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 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.

  • Grady Behavioral Outpatient Center in Atlanta, GA. Description: worked at Grady Outpatient Behavioral Health Center to examine severe mental illness (SMI) and sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adult female patients. I continued an ongoing project that was set up via the Introduction to Maternal and Child Health class, in which a team of students (including myself) conducted an analysis of SMI and STI prevalence using electronic medical records of current patients. For this practicum I continued this research by adding more variables to the raw data and performing various analyses to better characterize the context at the clinic. In addition I helped to pilot and administer a psychiatrist survey.
  • Jane Fonda Center (Emory School of Medicine) Act as a primary point of data collection for a clinic-based, dual-protection (prevention of STDs and unintended pregnancy) intervention for adolescent girls at Grady Hospital
  • Families First Health and Support Center: Families First Health & Support Center is a community health center that provides health and dental care and family services. I worked with the family programs to provide education and support to parents and young children ages one to three. I also assisted the prenatal program with their intake procedures, as well as with some data entry for their patient satisfaction surveys. Additionally, I provided education and support for patients to register for the clinic's online patient portal as a part of the health center's Patient-Centered Medical Home guidelines. Finally, I assisted the nursing/primary care department with patient outreach activities.
  • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Coalition of Georgia: I worked as a grant writer and managed HMHB’s social media presence.
  • New Jersey Department of Health (Family Health Services) through the National MCH Workforce Development Center Paired Practica Program.Location: Trenton, New Jersey. Our major project was to develop a statewide Zika Prevention Kit (ZPK) Distribution Plan for Pregnant Women in New Jersey. Our activities included determining the ZPK contents, identifying critical populations and sites for dissemination, developing education materials and resources for providers and pregnant women who would be receiving the kits, assembling the kits, as well as creating a tracking tool for the allocation and distribution of the ZPKs. The projects we have contributed to allowed for me to think critically about the intra- and inter-organizational partnerships needed to support MCH activities and how these directly impact the health of all NJ residents.
  • Motherhood Beyond Bars. Conducted child birth education, 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 prison. Participated in co coordinating organization activities
  • Health Resources and Service Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Workforce Development. Internship.
  • Food Well Alliance: Food Well Alliance is a branch of Atlanta Community Food Bank, and they provide fresh produce at subsidized rates to food deserts and impoverished communities. Here my work focused on lead contamination in community gardens, and how to mitigate exposure to children working in these gardens. 
  • Institute of Nutritional Research, Lima, Peru. Secondary data analysis of a baseline survey of maternal and child nutrition in rural Peru
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). To serve as formative research to inform the development of program activities including gender strategies, and nutrition and health programming by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and other project partners to address undernutrition in Northern Kenya.
  • IMA World Health, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In five of the 26 provinces of the DRC, IMA World Health operates its Projet d’Accès aux Soins de Santé Primaire (ASSP) [Access to Primary Health Care Project] to improve maternal and child health. ASSP communication team was piloting a new communication intervention called Movie Night. Movie Night consisted of videos about malaria, and segments addressing girls’ education and early marriage from the Girl Rising documentary. Overall goal of practicum project was to understand community attitudes and perceptions of Movie Night health messaging and media in order to provide information on any future film plots or needed modifications to be made prior to scale-up in other provinces that ASSP serves.
  • Graduation Generation: middle school math and reading programming incentivized by summer meal plan;Jubilee Monuments Corporation: summer camp for youths ages 6-13 with a curriculum grounded in positive youth development
  • A Qualitative Study Communication: A Staff Reflection on the Sanitation and Hygiene Needs of Women and Girls in Rural Cambodia. I am using the data collected from my summer practicum and am re-analyzing the data to focus on Communication under an Organizational Change Theory lens.
  • Under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Helena Ribeiro at the University of São Paulo, I conducted in-depth interviews with women between the ages of 18-45 living in São Paulo to assess their perceptions and knowledge about the virus, their perceived risk of contracting Zika, and assess if this will affect their attitudes and behavior towards family planning.
  • Stand for Vulnerable Organization (SVO) – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The Algae-Duckweek Innovation (ADI) project sought to empower local women through livestock livelihoods; entrepreneurship; and ongoing nutrition, health behavior, and WASH education. In my role, I worked to enrich the educational component of the project through a focus on curriculum development. This project was a trilateral partnership between Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and SVO.
  • mory Farmworker Project- created educational tool for volunteers at the 2016 Emory Farmworker Project in Valdosta and Bainbridge, GA. Educational tool addressed the issue of domestic violence, screening, and available resources for the female migrant farmworker population
  • University of Chile, Department of Midwifery and Obstetrics. I was a part of an Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) Team that partnered with the University of Chile, Midwifery and Neonatology Department. We conducted qualitative interviews with healthcare professionals of labor and delivery services to women in Chile at two sites: Santiago, Chile and Ancud, Chile.
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – a CGIAR research centre, part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future. It works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock
  • I completed my practicum at both Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc. (CAPN) in Atlanta, GA and The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in Washington D.C. CAPN is a nonprofit health care network that provides free care to medically underserved women and children. ONDCP is a federal agency addressing issues of drug supply reduction and demand reduction. It is a leader in the coordinated effort to address the opioid epidemic and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
  • This practicum was based at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Applied Research and Translation Team in Atlanta, Georgia. The primary goal of this team is to take research and translate it into evidence-based best practices to disseminate to various federal/state/local grantees/public health practitioners, as well as to the general public, to better inform strategies and interventions designed to curtail the incidence of heart disease and stroke. Within this role as an ORISE Fellow, I conducted research through systematic reviews to inform and create, with the goal of publishing once through CDC clearance, a factsheet on the implications of hypertension in pregnancy. This factsheet identified the significance of the issue along with ways to outline and develop effective interventions that are both culturally and linguistically appropriate to target the most disadvantaged priority populations and ultimately produce more promising, equitable health outcomes.
  • American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA). Health education and empowerment for children living in type 1 diabetes in the Dominican Republic.

