While we’ve made significant progress in the field of maternal and child health, far too many children and mothers still die from preventable causes. Public health practitioners and current graduate students who want to tackle this important issue and apply best practices to serve women, children and families are a great fit for this program. With only 5 hours of required coursework and 10 elective credits, this flexible and fully online program is a great fit for those who want to customize their education.

Students in this program can tailor their course schedule to focus on specific populations, such as American Indian/Alaska Native or Latinx, or fields, such as epidemiology or community health. Those who excel in this program and wish to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH), can apply certificate credits (up to 21) towards their degree. We do not require the GRE for the certificate program or for our MPH program.

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Maternal and Child Health Graduate Certificate

Offered By:

Colorado School of Public Health


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Application Deadlines

  • Application deadline for summer start: February 15
  • Application deadline for spring start: October 15

Program Details

This certificate is designed for those who want to:

  • Advance their career through an online degree program
  • Gain specialized skills in maternal, child and family health
  • Customize their education to focus on maternal and child health needs in specific populations

You may complete the certificate prior to or concurrently with the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. If you intend to pursue an MPH after completing the certificate program, you must formally apply and complete all of the admissions requirements of the MPH program. Up to 21 certificate credits can be applied towards the MPH degree.

Why ColoradoSPH?

At the ColoradoSPH, we draw on the expertise of faculty and staff from not just one, but three leading universities — the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Our faculty, staff, and students work together to reach underserved populations, share knowledge and conduct research. That spirit of collaboration extends beyond university walls and into the communities we serve. We don't believe in research just for research's sake. We're taking what we're learning and applying it in the real world, in real-time. Our students and alumni are advancing health policies locally, studying diseases in rural communities abroad, and practicing public health in countless other ways.

Join a community of people who think outside the box and care as much as you do.

Choose your adventure at the ColoradoSPH. Change the world, your way.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Financing Your Education

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Financial aid is managed and awarded to students through the University of Colorado Denver Office of Financial Aid.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The WRGP helps students access graduate education outside of their home state without paying the high price tag of an out-of-state education. Students who are residents of WRGP member states and territories may qualify for in-state tuition. Members include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

MCH Link

The MCH-Link Scholarship Program is designed for practicing public health professionals who currently serve maternal & child health populations (women, children and/or their families) in a rural, frontier or tribal community in the Rocky Mountain Region. To apply for this program, please visit the MCH-Link page on the ColoradoSPH website and review the admissions requirements.


The ColoradoSPH offers a limited number of scholarships to incoming and current students. Incoming students are considered for merit scholarships based on the information presented within their application to the school. Amounts vary year to year.

For more information, please visit the financing your education page on the ColoradoSPH website.


The Certificate in MCH takes two semesters, on average, and can be completed fully online. The certificate requires 15 credits and six online courses.


Application Deadlines:
February 15: summer start
October 15: spring start

To apply, you must complete the SOPHAS Express application. The application typically opens two months prior to the deadline. In addition to the SOPHAS Express application, you must also submit official transcripts, a personal statement, a resume or CV, and one letter of recommendation.

ColoradoSPH does not require the GRE for the certificate, MPH or DrPH programs. For more information about how to apply, as well as international admissions requirements, please visit the certificate requirements page on the ColoradoSPH website.

Career Outlook

Alumni of the Certificate in MCH program work in a variety of organizations and agencies, including primarily:

  • State and local health departments
  • Non-profits and non-governmental organizations
  • Hospitals and healthcare organizations

The ColoradoSPH Office of Career Services offers career advising and connects students with alumni and potential employers. Their services are available to both online and in-person students as well as alums.

Course # Course Name Credit Hours
PUBH 6600 Foundations of Public Health 2
CBHS 6621 Maternal & Child Health 3
Electives   10
Total   15