American Indian mothers and children in underserved areas of the country are more at risk for health problems than most other populations. Health care professionals say a large part of the solution is to have more highly trained people in the specialized field of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) epidemiology.
Now a new program offered entirely online eliminates distance as an obstacle to graduate level education and certification in the maternal and child health care area. Students can access the program from their homes and workplaces.
The graduate certificate in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology is offered by the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) in partnership with the University of Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health, the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Indian Health Service, and indigenous population representatives in Appalachian Kentucky. The 15-credit, one-year program is designed to fill a gap in MCH epidemiology education of professionals who have limited resources and work in difficult settings with underprivileged communities. The program particularly hopes to enhance MCH expertise in the rural, isolated, and underserved in USET's service area in 21 states, including Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maryland Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.