Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Maternal and Child Health

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.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours

53

Expected Duration

4-5 yrs

Learning Environment

Residential

Dual Degree Options Available

No

Application Cycle

Fall See application details page for more info.

Application Deadline 1

December 1, 2020 See application details page for more info.

Application Deadline 2

December 15, 2020 Deadlines vary - see "Application Details" for more information

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply

Persons planning a career as a clinical or translational investigator who will assume leadership roles in research projects and research teams.

Enrolled Student Demographics

  • Total Enrollment 1620
  • Female 72%, Male 28%
  • Underrepresented Minority Students 16.3%
  • International 11%

Program Costs & Funding

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required

Graduate-level degree (master's or doctoral)

Required Prerequisites

Graduate-level degree (master's or doctoral)

Standardized Test(s) Accepted

GRE Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.

Standardized Test Scores

  • GRE scores are neither required nor typically recommended for applicants to the Master of Public Health program.
  • UNC Graduate School Institutional School Code: 0311
  • International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS standardized test scores.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary education and graduate education (including community colleges, summer sessions and extension programs) are required to be uploaded in the application.

Letters of Recommendation Required

3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)

Faculty-Student Match Required

Not required

Interviews Required

Yes

Work Experience Required

Yes At least 1 year of relevant, post-undergraduate work experience is required.

Visit Opportunities

Learn about opportunities to come to UNC Gillings to meet faculty, staff, and current students. If you are unable to come to campus – don’t worry – our representatives attend a variety of recruitment events around the United States as well as host virtual fairs and webinars.

During the Program

Required Courses

For a detailed description of all the requirements for this degree program please click here for the Student Handbook.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s)

Comprehensive written and oral exams

Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation

Dissertation

Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork

Teaching and research internships

Global Options Available

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities

Professor in colleges and universities; Senior Research Scientist at research organizations; intervention development

Example Job Responsibilities

Lead research focused on protecting/improving maternal/child health in domestic and global settings; Develop and/or evaluate programs and policy.

  1. Complete online SOPHAS application
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    • Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
    • Fee: 135.00+
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    1. IMPORTANT NOTE(S):

      See program details in GPS for requirements such as prequisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.

      • Application to UNC is a two-step process. Please apply separately to (1) SOPHAS and (2) UNC-Chapel Hill (via the Graduate School application). See SOPHAS website for complete checklist of SOPHAS steps as not all are listed here.
        Once your application is submitted, it will be verified by SOPHAS. You will receive an email from UNC soon thereafter prompting you to complete the Graduate School application. Components of the SOPHAS application will be exported to the Graduate School application system, but you will still be asked to answer residency and honor code questions, and upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s). UNC will have access to your SOPHAS application at the time you submit. However your application will not be reviewed until you've completed both SOPHAS and Graduate School applications.
    2. Applicants will need to enter all coursework information into SOPHAS and submit an official transcript to SOPHAS.

      • If you are admitted and choose to enroll at UNC Gillings, you will be asked for an official transcript showing degree awarded. International applicants need to have a WES-evaluated transcript for upload via SOPHAS, but a WES-evaluated transcript is not an acceptable substitute for an official transcript according to UNC.
    3. International students

      • International applicants need to have a WES-evaluated transcript.
      • You will upload your test scores, resume or CV and letters of recommendation to SOPHAS, and upload a Financial Certificate via the ApplyYourself system (detailed below).
    4. Upload your personal statement.

      • Please upload a personal statement that answers the following questions. Please restate each question. The statement should not exceed two, single-spaced pages.
        • What specific areas would be the major concentration in your doctoral studies? List minor areas of study if applicable.
        • What experiences have you had which are relevant to your education and career goals?
        • What research problem(s) might you want to address for a dissertation?
        • What career do you intend to pursue after the program?
        • How will a doctoral degree in Maternal and Child Health contribute to your career goals?
        • Identify 2-3 current MCH faculty members whose research interests are close to yours and explain why they would be an appropriate mentor for you.
    5. Enter names of recommenders. SOPHAS will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf.

