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
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Departmental activities
Health disparities
WHO collaboration
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Leadership consortium
MCH 2016-2017 committees


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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.

Study finds disparities without optimal breastfeeding
A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests lack of optimal breastfeeding led to twice the number of deaths among African-American infants than white infants in computer models. Alison Stuebe, MD, Distinguished Scholar of Infant and Young Child Feeding in maternal and child health is a co-author.

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Nominate an alum for Sidney S. Chipman Alumni Award by Jan 25

Apply for MCH student scholarships for summer by Feb 14

Faculty candidate presentation
Tuesday, Jan 24
10:00-11:00 am
2301 McGavran-Greenberg
Aunchalee Paulmquist, PhD, will present “Ancient Milk, Modern World: Human milk sharing and 21st century maternal and child health”.

MCH critical conversation
Thursday, Jan. 26
1:30 pm
417 Rosenau
MCH master’s students Stella Clingmon and Millie Robinson will facilitate discussion on the intersection of criminal justice and public health for the MCH population.