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Degree: Bachelor of Science
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Minimum Credit in the Major – 48 Credit Hours
In addition to these five Healthy Children courses and the required course competencies, the following core courses must be taken while enrolled at Union Institute & University.
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Politics of Breastfeeding 2 cr.Introduction to Nutrition for MCH
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Students who are interested in qualifying for the IBLCE exam can add the required background courses into their individual plan. Students who are planning to qualify for IBLCE pathway 2 are also required to plan, secure, and complete a 300-hour internship (four credits) in their own community during their degree program. There are additional requirements for the IBLCE exam which are not part of the degree, but students need to show proof of completion to the MCH advisor before graduation: for exam requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to be sure that all exam requirements are met. Note that IBLCE updates these requirements periodically.
In addition to the major course work, every student will complete a Culminating Graduation Requirement Capstone Project (MCH 499). The CGR Capstone is expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of their primary field of study and offer an opportunity to develop a project to present to future employers and/or opportunities to present and publish.
Students come to the interdisciplinary field of Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting with varied backgrounds, interests and experience. The major enables students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to work in the area of maternal child health: lactation consulting.
The capstone course is the final (16 week) course in the degree and is required for MCH students. With the support and advice of MCH faculty, the student chooses a specific topic to examine in depth. The student reviews relevant research and writes a paper using the Union Institute & University outcomes, major outcomes, and course specific outcomes that address the topic. The project involves two major components. Part I is the review of the literature and Part II is the self-evaluation of the student. As the final project within the Maternal Child Health major, this assignment reflects each of the university outcomes that have been addressed in courses while at Union Institute & University. It also integrates interdisciplinary knowledge acquired during the program with the Union Institute & University values of social relevance, creative and critical thinking, and the connection between scholarship and theory in application to real-world practice.