enrolled in a doctoral program in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Health Policy and Management, or Nutrition and Health Sciences. To be eligible for these awards, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents specializing in MCH in a doctoral program in one of the above departments. Preference will be given to students belonging to underrepresented minorities.
Doctoral fellows receive a stipend for one year and travel to the Southeast MCH Scholar Collaborative meeting. Tuition, fees, and health insurance will also be covered by the Laney Graduate School and/or the Center.
Doctoral fellows are required to enroll in two courses at some point during their course of study. Course descriptions are available in the RSPH Catalogue.
- BSHE/EPI/GH/HMP 596: Foundations in Maternal and Child Health (Spring)
- EPI 508: Maternal and Child Health Leadership Collaborative Seminar (Fall)
If you have questions about the fellowship programs, contact email@example.com for additional information.
The application deadlines for the 2019-2021 cohort are as follows:
- MCH Fellowship: February 1, 2019
- MCH Certificate: March 1, 2019