Life Course Nutrition: Maternal and Child Health Strategies in Public Health

Purpose: This 75-minute online course, based on a life course framework, is designed to help public health leaders describe the role of maternal and child nutrition in population health and identify actions they can take to create equitable access to healthy foods and food environments.

Intended Audience

Time: 1.25 hours

Cost: Free*

Available at: nutrition-maternal-and-child-health-strategies-in-public-health

Life Course Nutrition

There is growing evidence that nutrition and growth in early life- during pregnancy, infancy and childhood- has an impact on chronic disease in adulthood. When state and local public health departments take steps to ensure the nutritional health of mothers and children, they invest in the future health of the communities they serve.

Life Course Theory

Lu, et al., 2003

Learning Objectives

Describe the role of maternal and child health (MCH) nutrition in the lifelong health of the population

Access resources for assessment, assurance, and policy development for MCH nutrition

Identify ways to integrate MCH nutrition within state and local public health agencies

Apply the principles of the life course framework for population-based public health actions and initiatives

Herman, Baer, Adams et al., MCHJ, 2014

*Participants who successfully complete the course are eligible to receive a certificate for 1.2 contact hours for a processing fee of $35

For more information: Dr. Marion Taylor Baer, Program Director

(310) 825-8196 or e-mail:

Supported by MCHB/HRSA/DHHS Grant # T79MC00013