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

Photo of worried man on phone.Is your health agency interested in preventing chronic disease? 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.

This 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. By the end of the course you will be able to use the life course framework to design effective nutrition initiatives to improve population health.


This course is co-provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and Continuing Nursing Education (UWCNE) at the University of Washington.

Target Audience

Public health practitioners, planners, and administrators.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be better able to:

  • 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

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.20 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Please see the module developer list in the course content.

Available Credit

  • 1.20 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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