Theses and Capstone Projects

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.


  • Black Women and Health Disparities in Reproductive Health Care: Using the Social Ecological Model to Determine the Barriers in Access to Abortion Services
  • Mommy Knows Breast: A Breast Feeding Program for Low-Income Black and African American Women
  • What will it do for my baby: Gain-framed vs. loss framed messaging for influenza vaccination in pregnancy minority women
  • The effect of Alaska Native status and other underlying risk factors for chromosomal anomalies in the Alaska population from 1996-2009
  • Comparing levels of overweight/obesity through body mass index (BMI) and levels of central obesity through waist-to-height ration (WHtR) in children aged 6-17 in the United States and India
  • The Association between General Health Status and Marital Status in Mothers of Reproductive Age with young children-A secondary data analysis of the 2009 California Health Interview Survey
  • Violence, Disability, and Health: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Health Risks Related to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Post-Conflict Liberia
  • The Influence of Proximity of Perinatal Services on Preterm Birth Rates in Rural Georgia, 1999-2009
  • Developing a community-based childcare model in the slums of Nairobi
  • Syphilis in Pregnancy and associate adverse outcomes: Global estimates and analysis of multinational antenatal surveillance data
  • HPM Capstone: Community Needs Assessment and Operations Research on building a Community Health Center in rural Southwest GA
  • Lincoln County Community Health Center
  • Neural tube defect/spina bifida prevention program for Hispanic women
  • Child Safety and Unintentional Injury Prevention Program for African-American mothers
  • Reducing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota by creating a program targeted toward women of reproductive age.
  • Examining characteristics of children with spina bifida in a clinic-based registry population and children with spina bifida in a population-based surveillance system
  • PRAMS data to assess the association of diabetes and preterm birth among American Indian/Alaska Native women compared to Non-Hispanic White women.
  • Effects of maternal and household consumption of Vitamin A rich food, food insecurity and diversity on vitamin A deficiency among pregnant women participating in the MAMA SASHA Cohort study of Vitamin A in Western Kenya. 
  • Innovative Feeding Bowl Project for Pregnant & Lactating Women and infant and young child nutrition for children 0-24months in Bihar, India.
  • Co-existence between anemia and low BMI among women of reproductive age in Vietnam
  • The Great Recession and American Fertility: Trends in fertility and pregnancy intention in 12 US States, 2000-2010
  • Coming up short: Women's empowerment and stunting in children 6 to 23 months in Sierra Leone.
  • A Behavioral Intervention for Women Recently Diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) at Grady Hospital
  • Reducing the Prevalence of Depression among Emory University Undergraduates: An Integrative Behavioral Model Approach
  • Environmental exposures to BPA and selected phthalates, measured in human follicular fluid as a determinant for in vitro fertilization success
  • Prevalence and Trends of Stressful Life Events among Pregnant Women 2000-2010
  • Safe Mothers, Safe Babies:  Incorporating community-based and facility-based approaches to improve maternal and perinatal health by reducing the Three Delays among rural populations in East Central Region, Uganda.
  • Reproductive desires of HIV-positive women in Atlanta. I am looking at qualitative data collected at the Ponce Clinic in Atlanta.
  • Assessing the Role of Providers' Vaccination Behaviors in Providing Routine Immunization in India
  • Perinatal Regionalization in Georgia: How are we Performing?
  • The Sweet Life of America’s Teens: An analysis of NHANES data to determine where the sugar-containing foods and beverages are purchased by US adolescents in 2011-2012.
  • Effects of an Integrated Agriculture and Prenatal Care Nutrition Program on Vitamin A Intake and Blood Levels of Pregnant and Lactating Women and Their Infants
  • Understanding intimate partner violence, HIV, and community based resources through a spatial lens among women in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Gynecologist decision-making and attitudes towards legal abortions in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Physician Option Towards Legal Abortion in Bogotá, Colombia: Barriers and Facilitators
