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Master of Public Health

Maternal and Child Health

As a concentration area of the Master of Public Health, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program centers on  the study of determinants, mechanisms and systems associated with overall health for women, children and families.  MCH covers a broad spectrum of study from reproductive health, (e.g., family planning, preconception care and perinatal health outcomes) throughout childhood and adolescence. The MPH degree provides training in MCH policy, program management and evaluation, and the application of public health research methods to maternal and child health issues at the global, federal, state and community levels.

The 42 credit hour program is designed for individuals who will manage (plan, execute and evaluate) MCH programs, conduct public health research on MCH issues, or work to affect MCH policy. The program can also be readily customized to professionals who work with children with special health care needs. There is also an option to study Global Public Health and Maternal and Child Health.


Career Opportunities

The MPH degree in maternal and child health will prepare students to define public health needs related to MCH, design public health strategies and programs to address those needs, and evaluate the effectiveness of policies and programs in meeting MCH objectives. Typical worksites for individuals with a MPH degree in MCH include local, state, national, and international public health agencies, non-profit community organizations, foundations, and universities.

Program Curriculum 

MPH-Maternal and Child Health Curriculum Checksheet


Prerequisite or Co-requisite
  • Human Development (>=3 credits of undergraduate, or higher, level course work)
  • Maternal and Child Health experience
Course Course # Credits

Required MPH Core Credits

  Total: 18

Applied Biostatistics I

BIOS 6601


​Biostatistics Lab - SAS*  
Biostatistics Lab - SPSS*
​BIOS 6603

BIOS 6604


EPID 6630


Environmental & Occupational Health

EHOH 6614


Foundations of Health Behavior

CBHS 6611


Health Systems Management Policy

HSMP 6601


Foundations in Public Health

PUBH 6600


Maternal and Child Health Required Core

Total: 12

​Maternal and Child Health ​CBHS 6621 ​​3
Maternal and Child Health Policy​ ​HSMP 6614 ​3
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology​ ​EPID 6644 ​3
Methods in Research and Evaluation ​ ​CBHS 6612 ​3

General Electives

Total: 8 

Maternal and Child Health Methods Electives ​3
Maternal and Child Health Topic Electives ​3
General Elective 2​

Practicum and Capstone

 Total: 4


PUBH 6606


Capstone Experience ​PUBH 6955 ​2



MPH concentration curriculum is updated on an annual basis. Students are required to complete the curriculum approved and in place at the time of matriculation.

Maternal and Child Health Methods Electives:
  • CBHS 6613 Program Planning & Implementation (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6620 Survey Research (2 credits)
  • CBHS 6622 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6624 Community Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • EHOH 6621 GIS for Public Health Research/Practice (3 credits)
  • EPID 6624 Public Health Surveillance (2 credits)
  • EPID 6626 Research Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EPID 6631 Analytic Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EPID 6635 Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases (2 credits)
  • CLSC 6663 Interventions for Children/Youth with Autism/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (3 credits)
  • CLSC 6668 Screening & Assessment for Children/Youth with Autism/NDD (3 credits)
  • Other public health research/practice courses approved by the Concentration Director or Advisor
Maternal and Child Health Topics Electives:
  • CBHS 6619 Public Health in the Global Community (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6623 Nutrition in Global Community (2 credits)
  • CHBH 5250 Contemporary Issues in School Health (3 credits) | UNC course
  • CHBH 5750 Public Health Issues in Reproductive Health (3 credits) | UNC course
  • EPID 6637 Injury & Violence Epidemiology and Prevention (2 credits)
  • EPID 6642 Public Health Genetics (2 credits)
  • HDFS 5280 Child and Family Assessment (3 credits) | CSU course
  • HDFS 6005 Parenting (3 credits) | CSU course
  • HDFS 6100 Risk and Resilience (3 credits) | CSU course
  • HDFS 6120 Adolescent Development (3 credits) | CSU course
  • HSFS 7400 Family Policy (3 credits) | CSU course
  • PSCY 5150 Women's Health (3 credits) | CSU course
  • CLSC 6653-6654 Key Concepts in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (2-4 credits)
  • CLSC 6666 Trans-disciplinary Model Early Intervention Service Delivery (3 credits)
  • Other maternal and child health topic courses approved by the Concentration Director or Advisor
Recommended General Electives
  • CBHS 6615 Health Literacy (2 credits)
  • CBHS 6628 Technology-Based Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6629 Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
  • CBHS 6630 Mental Health (3 credits)
  • CHBH 5050 Health Communication and the Media (3 credits) | UNC course
  • CHBH 5350 Effective Community Health Engagement (3 credits) | UNC course
  • HSMP 6602 Health Equity (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6605 Health Policy (3 credits)
  • HSMP 6606 Public Health Administration (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6612 Principles in Health Care Management (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6630 Grant Writing for Public Health Professionals (2 credits)
  • HSMP 6633 Management of Nonprofit Organization in Public Health (2 credits)
  • EHOH 6622 Public Health Emergency Preparedness-Community Resilience (3 credits)
  • CLSC 6661​​​​​-6664 Leadership Dialogues (3 credits)
  • Other general elective courses approved by the Concentration Director or Advisor 

Concentration Competencies
Identifier Concentration Competency (CN)
Scientific basis of MCH public health practice​ ​


Describe MCH problems in terms of time, magnitude, scope, location, co-occurrence and co-morbidity.



CN-MCH 2 Apply knowledge of demographic, health, familial, socio-cultural, environmental and community factors to the design of MCH programs and services.
Methodological and Analytic​ ​
​CN-MCH 3 Apply appropriate research methods including research design, sampling, descriptive and inferential statistics and validity/reliability assessment of measures.

Articulate the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative methods.


Use appropriate data collection strategies, including surveys, focus groups and record-based information.


Prepare, interpret and make meaningful inferences on the health of MCH populations from vital statistics, censuses, surveys and service utilization records and translate those data into information.

CN-MCH 7​ Conceptualize and appropriately use data to identify problems and assets and to plan, implement and evaluate programs.
Management and Communication
CN-MCH 8 Develop mechanisms to monitor and evaluate programs and service networks for their effectiveness and quality, including the use of performance measures.
Policy and Advocacy​ ​
CN-MCH 9​ Apply knowledge of significant past and current national MCH legislative mandates to the development and delivery of MCH services.

Apply theories and mechanisms of MCH policy development and implementation.

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