Our ultimate goal is to improve the global health status of women, infants, children, youth, and their families. We will work toward the ultimate goal by ensuring a competent and effective MCH epidemiologic workforce who will enhance the capacity for assessment, planning, and delivery of health services to the MCH population and who can drive the field of MCH epidemiology, both theoretically and empirically. We also aim to foster the enhancement of the capacity of local and state agencies in MCH epidemiology and to enrich schools of public health with competent scholars trained in and devoted to the advancement of MCH epidemiology research with a social determinants of health lens. The Tulane MCH/Epi Doctoral Training Program provides stipends to selected MCH/Epi students. This is done in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Family Health, Title V Program, as well as local and state MCH partners to identify research priorities that address the maternal and child health needs of Louisiana.
Trainees funded through this program bolster the analytic capacity of the partners, aiding in program planning, development, and policy. It is anticipated that they will also join this essential workforce upon their graduation, joining the health department of this state, or other jurisdictions.
The specific goals of this MCH/Epi doctoral training stipend program are to:
- Educate doctoral candidates who are competent in the maternal and child health leadership and trained in the application of epidemiological methods to conducting research in the MCH field
- Foster the enhancement of the capacity of local and state agencies in MCH epidemiology
- Contribute to the knowledge and empirical evidence base of MCH epidemiology practitioners
The process of addressing and accomplishing these goals and objectives provides needed additional resources to the state in improving its maternal and child health.
The program awards a $9,260 annual stipend and a $2,504 travel allowance for up to three years to exceptional doctoral candidates working in the field of MCH/Epi, with the understanding that students will complete the required supplemental training and activities with local partners.
MCH/Epi doctoral students identify the processes contributing to poor health in this population, and work with staff of LaOPH to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions aimed at improving health outcomes. Additionally, trainees, through their work, are being groomed to become the next cadre of MCH/Epi leaders.
Stay tuned for the call for applications each May, August, and December.