Maternal and Child Health

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, marking its 10 year, is featured in the spring issue of the Carolina Public Health Magazine. Left to right are CGBI staff members Kathleen Anderson, Catherine Sullivan, Dr. Miriam Labbok, Dorothea Calhoun-Smith and Kathy Parry. (Photo by Linda Kastleman). Read story.
Message from the Chair
"We promote population health locally and globally by improving the health of women, children, youth, and families through sustained excellence in research; program and policy development, implementation, and evaluation; and by educating current and future MCH leaders and advocates." Read more.
Carolyn Halpern, PhD
Professor and Chair

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.


Awards and funding
Support MCH
Health disparities
WHO collaboration
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Leadership consortium
Departmental activities


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Impact evaluation of scale-up phase of Ghana project reported
Outcomes studied in the ‘Project Fives Alive!’ evaluation have demonstrated impact at scale in the effort to improve maternal and child health. Lead author, Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD of maternal and child health, published online in Health Research Policy and Systems.

Mobile job aids help health workers in Tanzania
Doctoral student, Smisha Agarwal, published online May 10 in Global Health: Science and Practice on the use of mobile job aids to assist counseling on family planning and HIV/STI screening.

Doctoral student co-authors Washington Post opinion on HB2
The Washington Post published an op-ed on HB2 by doctoral candidate, Shoshana Goldberg and co-authored with Andrew Reynolds, professor of political science.

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MCH students are working locally and globally this summer. Safe travels!

Professor Kotch retiring June 30
Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH (’77), will leave us this month after 38 years as a faculty member in MCH.