Competencies for Maternal and Child Health and Reproductive Health Professionals

Introduction

The Maternal and Child Health and Reproductive Health (MCH-RH) Competencies are intended to provide the basis for curriculum development and continuing education programming for MCH-RH graduate education programs and MCH-RH professionals at The Division of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University. These competencies, considered as an evolving document, are periodically revised to reflect priorities and needs in the dynamic MCH-RH practice and research environments.

This MCH-RH Competencies are adopted and modified from the latest works of ASPH (Association of Schools of Public Health) Education Committee on Master’s Degree in Public Health Core Competency Development Project (Version 2.1) period of October 2004-June 2006 and the Maternal and Child Competencies developed by ATCMH (Association of Teachers in Maternal Child Health) in 2001.

The following competencies address MCH-RH and general public health content in the areas of the scientific basis of MCH-RH and public health, methodological/ analytical skills, management and communication skills, policy and advocacy skills, and values and ethics in MCH-RH public health practice.

Throughout this document, the historical phrase maternal and child health (MCH) refers to women, infants, children of all ages, adolescents, and families. The guiding philosophical approach to the competencies is developmental and intergenerational. RH is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive health system and its functions and processes. The approach incorporates the promotion of family-centered, community-based MCH-RH health services and programs and embodies the principles of cultural competence and community development and empowerment.

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