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Dr. Carol Hogue, Director, EPI
Dr. Silke Von Esenwein, Co-Director, HPM
Dr. Jessica Sales, Co-Director, BSHE
Dr. Aimee Webb-Girard, Co-Director, GH
Alexa Freedman, PhD student, EPI, TA
Members of MCH Certificate Cohort Three
◦ WHO: “Maternal health refers to the health of women during
pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. While
motherhood is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too
many women it is associated with suffering, ill-health and even
◦ Children represent the future, and ensuring their healthy growth
and development ought to be a prime concern of all societies.
Newborns are particularly vulnerable and children are vulnerable
to malnutrition and infectious diseases, many of which can be
effectively prevented or treated.
“WHO/RHR’s work is premised on the need to achieve access
to and quality of sexual and reproductive health, in order to
meet the needs of diverse populations, particularly the most
vulnerable. It is shaped around the five components of WHO’s
Global reproductive health strategy:
improving antenatal, perinatal, postpartum and newborn care;
providing high-quality services for family planning, including infertility
eliminating unsafe abortion;
combating sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, reproductive
tract infections, cervical cancer and other sexual and reproductive
health morbidities;
promoting sexual health.”
There is no agreed-upon definition. We use the
following approach:
 Maternal and Child Health professionals work to
reduce problems that are either
 unique to reproduction and life course development;
 more common in women, infants, children, or
 more serious in women, infants, children, or
 or have manifestations, risk factors, or interventions
that are different in women or during life course
Women’s Health (pregnancy, lactation)
Infant Health
Child Health
Adolescent and Young Adult Health
Women’s health (non-pregnant, non lactating)
Building on Emory’s strengths in methods and in-depth
instruction in the life course, MPH graduates with an
MCH Certificate will have mastery in at least one
methodological approach and one aspect of MCH life
course, as well as general grounding in the larger arena
of MCH.
 8-12
hours of course work:
• Foundations in MCH, spring year one (3
• Intro to Healthcare Management (2 credits)
• Quantitative or Qualitative Methods elective
• Life course elective
 A culminating experience on an MCH topic
• Additional course for HPM MPH students
practicum related to MCH
20 MCH students are chosen to represent the top
applicants from all departments
Syllabus includes overview lectures and assignments
Most of the coursework is incorporated into semesterlong team projects
Multi-disciplinary teams with 5 students per team
work with a designated faculty member and a
community-based MCH leader
• e.g., Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Southeast
Group projects for this course are community-based,
with extensive contact outside class in the community
and with the designated agencies for whom the project
teams are working.
Each team is comprised of students from each
discipline and meets weekly with their in-house faculty
advisory, the teaching assistant, and/or their field
faculty advisor.
Some projects are extended into more than one
semester (either to another group project or to a
practicum/thesis opportunity for MCH Certificate
PPSE needed to relocate the Administrative
Headquarters and the Downtown Atlanta
Health Center.
Students researched locations based on potential demand, access
to public transportation, etc., and prepared a written report to
PPSE’s senior management team and a 15 minute PowerPoint
presentation to the PPSE Board of Directors.
Using a mixed methods approach,
this group partnered with Dr.
Melissa Kottke, an Emory OB/GYN
and Medical Director of the Grady
Teen Health Clinic, to assess the
impact of a new intimate partner
violence screener they have
recently started using in the Teen
Clinic and the Family Planning
Clinic at Grady Hospital.
 Helms Prison is a medical / diagnostic prison in Atlanta
that provides care for ill inmates and pregnant women
 After delivery, newborns are placed with alternative
Curriculum for Childbirth Education Programming at
Helms Facility
Monitoring Database
Grant proposal to support research and programming
in prison-based childbirth education and childcare
A perinatal care hospital is one with labor and delivery services.
There are 84 perinatal care hospitals in Georgia. Each is selfdesignated as a Level I, II, III, or IV hospital. (Level I indicates the
least capacity to care for high-risk women and infants; Level IV
indicates the most capacity.)
Our students helped produce a survey that assigns an
appropriate perinatal capacity rating
Any first year student enrolled in the MPH or MSPH at
Rollins is eligible to apply.
Full time students must apply during September within
their first year. Part time students must apply before
completing 15 credit hours.
Applicants must be committed to the development and
promotion of the MCH field, as well as having
demonstrated leadership and team player capabilities.
Applications will be open beginning September 4
and will be due September 26, 2014 by 5pm.
 Application forms will be distributed by email and
also available on the MCH Certificate website.
 For more information, talk with an MCH faculty
member, your ADAP, and check the website:

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