The Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science & Practice

Since 1983, the US Health Resources & Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal & Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has awarded a Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Training Grant to the Department of Health Care Organization & Policy in the UAB School of Public Health. We are 1 of 13 CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE IN MCH EDUCATION, SCIENCE & PRACTICE in the US, and our purpose is to provide excellent MCH education and preparation for present and future MCH leaders from diverse backgrounds so that the health of children, families, and communities is promoted, preserved, and enhanced. Interprofessional training focuses not only on core public health and MCH skills, with a unique focus on policy, but also on leadership development and advocacy with a view to achieving optimal MCH outcomes and advancing MCH science, research, practice, and policy. Alabama is home to seven different types of HRSA/MCHB Training Grants.

Want to learn more about Maternal & Child Health? Click here: WHAT IS MCH?

If you want an MCH concentration, here are the degrees you can pursue within the MCH Policy & Leadership Program (the MCH Training Grant):

Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership

Online Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership

Doctor of Public Health

In addition, those pursuing a Coordinated Degree (pursuing both an MPH and another graduate degree) may select that the MPH portion of their Coordinated Degree be MCH-focused.

Varying levels of funding for tuition assistance, stipends (DrPH only), and conference travel assistance is available to students in the MCH Policy & Leadership Program (the MCH Concentration), pursuing an MCH-focused MPH or DrPH. Throughout the School of Public Health, a,n internship is required of students pursuing an MPH and some students choose to concurrently pursue a global health certificate through the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health.

ALL UAB students with particular interest in MCH are encouraged to join MCH SAGE and become an MCH SAGE Leader. MCH SAGE is a student-led organization sharing MCH knowledge and experience with the school, campus, and community. Email Julie McDougal to learn more.

The MCH faculty is committed not only to both excellence in teaching and excellence in research. The MCH Policy & Leadership Program, through its faculty and students, provides continuing education and technical assistance to our MCH practice partners, including state Title V and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) agencies in the Southeast/Public Health Region IX. An example of this type of partner collaboration includes the PEDIATRIC NUTRITION TRAINING MODULES, jointly developed by the Center of Excellence and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services/Children’s Rehabilitation Services.

Funds from the MCH Training Grant also support The Association of Teachers of Maternal & Child Health, or ATMCH. The Manager of the MCH Training Grant, Julie McDougal, serves as the ATMCH Coordinator, and the Director of the MCH Training Grant, Dr. Martha Wingate, serves as the ATMCH Director. ATMCH aims to grow and support excellence in teaching MCH across multiple academic settings. To accomplish this, we partner with organizations such as the MCH Navigator. ATMCH offers a forum to support the cadre of current and future faculty, aiming to enhance knowledge and skills essential to teaching in the field of MCH. All current and future faculty in all MCH academic disciplines across the US and around the world are encouraged to join ATMCH free of charge.

The MCH Training Grant is instrumental in the coordination of both the Ann Dial McMiillan Endowed Lectureship in Family and Child Health and the Glenwood Endowed Lectureship.

For academic information or information about applying to one of our degree programs in the MCH Policy & Leadership Program (with an MCH Concentration), contact Brenda Campbell.

For general information about the MCH Training Grant, contact Julie McDougal (Manager) or Dr. Martha Wingate (Director).

"This website was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health Program, grant number T76MC00008. Its content and information should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government."