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Certificate Programs

Maternal and Child Health

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

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.  The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.  

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits.  All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all Certificate courses is required.  The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years. 

The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completing all of the certificate requirements.  The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted and verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.  

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.  

Course No.

Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking another online courses

550.860Academic & Research Ethics01,2,3,4,Summer-
Required Courses (8 credits)   
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health411
380.624Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs4-2
Elective Courses: Students must take 10 total elective credits.  It is highly recommended but not required that one course be elected from each of the three groupings
Group A: 
221.627Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and 4-2
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-
330.646Autism Spectrum Disorders in Public Health2-SI
Group B: 
223.663Infectious Disease and Child Survival3-3
 - OR -3-4
223.686Child and Public Health in the Tropics3-WI, SI
 - 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 Health21-
380.623Adolescent Health and Development33-
380.721Schools and Health2-4
380.725The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development3-4
380.747International Adolescent Health34-
380.720Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and Beyond2-2

WI = Course is offered in the Winter Institute held in January in Baltimore/Washington DC

SI = Course is offered in the Summer Institute in Baltimore

Sponsoring department

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

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.