Specialization in Maternal, Child, Reproductive, and Sexual Health (available to MPH and DPH students)
Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health (MCRSH) is a key to the long‐term health of individuals, families, communities and societies. Many adverse yet preventable reproductive and sexual health outcomes—such as unintended pregnancies, maternal and infant mortality, STIs, gender‐ related violence and others—are still the leading causes of illness and death for children and women of childbearing age worldwide. Although mortality in these groups is declining overall, some resource‐poor regions of the world still face significant burdens and many children and women do not live in environments where they can achieve their full potential.
The MCRSH concentration is designed to provide MPH and PhD students with a theoretical understanding of the social and historical frameworks that shape related health outcomes across the life‐span, as well as a foundation for research and programmatic activities in maternal, child, reproductive and sexual health. The curriculum embraces a holistic approach to sexual and reproductive health that recognizes the diversity of human sexual expression, relationships and family structures; promotes informed, healthy, respectful and responsible choices, free from coercion; and supports increased access to effective preventive, screening, treatment, and support services.
For more information, please contact your faculty advisor or MCRSH Director Prof. Diana Romero
*For students who began matriculating in Spring 2019 or earlier, please review the previous degree requirements for the MCRSH specialization here.