College of Public Health students graduating

Certificate in Maternal & Child Health

Graduate School Certificate Application

Certificate Contact
Wayne Sanderson, PhD, MS
Department of Epidemiology

Certificate Coordinator
Andrea Perkins
Certificate Coordinator
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue; Suite 204A
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 218-2021


The goal of the UK CPH Graduate Certificate in Maternal & Child Health is to prepare public health workers to address multi-factorial Maternal and Child Health (MCH) issues in their communities with a sense of purpose and moral commitment.


1.    To provide participants with theoretical, practical, and relevant educational experiences in MCH to enhance the health and welfare of children, mothers and families using the life course approach.

2.   To use population data to assist in determining the needs of MCH populations for the purposes of designing programs, formulating policy and conducting research or training.

3.   To describe health disparities within MCH populations, offer strategies to address them and respond appropriately to needs based on sensitivity to and respect for diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status.  

4.   Demonstrate the use of a systems approach to explain the interactions among individuals, groups, organizations and communities to improve health outcomes of MCH populations.


Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health must be approved for admission by the Certificate Director, who shall notify the Graduate School in writing of the student’s admission.

Admission to or award of a graduate Certificate does not guarantee admission to a degree program in the same or any other discipline.

Application Process

Following Graduate School deadlines, all application materials must be received at least one month before the semester you plan to begin your coursework. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be submitted.

Pre-approved Certificate courses that have already been completed may count towards the curriculum requirements. (This does not include practicum or research projects). Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.

Students must apply to the UK Graduate School.  Graduate School application deadlines and forms may be obtained through their website at:

When completing the Graduate School application, please answer the following essay questions in your personal statement:

  • Describe any work experience relevant to Maternal and Child Health
  • Briefly describe (a) your reason(s) for interest in the Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health, (b) your career goals in relation to Maternal and Child Health, and (c) the specific topic in Maternal and Child Health in which you are most interested

Official transcripts
Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.

Letters of Reference
The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department.

Two-page essay
on why the individual needs and desires a MCH Graduate Certificate.

One-page biography
which includes the student’s educational and work experience, as an aid to the admission decision.

Questions about the application process?
Call Andrea Perkins at 859-218-2021

The MCH Graduate Certificate curriculum involves a total of 15 graduate credit hours including 6 hours of required courses.

*The MCH Certificate has recently made changes to the required and elective courses.  The new requirements are in effect for those students who apply to the certificate beginning in Fall 2014*

Required Courses:
CPH 740 – Introduction to Maternal and Child Health (3 hrs)
CPH 714 – MCH Info and Data Systems (3 hrs)

Elective Courses:
CPH 610 – Injury Epidemiology and Control (3 hrs)
CPH 640 – Women's Health (3 hrs)
CPH 641 – Public Health and Anthropology (3 hrs)
CPH 645 – Food Systems and Malnutrition and Public Health (3 hrs)
CPH 648 – Health and Culture (3 hrs)
CPH 653 – Public Health Law and Policy (3 hrs)
CPH 715 –​ Perinatal Epidemiology (3 hrs)
CPH 751 – Introduction to Global Public Health (3 hrs)
CPH 754 – Health Care Access and Coverage (3 hrs)
CNU 502 – Obesity: Cell to Community (2 hrs)
FAM 502 – Families and Children Under Stress (3 hrs)
NFS 516 – Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 hrs)

MCH Graduate Certificate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better to progress in the curriculum

All course work for the MCH Graduate Certificate must be completed within 5 years of admission.

With the exception of CPH 740 – Introduction to Maternal and Child Health, courses and credit hours that satisfy the MCH Graduate Certificate can be used to jointly satisfy degree credit hours for a degree (i.e., MPH, DrPH) and Graduate Certificate. Students enrolled in the MCH Graduate Certificate Program may not use the MCH-required Certificate Course, CPH 740 – Introduction to Maternal and Child Health for credit in any other degree program in the College of Public Health.