About Our Training Grant

Project Director:

Marie  C.  McCormick, M.D., ScD.
Sumner and Esther Feldberg
Professor of Maternal and Child Health
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-6028

About our Training Grant: 

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is fortunate to have a Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health in Education, Science and Practice training grant funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.  This training grant supports the training of public health professionals for leadership roles in Maternal and Child Health, and, more specifically, for activities consistent with the Bureau’s programs. The grant provides tuition support.

Those eligible for support must be US citizens or permanent residents, and they must fulfill the requirements at the least for an MCH/CYF minor or concentration for their degree program.  In addition, training grant recipients must enroll in SBS 360 MCH/CYF Seminar for the duration of their program.

An open tuition application procedure is planned for the spring of each year, with decisions for funding being made by the MCH/CYF faculty.  Any publications or theses completed with assistance from this grant should acknowledge the support of MCHB training grant number T76MC00001 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

In addition, limited funds are available from the Martha May Eliot endowment fund and the Julie Henry Support Fund for MCH.  Finally, students admitted to Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health may also be eligible for general school support and named fellowship.

Goals of the Training Grant:

The activities under the training grant are designed to address the need for skilled leaders in MCH to address the needs of children, women and families in the 21st century. Evidence for the need for such professionals can be derived from a variety of sources, not the least is the dismal ranking of the United States in child health among industrilalized countries. To address these concerns, our training grant has five general goals:

  • To recruit and support a diverse student group for masters and doctoral education in leadership in MCH.
  • To provide masters and doctoral education for leadership in MCH.
  • To provide MCH content areas and leadership skills to existing MCH professionals.
  • To provide technical assistance to enhance the capacities of community-based organizations.
  • To develop and disseminate new knowledge.
Degree Programs:

To achieve these goals, the training grant offers support to students in several degree programs. These include:

  • Doctor of Science/Doctor of Public Health (Epidemiology, Global Health and Population, Nutrition, and Social and Behavioral Sciences )
  • Masters Programs (all above departments except Nutrition)-one-year and two-year programs
  • Masters of Public Health and Global Health and Population (Health and Social Behavior Concentration only)
  • Dual MS/MSN Program with the Simmons School of Nursing
  • Integrated Masters Program between Simmons School of Social Work and HSPH

Types of Student Support:

  • Partial and limited tuition support to US citizens and permanent residents
  • Travel funds to attend professional meetings, especially if presenting at the meeting
  • Awards for working on specific practica with MCH/CYF collaborators
Other Activities

Other activities to address the general goals are: