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Maternal and Child Health (Graduate Certificate)

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 to obtain the appropriate applications.

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.

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
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is five semesters.

Application of Certificate Courses Towards Graduate Degree
See USF Transfer of Credit Policy.

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 to view current fees.

For Certificate Contact Information go to:

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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