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Maternal & Child Health

19 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
92 Master's Degrees Annually
#103 in Popularity
$43,480 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Maternal & Child Health Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many maternal and child health graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 92
Graduate Certificate 45
Bachelor’s Degree 19
Doctor’s Degree 16

What Maternal & Child Health Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, maternal and child health majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Maternal and Child Health Majors

Maternal and Child Health majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Maternal and Child Health Majors

A major in maternal and child health prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Maternal and Child Health Majors

As you progress with your maternal and child health degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Maternal & Child Health Major?

People with a maternal and child health degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Community Health Workers 17.9% $39,540
Health Educators 14.6% $54,220

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Maternal & Child Health?

19 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
100% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of maternal and child health majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Maternal and Child Health Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 13
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Maternal & Child Health Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Maternal and Child Health majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $43,480 to $59,660 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with maternal and child health may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for maternal and child health careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.4%
Some College Courses 1.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 40.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.9%
Master’s Degree 10.1%
Doctoral Degree 0.4%

Online Maternal & Child Health Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 schools offered some type of maternal and child health program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 11 3
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 10 4
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Maternal & Child Health Worth It?

The median salary for a maternal and child health grad is $43,480 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 9% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $71,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to maternal and child health.

Major Number of Grads
General Public Health 19,923
Public Health Education and Promotion 4,529
Other Public Health 2,994
Health Services Administration 2,882
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 2,322
International Public Health/International Health 1,444
Environmental Health 1,229
Behavioral Aspects of Health 529
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 334
Health/Medical Physics 211

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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