Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Catalyst Program
The UofSC Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Catalyst Program resides within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, and is supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The program’s mission is to:
- Promote MCH education and research
- Inform policy
- Train diverse future leaders to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families
- Expand the future MCH workforce
Did you know that the maternal mortality rate in the United States is among the highest in the developed countries?
Did you know that Black birthing persons in the US are more likely to experience pregnancy and birthing complications, regardless of their income or educational background?
Did you know that over the past decade, the U.S. maternal mortality rate has been rising since 2018?
Did you know that South Carolina is ranked the 9th highest in maternal mortality rate and the 5th highest in infant mortality rate in the country?
Did you know Black birthing persons in the US are 3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes?
Did you know that South Carolina ranks 49th in childhood immunizations in the United States?
The MCH Certificate of Graduate Studies is for students and professionals interested in increasing their MCH knowledge through curriculum that encompasses 6 core competencies. This certificate is achieved through the completion of 15 credit hours of MCH coursework and direct mentorship.
The MCH Scholars Program is for current UofSC Arnold School of Public Health doctoral students who wish to gain funding for research projects that are maternal and child health focused.
The Maternal and Child Health Student Association (MCHSA) is a student-run University of South Carolina organization built for undergraduate and graduate students interested in fostering their maternal and child health interests.
MCH Catalyst News
Behavioral intervention helps women reduce weight retention when offered during pregnancy and postpartum
Dr. Jihong Liu's work on reducing gestational weight gain featured on the Arnold School of Public Health.
Does telehealth fail minority, rural pregnant women during the pandemic?
The latest Arnold School project to learn from and address the impacts of COVID-19 comes in the form of a $3 million U01 grant to investigate the effects of telehealth on disparities in maternal care during the pandemic.
Doctoral candidate awarded two scholarships
Tianyue Mi, and MCH student was recently awarded two scholarships to support her development as a health services policy researcher in HIV and other areas.