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5-Minute MCH: Module 1.0

5-Minute MCH: Module 1.0

MCH Knowledge Base/Public Health Context

Module 1.0: Overview

Maternal and child health (MCH) is a specialty area within the larger field of public health, distinguished by:

  • Promotion of the health and well-being of all women, children, adolescents/young adults, and families, especially in geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable populations
  • Particular attention directed to the MCH population domains: maternal/ women's health, adolescent/young adult health, perinatal/infant health, children with special health care needs, child health, and cross-cutting/life course
  • A focus on individuals as well as the families, communities, and systems of care that support these individuals
  • A life course perspective as an organizing framework that acknowledges distinct periods in human development and presents both risks and opportunities for interventions to make lasting improvements.


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Each module below examines the competency as part of a learning process. You can use these modules sequentially or choose those of most relevance to your needs:

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.