The Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems is an accredited, stand-alone degree program offered primarily online, with two short residencies of 2-3 days at Bastyr's Kenmore, Washington, campus. This program takes four quarters (one year) to complete.
The program offers experienced midwives and other qualified maternal-child health professionals the opportunity to earn a graduate degree from a respected regionally accredited university. With its focus on interdisciplinary and community partnerships, deepening knowledge and developing skills to promote critical analysis, this program prepares graduates to be knowledgeable and innovative leaders in maternity care systems change. Graduates are prepared for influential positions in education, research, policymaking, program management and advocacy with the aim of creating equitable and human-centered models of care to improve the health of women and children.
Students develop knowledge and skills through a series of courses culminating in a master’s thesis, a capstone project or an internship experience. The project is designed by the student in collaboration with an advisory committee, based on the student’s interest in research, education, organizational functioning or policy development.
Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent number of credits (180 quarter credits) from a regionally accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptional applicants without a bachelor's degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must also have appropriate training (with appropriate certification when available) and documentation of a minimum of two (2) full-time years of practical experience as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator, or lactation specialist. Other credentialed MCH professionals such as perinatal nurses, public health specialists, social workers, health care financial experts, psychologists and physicians seeking leadership training consistent with humanistic, rights-based maternal-infant care will also be eligible.
Admitted students must have access to a laptop computer with high speed internet, a webcam, and a headset.
Specific required prerequisites (with grades of 3.0 or higher in each course) include:
Coursework for the MA in Maternal-Child Health Systems is offered primarily online. The program requires two on-campus residencies, taking place at the beginning and end of the program. The program prepares trained midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants and other maternal-child health care providers with the knowledge and skills to expand expertise in maternal-child health beyond personal service delivery. Students build on earlier education and practical experience, develop leadership skills and acquire a systems-based perspective to promote a more humanistic, holistic, rights-based and equitable approach to maternal and infant care.
Graduates of the MA in Maternal-Child Health Systems will be able to:
Kenmore, Washington campus
4 quarters (one year), full-time; part-time track available. The next entrance term for this program is Summer 2017.