Educating the Next Generation of Public Health Professionals
for Maternal and Child Health (what is MCH? view the Prezi here)


The purpose of the MCH SPH programs is to improve the health status of women (including women of reproductive age), infants, children, youth, and their families. Administered within accredited schools of public health, these programs support the training of public health professionals for leadership in MCH through exposure to MCH competencies. Students are expected to exceed the established standards of proficiency in their fields of interest upon completion of their program.


The programs were initiated to help establish an MCH concentration within schools of public health.  The MCH School of Public Health programs were the first long term training programs funded by the Children’s Bureau—the forerunner of today’s MCHB—beginning in 1947. The program continues to support the development of a workforce that is knowledgeable about public health principles that focus on children and families.

All MCH training programs aim to promote comprehensive, coordinated, family centered, and culturally sensitive systems of health care that serve the diverse needs of all families within their communities.

Schools of Public Health

Schools of Public Health prepare students for careers in maternal and child public health practice, research, planning, policy development, and advocacy. Programs emphasize leadership training, applied research, and technical assistance to communities, states, and regions.  View the program descriptions for each SPH program to learn more.

SPH Graduate Attributes

  1. Demonstrate the attainment of MCH leadership competencies.
  2. Incorporate the public health principles of health promotion/disease prevention into professional activities.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of public and private systems of care.
  4. Demonstrate administrative management, and strategic planning.
  5. Participate in advocacy and legislative processes.
  6. Apply principles of coordinated, family-centered care to practice.
  7. Apply principles of culturally competent care to practice.
  8. Establish and maintain community based linkages.
  9. Apply interdisciplinary team skills.
  10. Demonstrate effective education and communication skills.
  11. Utilize information resources and technology.

The SPH Leadership Competencies and Outcome Measures were collaboratively developed and are used primarily to evaluate the leadership attributes of SPH training program graduates, although they are used for programmatic and faculty leadership evaluation as well.