The Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health offers master’s and doctoral degrees.

An orientation at the start of the academic year helps students meet new friends and colleagues.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The redesigned UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program is for people who are passionate about solving urgent local and global public health problems. With a legacy of outstanding education, cutting edge research and globally-recognized leadership, the UNC Gillings School is creating the next generation of public health leaders through our integrated training program and 21st century curriculum. The Department of Maternal and Child Health hosts the Maternal, Child and Family Health and the Global Health concentrations.

Dual Master's

The dual master's programs provide a grounding in the major factors associated with maternal and child health, key principles and methods for improving the health of mothers and children, and core principles and methods for conducting program planning, management, consultation and policy analysis in the United States and across the globe.

Dr. Steve Marshall conducts class outside on a beautiful autumn day.
The student organizers of the 2016 GillingsX event (UNC Gillings' version of TED Talks) pose outside the venue with representatives from the Gillings Global Gateway.

Master's to Doctoral

The master's to doctoral programs enables applicants with a bachelor’s degree to pursue further graduate study that focuses on the maternal and child health populations.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree develops research scholars capable of producing and disseminating new knowledge and methods for the public health profession in the field of maternal and child health. 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 will be related to the student’s dissertation research.

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