Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Certificate of Graduate Study


Deadline for Fall 2022 submission: April 15, 2022*

Applications for Fall 2022 now open

Deadline for Spring 2023 submission: November 15, 2022*

Applications for Spring 2023 open in January 2022


*If you wish to submit an application after the priority deadline has passed, please contact the Program Director, Linda Hazlett, for approval prior to application submission.


The MCH Certificate of Graduate Study provides students an opportunity to expand their knowledge and increase their comprehension of mothers, children, and their families to improve their health and well-being. Through course content and mentorship, you will learn about:

  • MCH foundational knowledge, research and practice
  • How theories and evidence translate into policy

You will develop skills necessary to

  • Communicate with all persons from diverse groups
  • be leaders in the MCH workforce


    Certificate Requirements

    The MCH Certificate of Graduate Study is 15 credit hours. Students are required to take three 3-credit core courses (9 credit hours total), which provide content and assessments for the 6 competencies. The remaining two 3-credit courses (9 credits total) are electives which students choose from the list below depending on their interest. Students concurrently enrolled in a degree program and certificate program may share up to 12 credit hours between both programs. The MCH Program Director and your MCH Certificate mentor will assist you in elective course selection and course sequencing.

    Admissions Requirements

    • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
    • Grade point average 3.00/4.00 or higher
    • GRE scores – not required
    • For international applicants, a satisfactory score of one of the following is needed (this requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution):
      • TOEFL – minimum score of 90
      • IELTS- minimum overall band of 7.0
      • On Duolingo- minimum score of 115

    Application Requirements

    1. Resume or CV
    2. Personal statement describing your academic and professional experience, your interest in maternal and child health, and why you wish to earn an MCH Certificate of Graduate Study
    3. At least two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources written on either institutional or organizational letterhead
    4. GRE scores  – not required
    5. Official Transcripts from all post-secondary schools or colleges previously attended
    6.  Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP).
    7. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English (may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution)
      • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818
      • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:
        The Graduate School
        University of South Carolina
        1705 College Street, Suite 552
        Columbia, SC 29208
    8. Currently enrolled applicants will need to complete the Update Request Form for Concurrent Enrollment to apply

    What jobs will the MCH Certificate of Graduate Study help prepare you for?

    • Research Coordinator
    • Project Coordinator
    • Health Policy Analyst
    • Program Manager
    • Outreach and Community Engagement Manager
    • Health Education Coordinator
    • WIC Assistant
    • MCH in state or local health departments


    Can only UofSC students apply?

    Anyone with a post baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or current UofSC graduate students are welcome to apply for this program. You do not need to be a previous or current student to apply for this program

    What is the minimum number of credit hours I need to take each semester?

    Enrolled program participants must complete a minimum of 3 credits per semester.

    How long will it take me to complete this certificate?

    Currently enrolled UofSC graduate students can share up to 12 credits with another degree program. Depending on the courses taken as part of a concurrent degree, the certificate can be completed within 1 year.

    For non-students completing the certificate, the time it takes to complete depends on the number of credits that student takes per semester. The maximum amount of time it would take to complete the certificate for non-students is 2.5 years.

    How much will this cost me?

    Current UofSC students completing the certificate program will pay the same amount it costs for their regular graduate-level courses according to their program inside UofSC. Students will not pay any extra costs to be admitted or complete the certificate.

    Non-students will pay the same price for courses taken per credit hour as enrolled UofSC students. As the certificate program is under the Arnold School of Public Health, course fees are based on the rates of the ASPH.

    Does the Certificate program offer financial assistance or support?

    Our program does have scholarship money available for up to 4 students per academic year. Beginning AY 2022-23, scholarships will be up to $6000 applied to tuition costs.

    Does the application process look any different for a non-UofSC student?

    No. The same application system is used (Graduate Management System) for current and non-enrolled applicants. Furthermore, non-UofSC students do not need to complete concurrent enrollment paperwork.

    What will happen once I apply?

    Application submissions are reviewed twice per year. Applications for Fall admission are evaluated in April, and applications for Spring admission are reviewed in November. The admissions decision will be sent to you via email by the Program Director followed by an official letter by the Graduate School. Applicants will receive notice of their acceptance after the application deadline date for the term you are applying for.

    Certificate competencies

    View the six competencies that reflect the knowledge and skills required to be an active member of the MCH workforce.


    Questions About the MCH Certificate in Graduate Study?

    Click here to email the Certificate Program Director, Dr. Linda Hazlett


    Questions About Applying to the Program?

    Click here to email the Program Coordinator, Keely Vaughn