Maternal and Child Health

Ending female genital mutilation practices in Kurdistan would ensure health and well-being of girls and women, according to researcher Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH. His recently published commentary appeared online in Medicine, Conflict and Survival. Jaff is research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Research Innovations and Global Health Solutions unit and adjunct assistant professor of maternal and child health at the School.
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
Departmental activities
Health disparities
Support MCH
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Clinical Scholars National Leadership Initiative
Leadership consortium
MCH Workforce Development Center
WHO collaboration


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Halpern to serve on NIH study section
The National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review has named Carolyn Halpern, PhD, as a member of the Community Influences on Health Behavior Student Section. Read story.

Review of opioid use disorder literature to support national guidance
Reviewing current treatment for opioid use disorder in pregnant and parenting women and their infants and children will help inform national guidance. Stacey Klaman, MPH, doctoral student of maternal and child health has published a paper in the Journal of Addiction Medicine concerning the increasing prevalence of opioid use disorder during pregnancy.

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