Master’s in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (One-year MPH)

Our one-year program is designed for public health professionals who already hold an  advanced degree (typically health professionals with experience in health services for maternal, child and adolescent populations including physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers and psychologists) or are current medical students.

By the end of their studies, our graduates are able to:

  • Discuss the major health and social problems facing maternal, child and adolescent populations from demographic, health, social, political and community perspectives, as well as the scientific basis for these concerns and strategies to address them.
  • Describe the historical roots and current structure of maternal, child and adolescent health services in the United States, including Title V legislation and be able to discuss the core values and strategic objectives that necessitate a special focus on these populations to promote equity in health care.
  • Identify the major sources of information related to these populations, assess their strengths and limitations, and use population data to assist in determining the needs of a population for the purposes of designing programs, formulating policy, and conducting research or training.
  • Learn basic principles and applications of quantitative research and epidemiology for addressing problems and demonstrate expertise in these skills by completing a capstone research project

Curriculum

Our program is a quantitative, research-based program. The required coursework and capstone project are designed to ensure our students gain the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to comprehensively understand and conduct epidemiologic research. Students may choose to take electives in qualitative methods.

The curriculum is offered to health professionals with experience in health services for women, children and families (physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other masters-level professionals). It is an intensive, full-time course of study running from July to May. The program requires completion of at least 16-18 units of coursework in the fall and spring semesters and a total of 42 units.

Core Courses

  • PBHLTH 210: Foundations of MCH Policy, Practice and Science
  • PBHTLH 210J: Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Journal Club
  • PBHLTH 210E: Practicum in MCH Data Analysis I
  • PBHLTH 210F: Practicum in MCH Data Analysis II

Students begin the program by completing two breadth course requirements over the summer and completing the remaining courses in their fall semester. In addition, students are required to complete an additional biostatistics course and one programmatic course.

Capstone Research Project

As part of the requirement, students must complete a quantitative capstone research project. This project consists of a written and an oral component and is considered to be the comprehensive examination for students. Students enroll in seminars designed to support them in the capstone process.

Careers

Graduates of our program become leaders at the local, national and global level. We have alumni working in almost every state, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. We also have alumni working across the globe in dozens of countries across six continents. Approximately 83% of our alumni continue to work in maternal, child and adolescent health; and 88% specifically address issues related to underserved or vulnerable populations (e.g., immigrant populations). Our alumni also work across a variety of public health sectors. Approximately 33% work in clinical health care settings (e.g., hospitals or health clinics), 28% in academic settings, 28% in private or non-profit settings, and 5% work in government agencies.*

*Data based on a sample of 2008, 2013 and 2016 graduates surveyed in 2018.

Admissions

Successful applicants need to meet both Berkeley Public Health’s general graduate admissions requirements and our program admissions requirements, including the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA). The admissions committee may occasionally consider applicants who do not meet this requirement if other measures of performance are particularly strong.
  • Have completed at least one college-level mathematics or statistics course with at least a grade of B or equivalent, reflected on an official transcript.
  • Have a minimum of two years of post-baccalaureate work experience. Work experience in the maternal, child and adolescent field or public health sectors is preferred, but not required. The admissions committee may occasionally consider applicants who do not meet this requirement if other measures of performance, such as research experience, are particularly strong.
  • Possess work and research interests and aspirations in the maternal, child and adolescent areas of public health and epidemiology.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential.
  • Demonstrate academic and professional capability to study at the graduate level in a quantitatively focused program.

Admissions Statistics

Based on data from 2017-2019

64% Admissions Ratio
3.6 Average GPA of admitted applicants
75% Average Verbal GRE scores of admitted applicants
55% Average Quantitative GRE scores of admitted applicants
80% Average Analytical GRE scores of admitted applicants

Funding for Admitted Students

Our program can provide some financial support to admitted and enrolled students in a variety of ways. Almost all funding provided is through our Center of Excellence in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH), which is a funded training center through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

  • Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for financial support from our Center of Excellence in MCAH and efforts are made to support all students in need for at least one semester during their time in the program.
  • Admitted students who would like to participate in Spring Visit Day but need financial assistance to attend can contact the program manager to see if funding is available for travel support.
  • A limited number of traineeships are awarded to students annually. Traineeships are small financial awards that typically cover a portion of tuition and fees for the semester. These awards are based on faculty review and student applications, so we recommend making applications as strong as possible.
  • The program also provides some financial support for summer internships. Students are asked to submit an application if they are requesting financial support for a summer placement.
  • The program also supports students through Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) and Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) positions. The availability of these positions are not guaranteed each semester.
  • Lastly, students may be eligible for GSI or GSR positions through our affiliated research centers.

Note: Students in the one-year program are typically unable to work due to the academic demands of the program.

Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Emeriti Faculty