Maternal & Child Health program is a discipline of public health revolving around promoting and preventing therapeutic and rehabilitation services for the mother and child. This branch studies all the aspects of public health like disease burden, welfare programs, policy framework, health services research and community medicine for a target population.
An essential component of this discipline is focusing on maternal health in pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal period while also monitoring the causes of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. MCH also provides an opportunity in the realm of public health to direct resources and research towards social justice, human rights, inequalities in sexual and reproductive health.
Maternal health is a significant contributor to the development of any country with respect to increasing equity in health, services and rights. The health and well-being of mothers and children in not only crucial for their own rights but also to solve larger issues such as economic, social, and developmental challenges. A strong motivation to study MCH is the fact that a large proportion of the mothers, infants and adolescent girls are still devoid of access to essential quality health services.
The BPH in Maternal and Child Health program offers a platform for interdisciplinary training in key public health skills like program design, evaluation and monitoring, public policy with respect to maternal and child health.
The program is comprised of 210 ECTS credits and can be completed in about 3.5 years. There are a total of 7 semesters, each of 6 month duration. For a detailed list of courses taught in this program, please refer to the curriculum.
Introduction to Public Health
Human Biology 1
Human Biology 2
Basic Research Methodology
Social & Behavioral Health
Health Education & Communication
Public Health Nutrition
Maternal & Child Health Programs
Health systems and administration
Public Health ethics and Law
Rural, Tribal and Urban Health (Optional)
Public Health Policy
Health Economics ( accounting)
Public Health Informatics
Disaster & Emergency Management
Healthcare Organization Management
Monitoring & Evaluation in Public Health
Public Health Leadership
Recent Advances in Public Health
Life Skills Education (Optional)
Semester 7 (Specialization)
Fundamentals of Maternal and Child Health
Maternal, Fetal and Perinatal Health
Maternal and Family Health
Diseases affecting mothers and children
Healthcare Planning and Management
Determinants of MCH outcomes
Hospital care for MCH
Politics, Power, and Maternal and Child Health.
This program is conducted fully online.
Once you are enrolled you will be provided a username and password to login to our e-Campus. All the courses that you are supposed to study will be available in your account. You can log in and complete your courses at any time of your convenience. Study materials are provided in the form of lectures, reading materials, additional videos, research papers, and so on. The faculty can be contacted for any assistance when required. All tests and assignment submissions also take place via the e-Campus. For more information please refer to the online learning section of the website.
You will be assessed on an ongoing basis via multiple choice question tests, assignment submissions and via End Term Examinations at the end of each semester.
High school / secondary education (or higher)
All applicants have to be at least 17 years of age on or before the commencement date of their program.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, please reach out to our admission staff.
This program is taught in English. Therefore, you should be comfortable in using English as a language of communication (reading, writing and speaking). If you have taken an English language test in the last two years, that is good to have. If not, you can explore a waiver for the English language test.
The English proficiency test is waived-off for the following candidates:
- Native English speakers, OR;
- Applicants who have completed any previous qualifications (e.g. diploma) in English language, OR;
- Applicants who have at least 2 years of work experience in an organization in which English is the primary language of communication.
Our program fees are very reasonable in comparison to other schools. Please calculate the fees applicable to you by using our online fee calculator.
The global spending on public health has continued to increase globally. Growing economies are spending substantially more on public health as a proportion of their GDP so that public health infrastructure and services can keep pace with the needs of the population. According to WHO statistics, between 2000 and 2017, global health spending grew by 3.9% a year while the economy grew 3.0% a year. Middle-income countries are rapidly converging towards higher levels of spending. In those countries, health spending rose 6.3% a year between 2000 and 2017 while the economy rose by 5.9% a year. Health spending in low-income countries rose by 7.8% a year.
The higher spending on public health has continued to support the need for public health practitioners who are responsible for the development and deployment of public health interventions globally.
Some of the key roles that are assumed by public health practitioners are:
This program can be completed in about 3.5 years.
The primary mode of learning is via pre-recorded lectures, videos, reading materials etc. A few live guest lectures are scheduled during the program however they are optional to attend. Whenever such sessions are scheduled they are planned in a way that is convenient for most of our students. If you are unable to attend, a reccorded version will be provided.
You will be able to interact with the faculty via the personal messaging facility available in your study account, discussion forum, or via emails. A short phone call can also be scheduled if necessary.
A discussion group is available for the program. You can post your questions in the group and other students may respond.
Generally, you do not need to purchase any books. All the resources that you need will be made available by the faculty in your account. If you do wish to have text books, then the faculty can recommend to you some, and you may purchase them on your own,
Please refer to the assessments section in this page above.
You can save the pdf study notes that will be provided for each unit. Videos and other multimedia content cannot be downloaded.
There is no dissertation required in this program however there is a project report to be submitted at the end of Semester 6. The guidelines about how to write this will be shared by you via your study account. A mentor will guide you in writing your project report.
No, our degree does not mention that the program was conducted online.
A virtual graduation ceremony may be conducted for which you will be invited to join via video-conferencing. After this the completion documents are sent to your postal address by courier.