The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) certificate program equips students with foundational knowledge, skills, and practical experiences for maternal and child health-related careers. The MCH certificate is a 20-credit program that can be completed in one academic year and draws on interdisciplinary collaborations between the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Child Development and Family Science.
MCH Certificate Students are admitted in the Spring term, to begin their curriculum over the Summer quarter. Interested students should contact Dr. Tishra Beeson Tishra.Beeson@cwu.edu or Dr. Amy Claridge Amy.Claridge@cwu.edu for application materials.
MCH Certificate students must complete the requirements for the certificate with a 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the coursework. Students will also participate in co-curricular touchpoints, including but not limited to interprofessional learning exercises, peer mentoring, research presentations, guest speakers, and other relevant activities.
A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the MCH certificate.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Describe the historical, theoretical, structural and epidemiological drivers of maternal and child health issues in the U.S. and globally
- Identify social and other determinants of health, and describe how these factors intersect at multiple levels.
- Analyze program and policy interventions designed to improve MCH outcomes
- Apply an equity lens to identify and address disparities among rural, low-resource, and other underserved communities through culturally-appropriate approaches
- Apply strong written and verbal communication across diverse individual and community-level audiences
- Describe the roles, responsibilities, and scope of practice of various professions involved in serving MCH populations
- Articulate the role of ethical decisions, collaborative partnerships, and leadership values for effective professional practice