The Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science & Practice

Since 1983, the U.S. 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 U.S., 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. 

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 as a part of 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 Concentration (pursuing an MCH-focused MPH or DrPH). all 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. An internship is required of students pursuing an MPH and some students choose to concurrently pursue a global health certificate through the UAB Sparkman Center

The MCH faculty is committed not only to excellence in teaching but also to 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 Ex-Officio Member. ATMCH aims to grow and support excellence in teaching MCH. ATMCH broadly defines teachers of MCH as all who provide MCH-related content to others. A teacher is one who engages with a learner, regardless of the teacher's or learner's place along the continuum of life-long learning. ATMCH offers a forum through which interdisciplinary MCH-related faculty, staff, practicing professionals, and students can share knowledge, ideas, and skills essential to teaching MCH. All faculty, staff, and students of the MCH Training Grant are encouraged to join ATMCH, which is free of charge.


For academic information or information about applying to one of our degree programs with a concentration in MCH, contact Brenda Campbell.

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