GAIN Maternal Child Health Short Course

Short Course

What: An intensive, field-based clinical and leadership skills course for nurses who want to lead improvement of maternal child health (MCH) in low-resource settings

When: 2019 Dates will be publicized in Jan 2019

Where: Neno District, Malawi


Global health leaders develop their professional skills in the field, not in the classroom. The GAIN Maternal Child Health Short Course offers nurses/midwives the opportunity to learn evidence-based practices in the high-needs setting of rural Malawi. Most maternal deaths in low resource settings are preventable when a properly trained birth attendant is present during delivery. Through innovative teaching methods, American and African experts in MCH will lead participants through clinical and leadership skills curriculum and experiential learning activities. The training is designed and hosted collaboratively among partners who are on the forefront of advancing nursing and MCH in Malawi: UCSF School of Nursing and Partners in Health. The goal of the short course is to equip nurses with the skills and the voice to offer women worldwide safe and respectful deliveries. Participants will be part of a network of global health nursing leaders who build solutions to improve health worldwide.

Course Objectives

  1. Use evidence-based practices to provide timely, compassionate and high quality nursing/midwifery care
  2. Build leadership and teaching skills in a collaborative environment
  3. Implement projects to improve quality of care in a low-resource clinical setting
  4. Empower nurses and midwives in team-based approaches to patient care


Currently, UCSF graduate students are eligible to participate in the GAIN short course as a SON Global Health Practicum experience. The program dates, information on selection criteria, and application will be published in Winter 2018. For more information, contact [email protected].