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.

Become a Student

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 mch@emory.edu for additional information.

MCH Competencies

Certificate Curriculum

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

Practicum Experiences

Practicum Experiences

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

Project Description:

  • 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

Project Description:

  • 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

Project Description:

  • 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

Project Description:

  • 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)

Project Description:

  • 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

Fellowships

MPH Students

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 mch@emory.edu for additional information.

Important Dates

The application deadlines for the 2019-2021 cohort are as follows:

  • MCH Fellowship: February 1, 2019 
  • MCH Certificate: March 1, 2019