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.
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Levy publishes in Journal of Urban Health
Jessica Levy, MPH (MCH’06), a doctoral candidate, and faculty members Sian Curtis, research associate professor, and Ilene Speizer, research professor, have published online in the Journal of Urban Health a paper associated with her dissertation: “Assessing gaps and poverty-related inequalities in the public and private sector family planning supply environment of urban Nigeria“.
Doctoral student discusses mobile technologies in health care at World Islamic Economic Forum
Smisha Agarwal, first-year doctoral student in maternal and child health at the Gillings School, was an invited speaker at the ninth annual World Islamic Economic Forum, held in London Oct. 29-31. [complete article]
Labbok receives APHA lifetime achievement award
Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health, received the Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association’s International Section. [Read more]
Cilenti receives $5.5M award to develop national workforce center
Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, clinical assistant professor in the department of maternal and child health and senior investigator at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a three-year, $5.5M award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The award, a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau, Division of Workforce Development, will establish the national MCH Workforce Development Center at UNC that will facilitate key programmatic areas around implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [Read more]
Student publishes in Contraception
Leslie deRosset, doctoral student in the department of maternal and child health, has published “Family planning intentions: a qualitative exploration of postpartum women of Mexican descent in North Carolina” in the November issue of Contraception.