Bachelor of Science Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation

Union Institute & University’s Maternal Child Health in Human Lactation is proud to provide anyone with a passion for happy and healthy children with one of the only lactation programs in the country. Union is able to provide you with the skills and training to counsel expectant mothers and mothers of newborns about feeding and caring for their young infants, whether you’re experienced in lactation or new to the field.

The Bachelor of Science major in Maternal Child Health is the only CAAHEP-accredited Pathway 2 program that leads to a bachelor's degree.

120 Total credits
$545 Cost Per Credit Hour
Oct 25 Next Start Date
  • 120 credit hour program (minimum)
  • Full & part-time options
  • Classes start every eight weeks
  • Transfer up to 90 credit hours
  • MCH 250- Pre-Internship/Pre-Practicum Planning
  • MCH 388- Applications in Lactation Care
  • MCH 460- Internship I
  • MCH 461- Internship II
  • MCH 150- Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • MCH 220- Foundations of Maternal Child Health
  • MCH 223- Lifecycle Nutrition
  • MCH 322- Research and Evidence in Maternal Child Health
  • GANT 220- Folklore in Childbirth
  • MCH 140- Medical Terminology
  • MCH 323- Maternal-Infant Nutrition
  • MCH 324- Skills and Strategies for Breastfeeding Problem Solving
  • MCH 325- Social and Cultural Issues in Health Care
  • MCH 327- Birth Outcomes: Joys and Sorrows
  • MCH 328- Developing a Community Based Support System
  • MCH 329- Perspectives in Professional Lactation Support
  • MCH 380- Mood Disorders in the Perinatal Period
  • MCH 429- Infant and Child Growth and Development
  • MCH 480- Power and Social Inequities in Maternal Child Health
  • HDC- Health Disparities & Childbearing
  • PW2- PW2
  • MCH 481- Politics and Social Justice in Maternal Child Health

Careers of our Maternal Child Health Graduates

Union’s Maternal Child Health graduates come from many types of backgrounds, including nursing and health care. We empower you to use your lactation knowledge and experience in a variety of fields and industries.

  • Medical & Health Care
  • Non-profit Institutions
  • Community Workers
  • Public & Government


“The Nest” is Union Institute & University’s new interprofessional telehealth clinic and offers virtual lactation consultations. The Nest provides students in our B.S. in Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation and the M.A. in Human Lactation Studies programs with direct learning experiences that might not be available otherwise. It’s an excellent opportunity for students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom while gaining practical experience, especially for those seeking to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). To participate, students must have a minimum of 90 didactic hours of lactation-specific education and be enrolled in their lactation internship courses so they are prepared to work directly with clients.

Group classes and consultations will be led by Union’s human lactation students and accompanied by Alicia Simpson, MS, RD, IBCLC, LD. Alicia serves as our faculty IBCLC who will work directly with students to offer The Nest’s lactation services. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with clients and students. Learn more about “The Nest”.


In partnership with WIC, Union Institute & University is offering 36 credit hours, in the form of free electives, to WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors who qualify. The credits can be applied toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree in Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation from Union.

To qualify, you must complete USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service’s WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training and at least 560 total working hours.

For WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors to get the 36 free elective credits, Union must receive the following:

  • Copy of their USDA Food and Nutrition Service Training Certificate.
  • Verification letter from their supervisor on official letterhead, stating the employee has completed a minimum of 560 hours as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving methods to correctly identify and assess contributing factors and causes of breastfeeding management problems.
  • Develop and describe an appropriate individualized and client-centered plan, assist in the implementation of the plan, evaluate the effectiveness of the plan and document client interactions.
  • Communicate with clients and members of the health care team in a professional, integrated, interdisciplinary and culturally competent manner.
  • Explain and apply the major terms, methods, concepts and/or theories relevant to maternal child health and human lactation.
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate scientific research findings related to the methods, concepts, theories and practice of maternal child health and human lactation.
  • Apply the principles of biomedical ethics, lactation science and related disciplines in the provision of breastfeeding counseling and adult education services.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are three pathways through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) by which individuals can become IBCLCs. Each pathway requires 14 health science pre-requisite courses, 90- hours of didactic lactation education, and a certain number of clinical hours.  We are a CAAHEP accredited Pathway 2 academic program.

Hear What Our Students Are Saying

Funding Your Future

We strive to make college affordable. Explore your financial aid & scholarship options. See what makes Union the smart choice.