Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission to the Maternal and Child Health Graduate Certificate (MCHGC) program.
- Online application and $50 application fee
- College transcripts
- Personal statement
- Resume (work experience is valuable but not required)
- Three reference letters
- The GRE is not a requirement for admission to the MCHGC program.
While most students who apply to the MCHGC program are public health graduate students — specifically students completing the MPH degree due to the overlap in courses between the two programs — maternal and child health leaders come to the graduate certificate program from a variety of disciplinary areas, including but not limited to, pediatrics, nutrition, nursing, psychology, counseling, social work, family and self-advocacy. Leaders from these areas and other allied public health professions who want to build upon their expertise to reach this population through the acquisition of maternal and child health specific knowledge and skills are encouraged to apply. However, they will be required to complete the MPH foundational core courses that are prerequisite to and required within this MCHGC program, specifically:
- seven credit hours of MPH foundational core courses that are prerequisite and do not apply to the MCHGC (PHPH 7011/PHPH 7711 and PHPH 7017 courses), and
- six credit hours of MPH foundational core courses are required within and do apply to the MCHGC (PHPB 7140 and PHPB 7160 courses).
Because it is possible for most or even all MCHGC program courses to apply to the MPH program, depending on the student’s MPH concentration, students pursuing the MCHGC program often also apply to and concurrently complete the MPH degree program, though earning the two credentials concurrently is not required.
Because it is possible for some MCHGC program courses to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, students pursuing the MCHGC occasionally also apply to and concurrently complete the Graduate Certificate in Public Health program, though earning the two credentials concurrently is not required.
Some MCHGC program courses apply to the public health doctoral programs (Dr.P.H. and Ph.D.), depending on the student’s concentration and focus. Some doctoral students pursue the MCHGC while concurrently completing their doctoral-degree program, though concurrently earning the two credentials is not required.