Maternal and Child Health

New implementation course launched. Ashley Marshall, HB, Jaimie Lea, MCH Brianne Kallam, MCH, and Jennifer Hill, HB, (l-r) discuss project with Jane Tallis from Wake Co. DHHS.
Message from the Interim 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 Interim 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


Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students 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.


Doctoral student finalist for Triangle Global Health Emerging Leader Award
Smisha Agarwal, second-year doctoral student and Fellow at FHI360, is one of three finalists. [Read more]

Data resource available for others to use – reported by alumnus in International Journal of Epidemiology

Doctoral student co-author on immigrant health care enrollment study [Read more]

MCHPHLI offers essential leadership training [Read more]

Study confirms impact of HIV and malaria upon maternal mortality in Mozambique [article]

News Brief Archive…


Apply for MCH Scholarship Awards
See details MCH Department Awards (Guidelines 2015) Deadline Feb 15.

HPV documentary, panel discussion
Thursday, Jan. 29
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium
Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic

SPH resume rescue
Jan. 28-30
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Armfield Atrium, MHRC
Let recruiters and career services professionals review your resume/CV.

Job & internship expo
Thursday, Feb. 5
Noon-3 pm
Armfield Atrium, MHRC
Meet employers. Share resume. Access Careerolina to see participating organizations. Professional attire recommended.

Minority Health Conference
Feb 27, Friday Center
Register by Feb 13