Maternal and Child Health

Sandra L. Martin, PhD, professor and associate chair for research in the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health and the School’s associate dean for research, is this year’s winner of the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award. 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
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Health disparities
WHO collaboration
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
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MCH faculty lead evaluation project in Ethiopia
Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, PI, and Ilene Speizer, PhD, co-PI, will evaluate a quality improvement approach to promote maternal and newborn outcomes. [Read more]

Halpern associate editor Journal of Adolescent Health
Publication for the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine names Halpern as associate editor for public health and policy. [Read more]

MCH students complete UNC-IntraHealth program
Three maternal and child health students participated in the UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program. [Read more]

Alumnae recognized for contributions to child health
Three MCH alumnae receive North Carolina Pediatric Society award for excellence in the pediatric field. [Read more]

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