Thank you for your interest in the Department of Maternal and Child Health's (MCH) application process.

We are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families, both domestically and globally.

Decide which degree is for you. The first step is to determine which Maternal and Child Health degree program suits your interests and career goals.

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is now participating in SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). All MCH MPH, MSPH and PhD applicants must submit a SOPHAS application. Applicants must e-submit their application and all required documents to SOPHAS and to UNC by department deadlines listed in our Gillings Program Search – links below. We recommend that you allow 4 weeks for your application to be received by UNC.

Check out our Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS 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. Begin the application process: click link(s) below to view the requirements and procedures that apply to you. See our tuition and fees page for related information.

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Master of Public Health (MPH) Programs Show Details

Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH Residential)

At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, our signature philosophy is that there is no difference between global health and public health. Designed to train current and aspiring professionals to solve public health problems locally and globally, the Global Health concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to advance the health and well-being of populations in diverse global settings. Through this concentration, students will partner with governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions and the private sector to develop, and analyze public health programs and projects that are aligned with local cultures, contexts and resources.

Master of Public Health in Maternal, Child and Family Health (MPH Residential)

The concentration in Maternal, Child and Family Health focuses on the determinants, mechanisms and systems that promote and maintain the health and safety of women, children and their families to enhance the future health and welfare of society and subsequent generations. The field is population-based and interdisciplinary to provide a strong foundation of knowledge, frameworks, and methods for program monitoring, process/impact evaluation, and program planning and implementation. Graduates are equipped with a highly adaptable toolkit to lead interdisciplinary efforts that require multiple perspectives and competencies in domestic and global contexts.

Women and children are the largest component of the population, but experience has shown that, absent categorical attention, their needs are not equitably addressed. Moreover, the health of this critical population provides key indicators of the well-being of the population as a whole across the life course. The World Health Organization’s current mission and global strategy reflect these realities, and women, children and adolescents are at the heart of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030).

Other Master’s (MHA, MS, MSCR, MSEE, MSPH) Programs Show Details

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential)

An option only for students who have, or are expected to have, a terminal health professional or allied health professional degree.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of Social Work (MSPH-MSW Residential)

A cooperative arrangement between MCH and the School of Social Work (SSW): Provides students with grounding in the major factors associated with maternal health and child health, principles and methods for improving the health of mothers and children, and principles and methods of program planning, management, consultation and policy analysis in the U.S. and in international settings. The program provides skills related to program planning, implementation and evaluation; limited scientific investigation; computer applications; interdisciplinary functioning; and consultation as they relate to maternal and child health. The program aims to develop a public health perspective consistent with population-based strategies for solving community health problems, addressing the responsibility of government and the contributions of scientific investigation and the interdisciplinary approach.

Master's-to-Doctoral Program Show Details

Master's-to-Doctoral Program (MSPH-PhD Residential)

Students earn the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree before enrolling in the PhD program. Students in the MtD program complete all requirements for the MSPH, and, if approved to proceed to doctoral study, all requirements for the PhD.

Doctoral Program Show Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Develops research scholars capable of producing and disseminating new knowledge and methods for the public health profession in the field of MCH. Each doctoral student is expected to develop and demonstrate competence in at least three areas: core Maternal and Child Health content, research methods, and a chosen area of ‘specialization.’ The specialization area is topic-specific and should be related to the area chosen for the student’s dissertation research.

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Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Online + campus visit(s))

***THIS PROGRAM IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW APPLICANTS.*** An option only for students who have, or are expected to have, a terminal health professional or allied health professional degree. Once campus visit before the start of your first semester is required.

Certificate Programs Show Details

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication (CIHC Residential)

Provides current degree-seeking residential UNC graduate students with specialized training in health communication. Courses are designed to build expertise for applied practice, academic, and research settings. IHC faculty represent 6 disciplines and conduct research on e-health, message tailoring, risk communication, health decision-making, dissemination, media effects, usability of electronic medical information, and health marketing. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential)

This 12-credit hour specialized educational option prepares graduates for a variety of public health informatician roles. Combining the existing strength of the SPH curriculum and the informatics curriculum at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), it will offer focused education with emphasis on public health information systems, information management and manipulation as well as evidence-based public health policy. The PHI certificate is envisioned as complementary to a graduate degree from SPH. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

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