380.624.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Cynthia Minkovitz
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • using a systems framework, identify how MCH service system can influence the health of women, children and families.
    • describe the structure of the health care system that provides services for women and children, with a special focus on the public sector that serves those of low income in the United States and in developing countries.
    • describe the body of United States federal legislation that mandates and provides funds for the delivery of services to women and children.
    • apply strategies to influence the legislative, budget, and administrative processes at the federal, state, regional, and community levels.
    • apply tools and strategies to manage MCH services and related programs.
    • identify key issues related to the implementation and evaluation of maternal and child health policy and programs in the United States and abroad.
    • construct administrative memos to convey information regarding maternal and child health.
  • Course Description

    Analyzes the structure, organization, administration and management of social and health service programs serving the maternal and child health populations. Lectures, discussions, and analysis of current research and practice present the goals and impact of national programs such as Title V MCH/CSHCN, Medicaid/CHIP, Head Start, Family Planning, WIC/Nutrition, community/migrant health centers, child welfare, and of privately sponsored programs.

  • Intended Audience
    Graduate students in public health
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on the following:

    20% Written Assignment #1

    30% Written Assignment #2

    10% Active Participation in Class Discussions

    30% Final Examination (short answer format)

    10%  2 On-line Quizzes (multiple choice, credit for completion) due before start of respective classes

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course topics
    1. Course Overview, and Current Policy Context for MCH Programs
    2. Service System Organization and Venues of Action
    3. Community Health Centers, Writing Administrative Memos
    4. International MCH Systems Overview
    5. Head Start and Home Visiting
    6. Title V – Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant I
    7. International MCH Nutrition  
    8. WIC -- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
    9. Medicaid/CHIP – Public Insurance for Children
    10. Senior Leader Panel                                               
    11. International Family Planning
    12. MCH Policy Making and Advocacy in the United States 
    13. Title X Family Planning in the United States
    14. Review Session
    15. Final Exam
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Nicole Lunardi

    Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP
    Office: Hygiene E4636
    Tel: 410-614-5106

  • Disability Support Services
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