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Certificate Programs

Maternal and Child Health


Sponsoring department
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of the core courses of the Maternal and Child Health Certificate, individuals will gain a broad understanding of the field that focuses on the health and welfare of women and children. Competencies addressed include the following: understanding of the biological, social, and behavioral basis for a MCH program; knowledge of the historical development of the field of MCH; knowledge of significant past and current national legislative mandates relative to MCH, including the structure and roles of legislative and administrative bodies at the national, state, and local levels; ability to define and describe the MCH population in a community; an understanding of the normal patterns of human growth and development; knowledge of the organization and financing of health systems in the U.S.; an understanding of the design, implementation, and evaluation of MCH programs domestically and internationally; and an ability to identify essential gaps in existing programs serving mothers and children.


The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University.

Admissions Process

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters and doctoral students are not required to submit a formal application through the Admissions Office.  They are, however, encouraged to contact a certificate faculty sponsor by e-mail in order to receive advice on selecting courses.  MPH students concentrating in Women's and Reproductive Health and Child and Adolescent Health should confer with a certificate faculty sponsor to ensure they take the appropriate courses to fulfill the certificate and concentration requirements.  The notification of completion form can be found here.

Course of Study
Every student will be required to complete the two required courses plus three additional courses which include a minimum of 10 units from the list of elective courses.  In order to gain maximum benefit from the certificate program, it is highly recommended, but not required that one course be selected from each of the three groupings:

Course No.

Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health411
380.624Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs4-2
Elective Courses   
Group A:   
221.627Issues in The Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries4-2
380.661Clinical Aspects of Maternal and Newborn Health3-3
380.662Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health4-2
380.664Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology4-4
380.765Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants and Children34-
Group B:
223.663Infectious Disease and Child Survival3-3
  - or -   
223.686Child and Public Health in the Tropics3-W,S
  - and -   
221.640Children in Crisis: An Asset-Based Approach to Working with Vulnerable Youth2-4
380.625Attitudes, Programs, and Policies for Children with Special Health Care Needs3-3
380.626Seminar in Child Health3-3
380.641Prenatal and Infant Growth and Development3-1
380.642Child Health and Development32-
380.744Nutrition and Growth in Maternal and Child Health21W
Group C:
380.623Adolescent Health and Development33-
380.721Schools and Health3-4
380.725The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development3-4
380.747 International Adolescent Health34-
380.720Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and Beyond2-2

Requirements for Successful Completion

1. Completed and approved MCH Certificate application (see Admissions Criteria above). 2. All courses taken for a letter grade and a 3.0 or better overall GPA is required; a grade of "B" or better is required for 380.604 and 380.624; and a 3.0 or better overall GPA is required. 3. Successful completion of the two required core courses (8 units) and at least three additional courses from the list above (10 additional units). Only courses listed are applicable for earning the MCH certificate. 4. Certificate requirements completed within three years.

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Name Cynthia Minkovitz
Phone 410-614-5106

Administrative Contact
Name Lauren Black
Phone (410) 614-6676

 Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.

Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published.  The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program. 

  1. The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doctoral students (including physicians completing residency or fellowship programs) who are interested in adolescent health.
  2. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms.  The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term.  Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval.  Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.