6 - 8 Months (Self Paced)
Maximum Allowed Duration: 24 Months
Expected Effort: 10-15 hours/week
This program provides you with a thorough understanding of the core concepts of maternal and child health (MCH) and a strong research focus so as to actively contribute towards the development of evidence for upliftment of MCH services.
TOTAL CREDITS: 32
Next Commencement Date
Why study this program?
“Safe Mother, Safe Child - Safe Family – A Happy and Prosperous Nation”
Improving the health and well-being of mothers, infants, and children is a paramount global public health goal. Maternal and child health standards are a major determinant of socioeconomic development of a nation. The aims and objectives of Maternal & Child Health (MCH) development programs worldwide encompass a wide range of conditions, human behaviors, and health systems indicators that affect the wellbeing and quality standards of life of women, children, and families.
Superior Maternal and Child Health is a perennial global need rather than being an exclusive priority of the developing world. Evidence based principles applied to maternal and child health (MCH) have upgraded this conventional discipline into an interdisciplinary profession, creating a need of specialized MCH professionals who are trained to center on holistic health of the mother, child, and families.
In a truly global approach MCH care services can be defined as “encouraging, preventing, therapeutic or rehabilitation facility or care for the mother and child” centered and customized towards the precise health demand of the geographic region, recognizing the multiplex nature of the human population and a wide range of related outcomes.
Physical and psychosocial wellbeing of mothers and children is important for health to persist in families, nations and globally. In the face of substantial advances in medical knowledge there are still women and children dying from avoidable or treatable conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth. Every region in the world has its own MCH care problems which need to be addressed exclusively, however much of this maternal and child mortality and morbidity is prevalent in the developing world.
Almost eight hundred women die daily due to preventable perinatal conditions (CDC report). Developing world accounts for more than 99% of this maternal mortality rate. In 2015 the maternal mortality worldwide stood at 303,000 due to perinatal conditions or complications. To add to the MCH cluster, in the year 2015 nearly 5.9 million children under the age of five died and almost 45% of this child mortality occurred in the neonatal period (first 28 days).
The aim of modern day Maternal and Child Health service is to institute evidence-based programs and activities to advance Global Maternal and Child Health and reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Importantly, Maternal and Child Health services aim at a vast number of activities that address the critical causes of perinatal, maternal, and child mortality and morbidity. Included in the MCH programs are measures that address the major determinants of maternal mortality, preterm neonatal complications, vertical HIV transmission, congenital syphilis, diarrheal diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, malaria control, pneumonia, tuberculosis, nutrition, child development issues, children with special needs, rehabilitation, maternal mental health, injury and violence.
The Maternal and Child Health diploma is a distance online taught program that provides in-depth knowledge, expertise and evidence-based practical approaches to the MCH problems faced globally. This program also imparts Maternal and Child Health professionals a substantial research focus so as to actively participate in the generation of evidence for betterment of Global MCH services. This is a regular taught program and students are mentored and expected to interact with the faculty and co-participants through on-line interactions.
What will be taught?
MODULE 01: FOUNDATIONS OF MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
MODULE 02: PREVENTIVE CONCEPTS IN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
MODULE 03: MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SYSTEM
MODULE 04: EPIDEMIOLOGY
MODULE 05: BIOSTATISTICS
MODULE 06: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
MODULE 07: CHILD HEALTH
MODULE 08: INTRODUCTION TO SURVEILLANCE
MODULE 09: DATA AND COMMUNICATION
MODULE 10: PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND POPULATION HEALTH
MODULE 11: GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNIZATION
MODULE 12: SAFE IMMUNIZATION
MODULE 13: IMMUNIZATION OF SPECIAL GROUPS
MODULE 14: MAJOR VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES
MODULE 15: INTRODUCTION TO THE MANAGEMENT ROLE
MODULE 16: HEALTHCARE PLANNING, ORGANIZING & CONTROL
TOTAL CREDITS: 32
MODE OF STUDY: ONLINE
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on an ongoing basis by the faculty based on the following criteria:
One is the completion of the online multiple choice question tests that follow each lesson; and second is the timely submission of assignments for each study module within the JLI e-Campus.
Your academic performance in the program will be assessed on a 4 point GPA scale. More details about our evaluation system is available in the following link: Evaluation System
Am I eligible?
The minimum eligibility criteria for Advanced Postgraduate Global Maternal and Child Health (APGDGMCH) would include either of the following:
- Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc
- Degree in Medicine
- Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Any degree in Nursing / Allied Health
- Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses are also eligible to apply.
If you lack the above mentioned educational prerequisite you may still be eligible to apply if you have some prior work experience in a related area. Please contact our admission representatives / counsellor to discuss your case.
What support will I receive?
Throughout the course, the students can interact with the faculty and other students via the e-Campus to discuss any coursework related issues.
Each student enrolled in the Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Global Maternal & Child Health Course (APGD-GMCH) is also assigned a mentor throughout the course who will be a senior professional from the industry. Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance if required and career development support via the “Student Success Team”.
Can I know more?
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People with training in maternal and child health can find challenging opportunities in various healthcare set-ups. Hospitals, NGO's, Multi-speciality clinics, Healthcare companies, and many local & international government organisations frequently employ people with training in this field.
"WHO data for the year 2015 revealed that approximately 303,000 women died due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. In 2015 approximately 5.9 million children under five years died and 45% of these deaths occurred in the first 28 days of life. "