UCLA Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program

Neal Halfon, MD, MPH – Director
Moira Inkelas, PhD – Associate Director
Sharlene Joachim, MPH, MA – Program Manager


The Child & Family Health Leadership Training Program provides interdisciplinary training in maternal and child health (MCH) practice, research, and policy analysis for health professionals and public health professionals enrolled in either the masters of public health (MPH) or doctoral (PhD, DrPH) program at the UCLA School of Public Health.

Leadership development is accomplished through coursework, mentoring, leadership seminars, and participation in local community-based planning organizations serving children and families.

The program offers advanced professional training in the design of family-centered health services; formulation and analysis of policy options; advocacy for children and families; leadership skill development; research; and evaluation of health systems serving mothers, children, families, and communities. The Child & Family Health Leadership Training Program is housed in the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, which is dedicated to providing children with the best opportunities for a healthy life and productive future.

Trainees receive professional development and summer stipends up to $4,000 along with additional financial support to attend conferences and training opportunities. Tuition and fees may be covered based on need.

SELECTED COURSES– Child Health, Programs, and Policies (CHS 436A/HPM M449A)
– Community Leadership Seminar (CHS/HPM M428)
– Principles of Organizational Leadership (HPM 232)
– Evolving Paradigms of Prevention: Interventions in Early Childhood (CHS 237/HPM 290)
– Evolving Paradigms of Prevention: Interventions in Adolescence (CHS 238)
– Children with Special Healthcare Needs: A Systems Perspective (CHS/HPM M420)
– Maternal and Child Nutrition (CHS 231)

AREAS OF FOCUS– Access to care
– Adolescent health
– Child abuse and neglect
– Child health care policy, health services
– Children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN)
– Community health services and systems
– Cultural competency
– Early childhood development
– Foster care and adoption
– Health care financing
– Health disparities
– Health promotion
– Health system organization and change
– Life course health development
– Maternal and child advocacy and policy
– Maternal and child health and nutrition
– Perinatal health
– Quality improvement
– Reproductive and perinatal epidemiology
– Research methods and study design
– Training and workforce development
– Unintentional injury

APPLYING TO THE PROGRAMRequirements for admission to the Child & Family Health Leadership Training Program include:
1) Prior admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) or doctoral (PhD) program at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (http://ph.ucla.edu/prospective-students/application-checklist-and-submission-instructions)
2) Completed application (For a copy of the application, please see below)
3) CV/resume in Word or PDF format
4) Statement of purpose outlining career goals in child and family health

To apply, please fill out the application by clicking on the link below: LINK TO APPLICATION
For more information about the program, please contact:
Sharlene Joachim (sjoachim@mednet.ucla.edu)
& Mischka Garel (mgarel@mednet.ucla.edu)
Child & Family Health Program
UCLA Center for Healthier Children,
Families & Communities
Tel: (310) 312-9084
10960 Wilshire Blvd; Suite 960
Los Angeles, California 90024


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