Maternal and Child Health

Stacey Klaman (l), of maternal and child health, and Kea Turner (r), of health policy and management, have received a Community Engagement Fellowship Award to create a breastfeeding curriculum for women with substance use disorders. Read more
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
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Health disparities
WHO collaboration
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Leadership consortium
Departmental activities


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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.

Research shows link between schistosomiasis and HIV 
Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD is a co-author of a paper, titled “Association between Schistosoma haematobium exposure and human immunodeficiency virus infection among females in Mozambique”, published online in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Research in Ghana featured in Endeavors
Project Fives Alive, led by Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, has investigated the best methods to reduce mortality in children under the age of 5. Read story.

Alumna named in Reuters article on Zika virus
Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH (MCH’92), a birth defects expert serving on the CDC’s Zika Virus Response Team, is quoted in a recent Reuters article discussing evidence linking Zika virus to negative birth outcomes.

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