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380.624.81 Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Elizabeth Harvey
Course Instructor:
  • Elizabeth Harvey

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Analyzes the structure, organization, administration and management of social and health service programs serving the maternal and child health populations. Lectures, discussions, and analysis of current research and practice present the goals and impact of national programs such as Title V MCH/CSHCN, Medicaid/CHIP, Head Start, Family Planning, WIC/Nutrition, community/migrant health centers, child welfare, and of privately sponsored programs.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Using a systems framework, identify how MCH service can influence the health of women, children, adolescents, and families
  2. Describe the structure of the health care system that provides services for women, children, and adolescents with a special focus on the public sector that serves those of low income in the United States and in developing countries
  3. Describe the body of United States federal legislation that mandates and provides funds for the delivery of services to women and children
  4. Apply strategies to influence the legislative, budget, and administrative processes at the federal, state, regional, and community levels
  5. Apply tools and strategies to manage MCH services and related programs
  6. Identify key issues related to the implementation and evaluation of maternal and child health policy and programs in the United States and abroad
  7. Construct administrative memos to convey information regarding maternal and child health
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on two individual Administrative Memo assignments, three written synthesis exercises, online discussions, and LiveTalk participation. Students should make every effort to attend each LiveTalk session; however, in the event that a student must miss a LiveTalk, participation points can be earned by listening to the full recorded LiveTalk session and posting in the corresponding LiveTalk Discussion Forum. Posts to the Discussion Forum should include commentary and/or questions that reflect the student's understanding of the the content covered in the LiveTalk.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required