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The 15-Credit Maternal and Child Health Certificate is designed to provide the individual with a broad understanding of the field that focuses on the health and welfare of women and children.

Maternal and Child Health Certificate

The Certificate uses a life course perspective to address persistent and emerging issues pertaining to maternal and child health including training in the skills needed to identify health disparities and strategies for addressing them.

The Maternal and Child Health Certificate is Intended for:

  • Public health and other health professional students;
  • Those working in the maternal and child health field;
  • Those working in local and state departments of health; and
  • Those working in health care settings serving the MCH population.

Program Design

You can complete the Maternal and Child Health Certificate in two to three semesters, or you can plan a schedule for completing the courses over a two-year period (maximum timeframe). The late afternoon/evening schedule and online course offerings makes it convenient to continue working or gain experience while earning your Maternal and Child Health Certificate. The Certificate courses may also be applied toward a degree at the Rutgers School of Public Health depending on the degree program and concentration. Certificate holders must apply and be admitted to the degree program.

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Curriculum Requirements (15 credits)

  • PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy (3 cr.)
  • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • EPID 0607 - Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • UGPH 0560 - Foundations of Maternal and Child Health (3 cr.)
  • UGPH 0621 - Public Health and Health Disparities (3 cr.)*

*With permission from the Certificate Program Coordinator, students may substitute another MCH-related course.

Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health may transfer up to six (6) credits towards a certificate program if earned within the past seven years with a grade of B or better and are deemed appropriate by the respective Certificate Program Coordinator.


Tuition is governed by Rutgers University and is subject to change without notice. Confirm current Rutgers School of Public Health’s Tuition & Fees

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Completed an accredited undergraduate program in the U.S. or its equivalent;
  • Demonstrated academic achievement in an appropriate discipline; and
  • Academic credentials at least equivalent to those required for the MPH program.

Applicants must submit:

  • Application for admission;
  • Official transcripts of all prior work;
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • Letter of intent, including statement of purpose for application to the program;
  • Two (2) letters of Recommendation; and
  • Application fee.

International applicants must submit:

  • TOEFL scores and WES evaluations.