Maternal and Child Health Concentration

The Brown University School of Public Health has substantial strengths in Maternal and Child Health (MCH). This includes a vibrant core of interdisciplinary faculty focused on MCH issues from the prenatal period through adolescents. The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute was launched in 2016, presenting new opportunities for expanding MCH research and education programs at Brown. This is in addition to the existing School of Public Health research centers that include a focus on MCH issues. Beyond the strengths within the School of Public Health, active MCH collaborations extend to the Brown University affiliated hospitals, state government, local government, community organizations and industry.

Maternal and Child Health Concentration-Specific Competencies

In addition to the standard MPH Program Competencies, students in the MCH Concentration will meet the following:

  • Evaluate the extent of a maternal and child health problem in a defined population.
  • Create an inventory of current programs, initiatives, organizations, policies, websites or other potential assets in a defined community that do or could contribute to addressing a maternal and child health issue.
  • Develop recommendations of the most important interventions a defined community could undertake to become the healthiest place in the world for a specific maternal and child health issue.
  • Analyze policies related to adolescents or young adults and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Synthesize data from multiple studies on barriers to health and be able to concisely present this information.
  • Apply age-appropriate epidemiologic methods to study disorders and diseases during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, respectively.
  • Analyze epidemiologic studies of children, adolescents, and young adults in terms of the appropriateness of the study design, assessment of outcomes and exposures, analytic approach, and the authors’ interpretation of the results.
  • Synthesize data from multiple epidemiologic studies that are within a given topic area and be able to concisely present this information in both a written report and an oral presentation.
  • Critically evaluate epidemiologic research methods addressing reproductive or perinatal health issues

Maternal and Child Health Concentration Courses:

Complete all of the following maternal and child health courses:

  • PHP2023  Maternal and Child Health in the United States
  • PHP1950 Adolescent and Young Adult Health (Spring course, but not offered in Spring 2022)  
  • PHP1900  Epidemiology of Disorders and Diseases of Childhood and Young Adulthood
  • PHP2220F  Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

Select one of the following applied research methods courses:

  •  PHP2024 Engaged Scholarship for Maternal and Child Health  
  • PHP2030  Clinical Trials Methods
  • PHP2040  Survey Research Methods
  • PHP2060  Qualitative Methods
  • PHP2300  Behavioral Research Methods
  • PHP2415  Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Geol1320  Introduction to Geographic Info Systems for Environmental Applications
  • Soc2612  Geographic Info Systems and Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences

Sample Schedule MPH Maternal and Child Health Concentration - quantitative focus -Fall Epi 

Sample Schedule MPH Maternal and Child Health Concentration - qualitative focus - Spring Epi 


Maternal and Child Health Concentration Leads

Patrick M. Vivier, MD, PhD,
[email protected] (Student Contact)

Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
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