Fall 2019 Course List  

Spring 2020 Course List

Official course descriptions taken from the UNC Graduate Record are below.

Additional courses may be added on a semester basis at discretion of the department. See UNC Registrar’s site for courses by semester.

Titles link to the syllabus for that course. Please note that some syllabi are for past semesters, so dates will not apply to future semesters.


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MHCH 626 MHCH 626 Violence as a Public Health Problem
Semesters Offered: Fall only | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Shanahan, Marshall

This course covers core concepts in violence prevention and control, including the epidemiology of violence, prevention strategies for inter-personal and intra-personal violence, behavioral models that describe power structures that reinforce personal and societal factors affecting self-harm and violence towards others, and violence directed towards children and adolescents.

MHCH 664 Globalization and Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Bruce Fried | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/03/hpm664_syllabus.pdf
This course is global.

Globalization–its economic, environmental, political, technological, institutional, and sociocultural dimensions–historically and currently contributes to beneficial and adverse effects on population, community, and family and individual health.

MHCH 680 Global Sexual and Reproductive Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Speizer | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-680.pdf
This course is global.

Featuring international experts from UNC-Chapel Hill and Triangle-based nongovernmental organizations, this course will offer a series of lectures, panel discussions, and debates to inform students’ critical thinking on key public health issues in global sexual and reproductive health.

MHCH 685 Human Sexuality
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Halpern | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/04/MHCH685_Syllabus_Spring2016.pdf

Through lectures and panel discussions this course will use a life span framework to examine selected aspects of sexual development, including perspectives on sexuality; the physical self; sexual attraction, behavior, and relationships; and the implications of these factors for physical and mental health. No prerequisites; all students are welcome.

MHCH 701 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 2 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Shanahan | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/MHCH701fall2016.pdf

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. This course introduces the major issues affecting the health and well-being of women during the reproductive years, infants, children, and adolescents in domestic and international settings. First semester of a two-semester course.

MHCH 702 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Zvara | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-702.pdf

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. This course introduces the major issues affecting the health and well-being of women during the reproductive years, infants, children, and adolescents in domestic and international settings. First semester of a two-semester course.

MHCH 713 Research Methods in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Hussey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/10/Syllabus-MHCH-713_08_31_16.pdf

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. The art and science of MCH research, with an emphasis on applied survey research. Student groups will design and carry out a small survey, and present their findings in a poster presentation. Focuses on assessment of MCH population characteristics, secondary data analysis, and the evaluation of MCH programs. A practicum-based course. Three lecture hours per week.

MHCH 713L Research and Evaluation Methods in Maternal and Child Health Lab
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1 Credit Hour | Instructor(s): Hussey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/10/Syllabus-MHCH-713_08_31_16.pdf

Corequisite, MHCH 713. Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. The MHCH 713 lab, which is a companion course to MHCH 713, introduces students to statistical analysis using SPSS-PC and microcomputers. Two lab hours per week.

MHCH 716 International Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Tumlinson and Curtis | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-716-.pdf
This course is global.

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Course provides overview of critical issues including major theoretical frameworks, patterns and trends over time, and overview of history of family planning and reproductive health policy development. Three lecture hours per week.

MHCH 717 Field Training in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer | 2‑8 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Varies

A faculty-supervised field experience in maternal and child health research, community practice, program planning, and evaluation. Students are supervised on-site by department-approved field instructor. An additional field fee of $350 is assessed. Minimum of six weeks.

MHCH 718 Concurrent Field Training in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 1‑5 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): VAries

MHCH majors only. An elective, faculty-supervised field experience in maternal and child health research, community practice, program planning, and evaluation. Students are supervised on-site by department-approved field instructor. Students choosing this elective are not exempt from MHCH 717. Variable number of hours.

MHCH 722 Global Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Ongechi | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/CourseSyllabusMHCH722Fall2016.pdf
This course is global.

This course covers the main causes of maternal and under-five morbidity and mortality in developing countries and also the interventions, policies, and research which address these causes. Emphasis is placed on both distal and proximate determinants, measurement and indicators, and conceptual frameworks.

MHCH 723 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of MCH Programs
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Barden-O'Fallon | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/Class_Syllabus_MCH_723_Fall_2016.doc
This course is global.

This course provides the students with the basic concepts and methodologies needed to monitor and evaluate programs in maternal and child health both domestically and internationally.

MHCH 724 Abortion Care and Policy
Semesters Offered: Fall | 1 Credit Hour | Instructor(s): Curtis | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/MHCH-890-001-Fall-2016-Abortion.pdf

This course will provide an overview of the critical issues in abortion care and policy, both in the US and globally. We will cover the major theoretical frameworks defining abortion care and policy, and the epidemiology of abortion globally and nationally. We will analyze the public health implications of abortion policy, and evaluate the evidence regarding abortion care and its limitations. We will explore the historical, legal and cultural contexts of abortion. We will also explore the bioethical and clinical dimensions of abortion care and policy. The course will include multiple interactive sessions with experts in the field.

