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Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs

2nd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Sara Riese
Sara Riese

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. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems that provides services for women, children, and adolescents with a special focus on the public sector that serves low income populations in the United States and in developing countries
  2. Explain how historical forces, philosophy and values have shaped maternal and child health services
  3. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services as they relate to maternal and child health
  4. Assess the extent to which the policies and programs embedded in United States federal legislation promote the health of maternal and child health populations
  5. Apply strategies to influence the legislative, budget, and administrative processes at the federal, state, regional, and community levels
  6. Discuss multiple dimensions of policy design, implementation and evaluation of maternal and child health programs, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  7. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing maternal and child health outcomes
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