Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

Skip to Main Content

Lactation Education Program

Lactation Education

The graphic below shows when the lactation training courses are offered, and how students would proceed through the lactation coursework. See the required prerequisites below the graphic. 

Certificate In Human Lactation Program Calendar

 

Lactation Pre-requisites for Non Healthcare Professionals

Introduction

These Health Sciences Education courses are required for IBCLC certification unless you are a Recognized Health Professional. For interested undergraduate students in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, we recommend that PHE 418 –  Lactation Education 1 is taken in your Junior or Senior year.  It is offered in the Fall term each year.

You must take 1 course from each section below and pass with a grade of C or better. For Human Anatomy and Physiology the full sequence (301, 302, 303) must be completed. Once completed, you will be eligible to register for the Lactation Education 1, 2 and 3 courses. Students can take college credit courses that meet these prerequisites at any institution of higher education. The courses listed below are offered at PSU unless otherwise noted.

Biology

BI 207

Human Anatomy and Physiology

BI 301, 302 and 303

Infant and Child Development

CFS 101, 312U
PSY 311
SW 350

Introduction to Clinical Research

STAT 243
PSY 321

Nutrition

CH 250
PHE 325

Psychology, Counseling and Communication Skills

COMM 100, 200
PSY 204, 350

Sociology, Cultural Sensitivity and Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 103
SOC 200, 204
COMM 215

Additional Pre-requisites

There are additional prerequisites that are not offered by the SPH. These courses can be taken concurrently with the Lactation Education courses.

You can obtain them online or you can find them at community colleges. They are listed below

– Basic Life Support (can be obtained from your local hospital, fire department or Red Cross)
– Medical Documentation
– Medical Terminology
– Occupational Safety and Security for Health Professionals
– Professional Ethics for Health Professionals
– Universal Safety Precautions and Infection Control

Courses that can be taken at PCC

Students can transfer in credits from other academic institutions. Here are Portland Community College (PCC) courses that meet the Lactation Education Pre-reqs:

Biology – BI 101, BI 112, BI 211

Human Anatomy and Human Physiology – BI 231, 232, 233

Infant and Child Growth and Development – ECE 120, PSY 215

Introduction to Clinical Research – MTH 243

Nutrition – FN 225

Psychology or Counseling or Communication Skills – PSY 101, PSY 201A, PSY 215, PSY 222, COMM 101, COMM 214

Sociology or Cultural Sensitivity or Cultural Anthropology – SOC 204, SOC 205, SOC 213, ATH 103, ATH 207

Lactaction Education Course Information

Lactation Education courses are hybrid courses which meet weekly for webinars, and include one in-person weekend per term. See course descriptions and weekend dates below. 

Fall 2019 - Lactation Education 1 - PHE 418 - 4 credits

First day of term: Sept 30th, 2019 (on the first day of each term all students are required to visit the course home page to review the syllabus and the readings and assignments on D2L if they have not yet done so)

Tuesday, Oct 1st, from 9:30 – 12 pm – Optional Orientation Distance Learning class

Tuesday, Oct 8th, from 12:00-3:15 pm – Distance Learning Class 1

In-person Weekend
Friday, Oct 18th, from 5:30-9:10 pm – In-person Class 1
Saturday, Oct 19th, from 9-5:30 pm – In-person Class 2
Sunday, Oct 20th, from 9-1:30 pm – In-person Class 3

Tuesdays – DL Classes from 9:30-12:45
Oct 29th – DL Class 2
Nov 5th – DL Class 3
Nov 12th – DL Class 4
Nov 19th – DL Class 5
Nov 26th – DL Class 6
Dec 3rd – DL Class 7

No Distance Learning class during Finals Week.

Winter 2020 - Lactation Education 2 - PHE 419 - 4 credits

First day of term: Jan 6th, 2020 (on the first day of each term all students are required to visit the course home page to review the syllabus and the readings and assignments on D2L if they have not yet done so)

Tuesday, Jan 14th, from 9:30-12:45 pm – Distance Learning Class 1

In-person Weekend
Friday, Jan 24th, from 5:30-9:10pm – In-person Class 1
Saturday, Jan 25th, from 9-5:30 – In-person Class 2
Sunday, Jan 26th, from 9-1:30 – In-person Class 3

Tuesdays – DL Classes from 9:30-12:45
Feb 4th – DL Class 2
Feb 11th – DL Class 3
Feb 18th – DL Class 4
Feb 25th – DL Class 5
Mar 3rd – DL Class 6
Mar 10th – DL Class 7

No Distance Learning classes on Jan 21st and 28th and during Finals week.

Spring 2020 - Lactation Education 3 - PHE 420 - 2 credits

First day of term: March 30th, 2020 (on the first day of each term all students are required to visit the course home page to review the syllabus and the readings and assignments on D2L if they have not yet done so)

In-person Weekend
Friday, Apr 24th, from 5:30-9:10pm – In-person Class 1
Saturday, Apr 25th, from 9-5:30 – In-person Class 2
Sunday, Apr 26th, from 9-1:30 – In-person Class 3

No Distance Learning classes this term.

Students who have completed Lactation Education 1, 2 and 3 are eligible to apply for the Pathway 2 Practicum.

FAQ