Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation

Become a Lactation Professional

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. Through our unique partnership with the Healthy Children Project, Union is able to provide you with the skills and training to counsel expectant mothers and mothers of young infants about feeding and caring for their young infants, whether you’re experienced in lactation or new to the field.

Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation

Become a Lactation Professional

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. Through our unique partnership with the Healthy Children Project, Union is able to provide you with the skills and training to counsel expectant mothers and mothers of young infants about feeding and caring for their young infants, whether you’re experienced in lactation or new to the field.

Careers of our Maternal Child Health Graduates

Union’s Maternal Child Health graduates come from many types of backgrounds, including nursing and healthcare.
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

Face-to-face

workshops

Union’s Human Lactation program combines our flexible distance learning program with four Healthy Children Project face-to-face workshops, the largest national provider of lactation management education for healthcare providers through their Center for Breastfeeding.

All About the

Healthy Children Project

Members of the HCP faculty are leaders in the breastfeeding and lactation field who are recognized for their evidence-based scholarship, as well as their clinical experience. Healthy Children is also a founding member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and an invited member of the USDA Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium. Union is proud to provide our valuable relationship with the HCP for our Maternal Child Health students.

All About the

Healthy Children Project

Members of the HCP faculty are leaders in the breastfeeding and lactation field who are recognized for their evidence-based scholarship, as well as their clinical experience. Healthy Children is also a founding member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and an invited member of the USDA Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium. Union is proud to provide our valuable relationship with the HCP for our Maternal Child Health students.

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.
Skills & Benefits
  • Apply the basic mechanics of language, oral expressions, evidence-based problem solving methodology, and scholarly writing topics with the MCHL field.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate national and global MCHL issues in relation to one’s own personal place in the global community.
  • 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.

Maternal Child Health Structure & Courses

•  120 Credit Hours Program (minimum)
•  Full-time & part-time options
• Classes start every 8 weeks!
• Up to 80 semester hours in transfer credits
  • Folklore in Childbirth
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    GANT 220
  • Lactation Counseling
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    HCP 330
  • Maternal and Infant Assessment
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    HCP 331
  • Applied Teaching Methods in Lactation Education for Health Professionals
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    HCP 332
  • Advanced Issues in Clinical Lactation Practice
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    HCP 431
  • Medical Terminology
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    MCH 140
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
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    MCH 150
  • Foundations of Maternal Child Health
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    MCH 220
  • Lifecycle Nutrition
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    MCH 223
  • Pre-Internship/Pre-Practicum Planning
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    MCH 250
  • Research and Evidence in Maternal Child Health
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    MCH 322
  • Maternal-Infant Nutrition
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    MCH 323
  • Skills and Strategies for Breastfeeding Problem Solving
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    MCH 324
  • Social and Cultural Issues in Health Care
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    MCH 325
  • Birth Outcomes: Joys and Sorrows
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    MCH 327
  • Developing a Community Based Support System
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    MCH 328
  • Perspectives in Professional Lactation Support
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    MCH 329
  • Mood Disorders in the Perinatal Period
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    MCH 380
  • Assessment, Perceptions, and Assumptions in Maternal Child Health
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    MCH 383
  • Applications in Lactation Care
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    MCH 388
  • Practicum in MCH
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    MCH 389
  • Anthropology of Childbirth
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    MCH 428
  •  Infant and Child Growth and Development
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    MCH 429
  • Implementing the BFHI: Step Four
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    MCH 450
  • BioEthics in Maternal Child Health
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    MCH 452
  • Internship I
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    MCH 460
  • Internship II
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    MCH 461
  • Power and Social Inequities in Maternal Child Health
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    MCH 480
  • Politics and Social Justice in Maternal Child Health
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    MCH 481
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