Maternal and Child Health

The World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health has been awarded a cooperative agreement award from DHHS. Administered by JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc, the Collaborating Center will support implementation and improvement activities of a new Family Planning Training Center for Service Delivery Improvement incorporating the rapidly evolving field of implementation science to assure that activities are based upon the best science. 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
Departmental activities
Health disparities
WHO collaboration
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Leadership consortium
MCH 2016-2017 committees


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Maternity waiting homes may help reduce maternal morbidity in Malawi
Researchers suggest that two maternity waiting homes, supported by the Safe Motherhood Initiative, may help reach vulnerable women in Malawi and other low-income countries. Maternal and child health faculty members, Kavita Singh and Ilene Speizer, and masters student, Timothy Kim, published findings in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Alumna to be public health director for San Antonio
Colleen Bridger, MPH (MCH ’95) will serve as public health director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District – the nation’s seventh largest city health department. She has been health director of Orange County Health Department for more the five years. Read more.

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Minority Health Conference
Friday, Feb 24
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center
Sponsored by the Minority Student Caucus

Successful interviewing
Thursday, Mar. 2
10:00-11:00 am
235 Rosenau
MCH Career Development Director Jennifer Cole will conduct a workshop to help identify and and clearly articulate skills and strengths during an interview. RSVP