College of Public Health Catalog 2014/2015

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Maternal and Child Health (Graduate Certificate)

Description
The certificate in maternal and child health (MCH) is designed to provide specialized training in public health problems affecting infants, children, adolescents, and women of all ages. Required coursework is designed to overview the major health issues affecting MCH populations, develop methodological skills selected areas, such as data analysis, program planning and evaluation and research. Support courses allow students to focus some of their coursework in selected areas of MCH interest.

The certificate program has been developed for the following groups:

  • Public health practitioners
  • MPH students who desire focused graduate level training in MCH.

Course Location/Delivery
This Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Process
Call the Graduate Certificate Office at (813) 974-2442 or visit their website at http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/application-process.aspx to obtain the appropriate applications.

Prerequisites
Fifteen plus credit hours are required for completion of the Certificate. If students do not have a background in Maternal and Child Health a prerequisite course is required (HSC 4423 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health which is offered online every semester). This course will not count towards the certificate credit.

Requirements
Total program hours: 15 credit hours minimum

Required Courses (6 credits)

    • PHC 6530 Maternal and Child Health I (3 credits)
    • Public Health Methods (3 credits) such as:
      • PHC 6708 Evaluation Methods in Community Health (3)
      • PHC 6505 Program Planning in Community Health (3)
      • PHC 6197 Secondary Data Analysis in Maternal and Child Health (3)
      • PHC 6715 Research Foundations in Public Health (3)

MCH Electives (9-12 credits)
Selected with program advisor. Electives will be selected based on student’s experience and career goals/plans.  Some examples of elective courses include: Reproductive Health Trends and Issues; Maltreated Children and Their Families; and Children’s Mental Health Services.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Certificate programs should be completed within five (5) semesters.

Application of Certificate Courses Towards Graduate Degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Test Requirements
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required..

Registration Process
Follow the accepted procedure for graduate level courses.

Tuition and Fees
Fees parallel that of standard graduate level courses. Please visit the USF website at http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/cost-to-attend.aspx to view current fees.

Certificate Contact Information
Martha Coulter
(813) 974-7829
mcoulter@health.usf.edu

Kristi James
(813) 396-9103
kjames3@health.usf.edu

Graduate Certificates
(813) 974-4926
GradCerts@usf.edu

Special Notes

USF College of Public Health
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa Florida 33612-3805
Toll Free 888-USF-COPH (press 1 for Student Advising)

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