Maternal and Child Health courses offered

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MCH Fall Course List

Fall 2016

MCH Spring Course List

Spring 2017

Official course descriptions taken from the UNC Graduate Record are below.

Additional courses may be added on a semester basis at discretion of the department. See UNC Registrar’s site for courses by semester.

Titles link to the syllabus for that course. Please note that some syllabi are for past semesters, so dates will not apply to future semesters.


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MHCH 611 Nutrition of Children and Mothers
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Holliday | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/NUTR-611-Fall-2016.pdf

Prerequisite, NUTR 400. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Biologic bases for nutrient requirements and dietary recommendations as they vary throughout the life cycle. Covers the nutritional needs of women during childbearing years, infants, children, and adolescents.

MHCH 665 Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Semesters Offered: Fall | 1 Credit Hour | Instructor(s): Rowley | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/08/MHCH-690-Fall2016-final.pdf
MHCH 680 Global Sexual and Reproductive Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Cilenti | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-680.pdf
This course is global.

Featuring international experts from UNC-Chapel Hill and Triangle-based nongovernmental organizations, this course will offer a series of lectures, panel discussions, and debates to inform students’ critical thinking on key public health issues in global sexual and reproductive health.

MHCH 685 Human Sexuality
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Halpern | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/04/MHCH685_Syllabus_Spring2016.pdf

Through lectures and panel discussions this course will use a life span framework to examine selected aspects of sexual development, including perspectives on sexuality; the physical self; sexual attraction, behavior, and relationships; and the implications of these factors for physical and mental health. No prerequisites; all students are welcome.

MHCH 700 MHCH Planning and Evaluation
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Roth | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/MHCH-700-Final-Syllabus_Fall-2016.doc
This course is global.

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Limited to residential students in public health. This course will familiarize students with basic concepts and methodologies required for effective public health program planning and evaluation in a variety of settings, both domestic and global. The majority of this course is taught online.

MHCH 701 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 4 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Margolis | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/MHCH701fall2016.pdf

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. This course introduces the major issues affecting the health and well-being of women during the reproductive years, infants, children, and adolescents in domestic and international settings. First semester of a two-semester course.

MHCH 702 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 4 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Ringel-Kulka | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-702.pdf

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. This course introduces the major issues affecting the health and well-being of women during the reproductive years, infants, children, and adolescents in domestic and international settings. First semester of a two-semester course.

MHCH 713 Research Methods in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Hussey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/10/Syllabus-MHCH-713_08_31_16.pdf

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. The art and science of MCH research, with an emphasis on applied survey research. Student groups will design and carry out a small survey, and present their findings in a poster presentation. Focuses on assessment of MCH population characteristics, secondary data analysis, and the evaluation of MCH programs. A practicum-based course. Three lecture hours per week.

MHCH 713L Research and Evaluation Methods in Maternal and Child Health Lab
Semesters Offered: Fall | 1 Credit Hour | Instructor(s): Hussey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/10/Syllabus-MHCH-713_08_31_16.pdf

Corequisite, MHCH 713. Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. The MHCH 713 lab, which is a companion course to MHCH 713, introduces students to statistical analysis using SPSS-PC and microcomputers. Two lab hours per week.

MHCH 716 International Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Bloom | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-716-.pdf
This course is global.

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Course provides overview of critical issues including major theoretical frameworks, patterns and trends over time, and overview of history of family planning and reproductive health policy development. Three lecture hours per week.

MHCH 717 Field Training in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer | 2‑8 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Varies

A faculty-supervised field experience in maternal and child health research, community practice, program planning, and evaluation. Students are supervised on-site by department-approved field instructor. An additional field fee of $350 is assessed. Minimum of six weeks.

MHCH 718 Concurrent Field Training in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 1‑5 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): VAries

MHCH majors only. An elective, faculty-supervised field experience in maternal and child health research, community practice, program planning, and evaluation. Students are supervised on-site by department-approved field instructor. Students choosing this elective are not exempt from MHCH 717. Variable number of hours.

MHCH 722 Global Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Ongechi | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/CourseSyllabusMHCH722Fall2016.pdf
This course is global.

This course covers the main causes of maternal and under-five morbidity and mortality in developing countries and also the interventions, policies, and research which address these causes. Emphasis is placed on both distal and proximate determinants, measurement and indicators, and conceptual frameworks.

MHCH 723 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of MCH Programs
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Barden-O'Fallon | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/Class_Syllabus_MCH_723_Fall_2016.doc
This course is global.

This course provides the students with the basic concepts and methodologies needed to monitor and evaluate programs in maternal and child health both domestically and internationally.

MHCH 740 Problems in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer | 1‑3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Staff

Prerequisites to be arranged with departmental faculty in each individual case. Two to six hours a week.

MHCH 745 Health Transformation Implementation in MCH
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1‑3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Cilenti | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-745.pdf

This online course is designed to integrate the theory, research literature, and evidence-supported practices that promote optimal population health outcomes in maternal and child health. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 – the most significant health care system reform since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in the 1960s – offered opportunities for improving public health systems, health care financing and delivery, and ultimately, health outcomes for MCH populations.