MHCH 728 MHCH 728 Introduction to Implementation Research and Practice in MCFH
Semesters Offered: Fall only | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Fleming

Implementation research and practice address the gap between the development of innovations in public health and their delivery in routine practice. Course provides an overview of core theories/methods in implementation research and practice, plus implementation determinants and strategies at the intervention, individual, organizational, and policy levels.

MHCH 729 Implementation Science for Global MCH
Semesters Offered: Spring only | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Peterson | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/Spring-2017-MHCH-890-001-Implementation-Science.pdf

This graduate level course is an introduction to implementation science with an emphasis on its application for global maternal and child health. The course will first highlight current challenges in global maternal and child health and the role of implementation science in addressing them, including the development of practice-based research activities and the provision of technical support for program implementation. The course then will define current implementation research frameworks and active implementation frameworks and describe the interface between improvement science and implementation science. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups and independently.

MHCH 729 Gender BasedViolence
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Martin | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/MHCH-890-Section-1-GBV.pdf

The MHCH Gender-Based Violence (GBV) course provides a forum for students to explore contemporary issues in GBV from both a research and practice standpoint. Students will be introduced to a myriad of domestic and international GBV issues, from intimate partner violence and campus sexual assault to sex trafficking. Students will become acquainted with the GBV-related work of many UNC faculty members and others as these persons will present lectures on their own work during many of the class meetings. The lectures will include information on both research issues and practice issues. The lectures will be designed to enhance students’ understanding of important GBV research topics and facilitate the application of this knowledge (and the learned skills) to real world settings.

MHCH 740 Problems in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer | 1‑3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Staff

Prerequisites to be arranged with departmental faculty in each individual case. Two to six hours a week.

MHCH 745 Health Transformation Implementation in MCH
Semesters Offered: Fall | 1‑3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Cilenti | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-745.pdf

This online course is designed to integrate the theory, research literature, and evidence-supported practices that promote optimal population health outcomes in maternal and child health. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 – the most significant health care system reform since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in the 1960s – offered opportunities for improving public health systems, health care financing and delivery, and ultimately, health outcomes for MCH populations.

MHCH 765 Clinical Support for Breastfeeding
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Sullivan | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/MRT-TI_MHCH-765_Clinical_and_Didactic_Course_Syllabus_Fall_2016.pdf

Master’s or clinical four-year degree required. This two-semester clinical course is structured to provide supervised breastfeeding support education in the context of clinical lactation services and public health practice.

MHCH 766 Clinical Support for Breastfeeding 2
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/MRT-TI_MHCH-766_Clinical_and_Didactic_Course_Syllabus_Spring_2017.pdf

Master’s or clinical four-year degree required. This two-semester clinical course is structured to provide supervised breastfeeding support education in the context of clinical lactation services and public health practice.

MHCH 801 Doctoral Seminar in Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Hussey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/syllabus-MHCH-801-v6sept2016.pdf

Prerequisites, MHCH 701 and 702. This seminar explores the origins of and developments in major maternal and child health policies and programs in order to understand their effects on the health of mothers and children.

MHCH 840 Maternal and Child Health Doctoral Internship
Semesters Offered: Summer | 1 Credit Hour

Enrollment in MCH doctoral program required. MCH internship to enhance doctoral training in areas of: Section 1: Teaching; Section 2: Practice; and Section 3: Research.

MHCH 851 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Olshan | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2015/12/EPID851_MCH851.pdf

Corequisites, BIOS 600 and EPID 600. Equivalent experience for students lacking the corequisites. Epidemiology of reproductive and perinatal health outcomes, including infertility, fetal loss, preterm birth, birthweight, congenital malformations, and infant mortality. Includes current knowledge regarding epidemiology of these outcomes and discussion of methodologic issues. Three lecture hours per week.

MHCH 859 THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Hussey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/MHCH-859-syllabus-Hussey-v23aug2016.pdf

Prerequisites, doctoral students, permission of the instructor. A survey of theoretical models used in MCH research and program development, and how those models are used to guide the formulation of questions, hypothesis testing, and evaluation. Fall.

MHCH 862 Maternal and Child Health Program Evaluation
Semesters Offered: Spring | Instructor(s): Angeles | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-862.pdf
This course is global.

Required preparation, knowledge of Stata or SAS; proficiency in inferential statistics and multiple regression analysis. Instructor permission required for non-second year MCH doctoral students. Program impact evaluation analytic skills seminar. Topics: selectivity, research designs, instrumental variables, difference-in-differences, fixed and random effects, regression discontinuity, matching, and selection models.

MHCH 992 Master's Paper
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Staff
MHCH 994 Doctoral Dissertation
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Staff

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