|MCH Leadership: Curriculum|
Master's Degree in Maternal and Child Health: Curriculum
The curriculum for online master's degree students parallels the residential degree program in MCH. As part-time students, distance education students are expected to complete their degrees at a slower pace: 36 months for an online 50-credit MPH and 24-30 months for an online MSPH degree.
Online master's degree students form a new cohort each January at which point they enroll in two of the required MCH core courses - MHCH 701: Foundations of MCH - and the leadership seminar, MHCH 790: Fundamentals of Leadership in MCH. Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Leadership students will also enroll in this course of study; thus, a new community of learners will complete a 10-credit core curriculum in MCH over the Spring and Summer semesters annually.
MPH/MSPH degree seeking students will also take School of Public Health core courses (in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health), MCH methods courses and electives. Additional requirements for a degree in MCH are the field practicum, comprehensive exam, and master's paper. It is expected that online students will usually take two courses each semester, Fall and Spring, as well as during the Summer.
All course work can be completed online with the exception of one 4 ½ day session held on campus at UNC in early January. The 2012 session is scheduled for January 2-6th. The on-site visit is designed to orient online degree students to the MCH program, to develop an individualized plan of study with a faculty advisor, and to become familiar with program faculty, staff and peers. During this time, online students will also engage in a face-to-face leadership intensive workshop, a required component of MHCH 790.
Distance education students who chose to enroll in the Certificate in MCH Leadership prior to applying for the online degree program may do so. With successful completion of the MCH Certificate and admittance to the online master's degree program, the 10-credits obtained in the Certificate can be approved for transfer toward an MPH/MSPH in MCH. Students who have completed the Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts and/or other online graduate courses in public health prior to enrolling as a degree student should contact us to discuss whether these credits can be transferred. The Department is required to apply the policies of the UNC Graduate School in regard to approving transfer credit to online degree programs.
For additional information on the MPH and MSPH curriculum, please see Degrees and Certificates.
Certificate in Maternal and Child Health Leadership: Curriculum
MHCH 701-702: Foundations of Maternal and Child Health (8 credits)
This 8-month course introduces the major issues that affect the health and well-being of women during the reproductive years, and the health and well-being of infants, children and adolescents in domestic and international settings. Public health principles and approaches, including major policies, programs, and delivery systems used to address the needs of the MCH population, will be reviewed and critically assessed. Using a life cycle orientation, selected areas of MCH practice illustrate how programs, public policies and interventions are formulated. A variety of methods will be used to support the development of the foundational knowledge and skills needed to promote the health and development of women, children and their families in the U.S. and globally.
Learning Objectives for Foundations of Maternal and Child Health:
This course is designed to further students' understanding of leadership and of their leadership skills and style. As part of the face-to-face intensive workshop, students develop personal definitions of leadership and leadership development plans for the future. Students use several leadership assessments to understand various aspects of their leadership styles, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), FIRO B, and the Change Style Indicator. Additional leadership modules are conducted online throughout this semester-long Seminar course.
Learning Objectives for the On-site Leadership Intensive Workshop:
Learning Objectives for the Leadership Seminar:
|Last updated September 21, 2012|