Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Science in Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation Program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
“This accreditation is a testament to the strength of the program and the desire to provide the highest quality education possible to our students,” said Dr. Lisa Akers, program chair. “CAAHEP Accreditation also increases career opportunities for graduates because employers look for graduates who have expertise in specific content areas. Accreditation assures that students have received sound knowledge and skills-based competencies that are ethically bound and evidence-based.”
CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty-six (26) health science occupations. (Source: CAAHEP)
UI&U has one of the few, online Bachelor of Science Maternal Child Health in Human Lactation and Master of Arts in Health & Wellness degrees in the country.
Careers in the field of human lactation include functioning as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in hospitals, in public health agencies, or as in private practitioners. Upon earning their degree, students go on to work assisting new families immediately after the birth of their infants, teaching breastfeeding classes and working with new families in the federal supplemental foods Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, opening their own private practice where they work with families in their homes, and working alongside midwives and doulas in birth centers.
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