Maternal and Child Health

Christine Tucker, PhD (l), received the SPH innovative teaching teaching award for MCH as selected by students. She is pictured with Carolyn Halpern, PhD, interim chair and former adviser. [Read more].
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


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Alum develops transgender clinic in Cincinnati
Lee Ann Conard, RPh, DO, MPH (MCH’99), assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center leads transgender clinic. Read child’s experience in Cincinnati Enquirer.

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]

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Rescheduled student conversation
Ashley Cobb to present “Measles in the Magic Kingdom: A conversation about vaccination controversies”
Tuesday, Mar. 3
9:45-10:45 am.
417 Rosenau

Save the Date
MCH Family Reunion/47th Annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture
Thursday, April 16
Friday Center for Continuing Education
Register to attend by April 10