  • A Rights-Based Approach to Women’s Food and Nutrition Security in Bihar, India.
  • An Analysis of Barriers to Legal Abortion Access Experienced by Women in Bogotá, Colombia
  • The Impact of Women’s Empowerment on Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • Understanding the Sociocultural Influences on Pregnancy among Kaqchikel Adolescents in Sololá, Guatemala
  • Associations Between Abuse, Attachment and Mental Health Outcomes Among Detained African American Adolescent Girls”
  • Contraceptive Prevalence By Religious Affiliation Among Women who have had a Previous Abortion
  • Quality of Abortion Care in Bogota, Colombia
  • Nursing perspectives on quality of care of abortion in Bogota, Colombia.
  • The association between biomarkers and psychosocial measures of discrimination-related stress among pregnant African-American women
  • Health Effects of Perfluorinated Compounds
  • Comparison of the psychometric properties of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BASC-2 BESS)
  • Monitoring barriers to and opportunities for the increased adoption of infant and young child feeding practices that improve dietary diversification in Ntchisi District, Malawi
  • Addressing patient and psychiatrist misconceptions about sexual health for women with serious mental illnesses
  • Evaluating Menstrual Hygiene Facilities in Schools Serving Informal Settlements in Nairobi
  • Barriers to Care and Emic Understandings of maternal, infant, and early childhood health in the East Central Region of Uganda
  • Making Mothers for the Future: Piloting a parenting curriculum for mothers who are sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • The cultural and social factors contributing to maternal mortality among the Soliga women.
  • The Effect of Total Fertility and Unmet Need on Women's Empowerment in Minya, Egypt
  • Results Based Financing for Maternal and Child Health in South
  • Barriers and Facilitators to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care to Female Patients with SMI in an Outpatient Setting
  • Impact on Expansion in Newborn Screening on Hospital Performance and Provider Perceptions in Georgia.
  • The PLAY Program (Providing Linkages and Activities for Youth): A program proposal for children and families experiencing homelessness
  • Interventions targeted at increasing awareness, acceptability and uptake of cervical cancer prevention among women in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Developing Dynamic Models of the Human Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis for Risk Assessment of Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals EDC.
  • The co-occurrence of anemia and stunting in young children.
  • Women’s Empowerment and its Influences on Child Nutrition in the Context of Livestock Based Livelihoods.
  • Sub-Saharan African youth social representations of mother-to-child-transmission/prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV/AIDS.
  • Mental Disorder Prevention in Syrian Refugees in Clarkston, Georgia
  • Assessing women’s attitudes towards family planning amidst the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. 
  • Women’s Empowerment and Prenatal Mental Health in Qatar.
  • Design a Federally Qualified Health Center to meet the MCH health needs of the low income population in Henry County, GA
  • Maternal and Child Health Population in Italy: A curriculum for Emory University students in the 2017 Bioethics in Italy Summer Studies Program.
  • Women’s Empowerment, Maternal and Child Nutrition in the Context of Livestock-focused Livelihood Interventions.


  • Statewide Newborn Screening for Adrenoleukodystrophy. My capstone project was a policy analysis on West Virginia’s addition of X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) to the state newborn screening panel.
  • Capstone – a policy analysis (or quantitative prediction) of the effect of employer-based contraceptive coverage on employer-incurred costs and the rates of unintended pregnancies and abortions in the United States.
  • Operations Management Capstone HPM 550. Capstone project on developing operational plan for a FQHC in Georgia. FQHC targets female residents of reproductive age in rural areas of Troup County, GA.
  • Increasing breastfeeding rates among African American women in Mississippi.
  • Community Needs Assessment and Operations Research on building a Community Health Center in rural Southwest GA


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 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