MHCH 765 Clinical Support for Breastfeeding
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Sullivan | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/MRT-TI_MHCH-765_Clinical_and_Didactic_Course_Syllabus_Fall_2016.pdf

Master’s or clinical four-year degree required. This two-semester clinical course is structured to provide supervised breastfeeding support education in the context of clinical lactation services and public health practice.

MHCH 766 Clinical Support for Breastfeeding 2
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/MRT-TI_MHCH-766_Clinical_and_Didactic_Course_Syllabus_Spring_2017.pdf

Master’s or clinical four-year degree required. This two-semester clinical course is structured to provide supervised breastfeeding support education in the context of clinical lactation services and public health practice.

MHCH 801 Doctoral Seminar in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Hussey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/syllabus-MHCH-801-v6sept2016.pdf

Prerequisites, MHCH 701 and 702. This seminar explores the origins of and developments in major maternal and child health policies and programs in order to understand their effects on the health of mothers and children.

MHCH 816 Applied Quality Improvement Methods in Healthcare and Public Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/PUBH-716-2017-Syllabus_Spring-2017.pdf
This course is global.

The course objective is to gain skills in planning, testing, implementing, and spreading changes for organizational improvement. The course will follow the PlanDo-Study-Act (PDSA) model to teach students how to conduct an improvement project using a case study. Students will learn to use “R” software to analyze data. Knowledge of “R” is not required for this course.

MHCH 840 Maternal and Child Health Doctoral Internship
Semesters Offered: Summer | 1 Credit Hour

Enrollment in MCH doctoral program required. MCH internship to enhance doctoral training in areas of: Section 1: Teaching; Section 2: Practice; and Section 3: Research.

MHCH 851 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Olshan | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2015/12/EPID851_MCH851.pdf

Corequisites, BIOS 600 and EPID 600. Equivalent experience for students lacking the corequisites. Epidemiology of reproductive and perinatal health outcomes, including infertility, fetal loss, preterm birth, birthweight, congenital malformations, and infant mortality. Includes current knowledge regarding epidemiology of these outcomes and discussion of methodologic issues. Three lecture hours per week.

MHCH 859 THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Hussey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/MHCH-859-syllabus-Hussey-v23aug2016.pdf

Prerequisites, doctoral students, permission of the instructor. A survey of theoretical models used in MCH research and program development, and how those models are used to guide the formulation of questions, hypothesis testing, and evaluation. Fall.

MHCH 862 Maternal and Child Health Program Evaluation
Semesters Offered: Spring | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-862.pdf
This course is global.
MHCH 890-001 Special Topics in Maternal & Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Martin | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/MHCH-890-Section-1-GBV.pdf

The MHCH Gender-Based Violence (GBV) course provides a forum for students to explore contemporary issues in GBV from both a research and practice standpoint. Students will be introduced to a myriad of domestic and international GBV issues, from intimate partner violence and campus sexual assault to sex trafficking. Students will become acquainted with the GBV-related work of many UNC faculty members and others as these persons will present lectures on their own work during many of the class meetings. The lectures will include information on both research issues and practice issues. The lectures will be designed to enhance students’ understanding of important GBV research topics and facilitate the application of this knowledge (and the learned skills) to real world settings.

MHCH 890-001 Special Topics in Maternal & Child Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Peterson | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/Spring-2017-MHCH-890-001-Implementation-Science.pdf

This graduate level course is an introduction to implementation science with an emphasis on its application for global maternal and child health. The course will first highlight current challenges in global maternal and child health and the role of implementation science in addressing them, including the development of practice-based research activities and the provision of technical support for program implementation. The course then will define current implementation research frameworks and active implementation frameworks and describe the interface between improvement science and implementation science. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups and independently.

MHCH 890-045 Special Topics in Maternal & Child Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 2 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Rowley | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/Health-Equity-890.pdf

This course focuses on understanding and addressing health equity. The first segment of the course examines theoretical frameworks for inequity causation and the most commonly discussed contributing factors. This second section will focus on approaches to equity assessment.

MHCH 890-002 Special Topics in Maternal & Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 1 Credit Hour | Instructor(s): Curtis | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/MHCH-890-001-Fall-2016-Abortion.pdf

This course will provide an overview of the critical issues in abortion care and policy, both in the US and globally. We will cover the major theoretical frameworks defining abortion care and policy, and the epidemiology of abortion globally and nationally. We will analyze the public health implications of abortion policy, and evaluate the evidence regarding abortion care and its limitations. We will explore the historical, legal and cultural contexts of abortion. We will also explore the bioethical and clinical dimensions of abortion care and policy. The course will include multiple interactive sessions with experts in the field.

MHCH 892 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Disparities
Semesters Offered: Fall | 1 Credit Hour | Instructor(s): Vines | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2015/12/EPID892.pdf

Prerequisite, MHCH 756. This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to synthesize knowledge across disciplines and to develop an interdisciplinary approach to addressing their identified health disparities research topic.

MHCH 992 Master's Paper
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Staff
MHCH 994 Doctoral Dissertation
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Staff