        • 3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)
    6. Report test scores to SOPHAS.

      (GRE code 0311 routes to both SOPHAS and UNC. You will need to make two requests for TOEFL/IELTS scores to be sent to SOPHAS and UNC. Code 5688 routes to SOPHAS only, and code 5816 routes to UNC.)

      GRE test scores must be official and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). By selecting the UNC-Chapel Hill SOPHAS code, your GRE scores will be transmitted to SOPHAS and UNC. They must be no more than five years old (to the month) at time of request, or ETS will not send. TOEFL/IELTS scores must be no more than two years old.

    7. Mail official transcripts (from each institution you have attended) directly to SOPHAS. Do not mail these to UNC. If admitted, you will be asked by UNC for an official transcript.

    8. Check SOPHAS portal to track progress.

      Applicants should check the SOPHAS portal to ensure that all required documents have been received by SOPHAS.

    9. Do NOT apply to UNC Gillings via the Graduate School application until you've received an email with instructions.

    10. Note: Time-to-decision varies from program to program at UNC Gillings. UNC will not render a decision unless you have completed both a SOPHAS and a UNC Gillings Graduate School application.

  2. Complete online application
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    • Application Deadline: December 15, 2020
    • Fee: 95.00
    • Step Link

    (The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)

    1. IMPORTANT NOTE(S):

      See program details in GPS for requirements such as prequisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.

      • All UNC Gillings applications for graduate-level programs fall under the purview of the UNC Graduate School. Accordingly, you will apply to UNC Gillings via the Graduate School Application, and UNC Gillings programs will make admissions recommendations to the UNC Graduate School for final approval.
        Once a recommendation is finalized, you will receive notice via email from the UNC Graduate School. Throughout the process, most of your questions can be answered by your program contact.
      • NOTE: To be considered for UNC Graduate School scholarships, apply before priority deadline.

    2. Once your SOPHAS application has been received by UNC, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the Graduate School application.

      Although the Graduate School application will import some information from SOPHAS, you will be asked to answer residency and honor code questions, upload a copy of your transcript(s) and pay the application fee. Please only enter required information, and do not change the program/degree information. We estimate that this application should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

    3. Faculty interest(s)/mentor(s)

      • We do not require that you list faculty who support your application. Such information is not considered in the admissions process. You are asked to list faculty with whom you'd like to work; this information can be helpful to the admissions committee.
    4. Applicant information,  including North Carolina residency information.

    5. Educational history

      • Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript(s), including your current term grades, if applicable. (If grades are not yet available, send them to the UNC Gillings program contact as soon as they become available.) Be sure the transcript reflects the name of the institution and any degrees you received.
    6. Because you already applied via SOPHAS, you do NOT need to enter recommender information, upload a resume or add a personal statement.

  3. FYI: costs and funding (separate from the admissions process)
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    1. Check out our Costs and Funding page.

    2. Note priority deadline to be eligible for UNC Graduate School scholarships and fellowships. Departments will decide which applicants to nominate. No additional application required.

    3. Apply for FEDERAL financial aid by March 1 (please verify this date via FAFSA) via FAFSA. If you've been admitted and completed the FAFSA form by their deadline, the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will create a financial aid package for you.

    4. Department funding

      • Our department contacts incoming students regarding funding opportunities.
      • We consider all applicants for funding.
  4. FYI: application review process
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    1. SPH application review:

      • Interview
        • Department will contact selected applicants for interviews.
      • Department recommendation will be sent to the Graduate School for final approval.
        UNC Gillings will not render a decision unless you have completed BOTH the SOPHAS and UNC Graduate School applications.
    2. UNC Graduate School application review and final decision:

      • The UNC Graduate School reviews all admissions recommendations made by programs. Once final decisions have been made, the Graduate School will send you an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.
    3. NOTE: Financial aid is separate from the admissions process. For more information, please refer to our School's Costs and Funding page and/or UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA) website.

The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Department:
Maternal and Child Health
Credit Hours:
53
Department Information
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