Maternal and Child Health
Our maternal and child health department was founded in 1950 and is one of the world’s leading academic departments for research, teaching and practice. We are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families — domestically and globally. Our teaching program provides students with broad exposure to maternal and child health population needs and priorities, as well as the skills to become leaders of tomorrow. Our faculty members represent a rich mix of academic backgrounds and interests, contributing expertise and leadership in a wide range of disciplines. We invite you to join us as we embark upon an exciting new year of scholarship, leadership and service.
Our research strengths include:
- Developing a strong evidence base to improve health policies, programs and practices for women and children, locally and globally;
- Working in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions for addressing health disparities among women and children;
- Using innovative approaches, including implementation science, to support the successful implementation of proven women’s and children’s interventions at scale; and
- Using quantitative and qualitative methods to improve the health of women, children and families in North Carolina, the nation and the world.
Peterson to step down, chair search begins
After serving 10 years as chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health, Dr. Herbert Peterson will be stepping down effective June 30, 2014. Peterson will remain in the department as Kenan Distinguished professor and director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Dean Barbara Rimer has established a search committee that is now inviting applications for the position. [Read job description]
Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply.
Read students’ blog from India
Several students and faculty from SPHG 690, Implementation Lab, currently are in India working on the Sahhay Project by FHI 360. MCH students, Sam Charm Eva Fernandez, Brianne Kallam and Jaimie Lea, are in the class. [Read blog]
Register for 2014 MCH Family Reunion
The annual MCH Family Reunion will be held 3:00-5:30 pm Thursday, April 10, at the Friday Center in conjunction with the 46th Foard Lecture. Register at http://sph.unc.edu/foard
AMCHP PULSE features workforce center
The January/February issue of AMCHP PULSE features the department’s recent award for development and implementation of a National MCH Workforce Development Center. [Read more]
Teaching Innovation Award winners announced
Lewis Margolis, MD, MPH, associate professor of maternal and child health, was selected by students as the department’s recipient of the School’s 2014 Teaching Innovation Award. Students remarked on his unique flexibility, responsiveness and genuine care as a teacher and adviser.
Other recipients include Steve Cole (EPID), Lori Evarts (PHLP), Rebecca Fry (ESE), Amanda Holliday (NUTR), Beth Moracco (HB), Kathy Roggenkamp (BIOS) and Karl Umble (HPM). See photos on Facebook.
Alum honored as NC health director of the year
Colleen Bridger, PhD, (MCH ’95) Orange County (N.C.) health director, received the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors’ Health Director of the Year award on Jan. 22. The recognition is given to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in public health in the state and for leadership and involvement in local community and civic activities. [complete article]