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Training in Maternal and Child Health

The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health is the locus for studies in maternal and child health (MCH) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).  As a recipient of a federal MCH Training Grant for over 50 continuous years, the Department prepares students for leadership careers in health promotion and disease prevention among populations of women, children, adolescents and their families. Tuition support is provided to graduate students (US citizens and permanent residents of the US) in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, demonstrating the Department’s commitment to fostering the next generation of leaders in MCH practice.  The training program is guided by a National Advisory Committee of experts in public health practice and research.

Current Research Interests and Activities of Faculty of the MCH Training Program

Faculty in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health work on a broad range of MCH topics, touching on a number of key areas of inquiry:

Maternal and Child Health Leadership Skills Development Series

An explicit goal of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s MCH Training Grant Program is to foster leadership development. The MCH Leadership Skills Development Series was created out of a documented need for more professional development opportunities for MCH practitioners, particularly in leadership and management skills (GR Alexander, C Chadwick, M Slay, et al. Maternal and Child Health Graduate and Continuing Education Needs: A National Assessment. Maternal and Child Health Journal 2002; 6:141-149).  The Series brings leadership concepts to life in an MCH context, allowing the user to conduct customized training sessions. 

The MCH Leadership Skills Development Series is a set of training modules designed for use in small groups. Each module offers a mix of presentation and exploration in different learning formats:

  • Video “mini-lecture” presenting key content and themes
  • Interactive group discussion questions and exercises
  • Case study with discussion prompts and hands-on exercises
  • Video clips from interviews with MCH leaders
  • Individual self-reflection exercises
  • Individual leadership development planning worksheet

Additional Resources

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OCW project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses. Click here for a list of OCW content of potential interest to state and community level governmental agencies and non-profit organizational partners in public health.

Certificate Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The certificate programs offered by the School in specific areas of public health have fewer course requirements than do formal degree programs. Certificate programs are focused academic training programs designed to appeal to students seeking targeted education in a specific area of public health. Educational objectives, admissions requirements, courses of study, and other information is provided for each certificate program. Some programs will appeal to students currently enrolled in Public Health degree programs, while others will appeal to non-degree students.



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