Department of Maternal and Child Health



Carolyn Halpern (32) Adolescent Health and Development, Sexual Health and Research, Methodology

Sandra L. Martin (40) Violence, Behavioral and Emotional Health of Children and Families, Substance Use, Prison Health

Herbert Peterson (01) International Health, Reproductive Health

John Thorp Jr., Preterm Birth, Birth Asphyxia, Episiotomy, Community Child Health

Associate Professors

Julie Daniels (71) Epidemiology of Reproductive Health, Infant and Child Growth and Development, Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Environmental Exposures Related to Reproductive and Developmental Outcomes

Lewis Margolis (43) Child Health Policy, Injury Epidemiology, Community-Based Public Health

Clinical Professors

Anita M. Farel (33) Program and Policy Development for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Public Health Practice, Professor of the Practice

Research Professors

Dean Fixsen Science, Practice and Policy Implementation

Jonathan Kotch (17) Injury Prevention, Child Abuse and Neglect, Health and Safety in Child Care

Ilene Speizer (15) Unintended Pregnancy Prevention, Evaluation of Reproductive Health Programs in Developing Countries, Adolescent Health, Male/Couple Involvement, Gender-Based Violence

Professors of the Practice of Public Health

Miriam Labbok (13) Breastfeeding, Global Health, Health Policy, Maternal Health, Minority Health, Nutrition, Public Health Practice, Reproductive Health, Women's Health

Diane Rowley (45) Health Disparities

Research Associate Professors

Sian Curtis (49) Contraceptive Use Dynamics, International Reproductive and Maternal Health, Monitoring and Evaluation Methods for Population and Health Programs, Multilevel Models, Statistical Demography

Clinical Associate Professors

Vijaya Hogan (76) Perinatal Epidemiology, Preterm Delivery, Infant Mortality, Health Disparities

Thomas Ivester Critical Care Obstetrics, Health Care Improvement, High Risk Pregnancy

Rohit Ramaswamy Methods and Tools for Implementation of Global Health Programs, Quality Improvement of Health Systems, Technology for Workforce Capacity Building

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dorothy Cilenti (36) Public Health Departments, Systems Development

Claudia Fernandez (31) Leadership Development, Leadership Issues in Healthcare and Related Fields

Assistant Professor

Alison Stuebe Breastfeeding, Maternal Depression, Lactation, Preterm Birth

Research Assistant Professors

Gustavo Angeles Health Economics, Research Methods, Program Evaluation, International Health

Shelah Bloom (73) HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Gender Context of Reproductive Health

Sherri Green (25) Maternal Health, Public Health Leadership, Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention

Dana Hagele Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics

Jon M. Hussey (34) Child Abuse and Neglect, Child and Adolescent Health, Injury Prevention, Population

Tamar Ringel-Kulka (41) Functional Foods, Probiotics, Obesity, Breastfeeding, Children and Adolescents Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Kavita Singh Ongechi (10) Child Survival, Displaced Populations and HIV/AIDS Orphans

Meghan Shanahan (67) Diagnosis and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

Clinical Instructor

Catherine Sullivan Breastfeeding, lactation, nutrition education and support services

Adjunct Professors

Bruce Barron, Managed Care

Joy Baumgartner, Family planning, HIV prevention, adolescent health, mental health

Jose Belizan, International Maternal and Child Health, Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Mary Benson

Pouru Bhiwandi, Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Women's Health, Maternal and Child Health

Deborah Billings

Dalia Brahmi

Gerard L. Breart, Perinatal Epidemiology, Epidemiology of Osteoporosis, Evaluation of Preventive Interventions, Clinical Epidemiology

Dorothy Browne, High-Risk Behaviors (Drugs, HIV/AIDS, Sexual Behavior, etc.) among African-American Adolescents and Adults

Paul A. Buescher, MCH Infant Health, Poverty and Health, MCH Program Evaluation

Cyril Engmann, Neonatal Care, Improving Under-5 Care, Quality Improvement, International Maternal/Neonatal Health

Judith Fortney, Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Developing Countries

Robert Foss, Health Behavior, Health Communication, Health Policy, Injury Prevention, Public Health Practice

Denise Hallfors, Adolescent Health, Community Prevention Programs, Substance Abuse Prevention, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Marcia Herman-Giddens, Child Abuse, Child Fatalities, Alternative Healing

Roy Jacobstein, Design, Delivery, Management of Clinical Reproductive Health, Family Planning, Child Health in Low-Resource Settings

Marian Johnson-Thompson

Michael Kafrissen, Clinical Reproductive Health

Baker Maggwa, International Teaching, Mentoring, Management of Public Health, Research Design, Methodology, African Region STI, HIV/AIDS

Robert Meyer, Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, Birth Defects Surveillance, Program Evaluations

Roland E. Mhlanga, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kevin J. Ryan, Statewide Delivery of Women's Health Services, Prenatal Health, Health Care Ethics

Joseph Telfair, Special Health Care Needs of Youth, Sickle Cell Disease, Community Education Needs Assessment

Thomas Vitaglione, Early Childhood Programming, Health Care Financing

Adjunct Associate Professors

Patsy Bailey, International Maternal and Child Health

Mary Jane Benson

Deborah Billings, International Family Health

Jennifer Culhane, Preterm Birth, High-Risk Maternal Behavior, Societal Impact on Prenatal Care

Joseph DeGraft-Johnson, International Reproductive Health

Abigail English, Adolescent Health Law

Alfredo Fort, International Reproductive Health in Latin America, Program Research and Evaluation

Jack Leiss, Women, Children and Environmental Health, Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes, Disparities

Kathryn E. (Beth) Moracco, Women's Health, Violence against Women, Program Planning and Evaluation

Robert Murphy, Child maltreatment, Mental Health Services for Child Trauma Victims

Krista Perreira, Child Development, Health Behavior, Health Care Delivery, Economics, Policy, Minority Health

Lucy Siegel, Program Development

Paige Smith, Breastfeedinng, Violence Prevention, Women's Health

Susan Spalt, School Health, Adolescent Substance Abuse, HIV

John Stanback, International Family Health

Jane Stein, Women's Health in Developing Countries, Social Determinants of Health, Evaluation

George Wehby

Nancy Williamson, Operations Research: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Reproductive Health Programs; Evidence-Based Public Health; Research to Practice, Integration of HIV and Contraceptive Services, Gender Sensitivity of Development Programs

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Joy Baumgartner, Family Planning, HIV Prevention, Adolescent Health, Mental Health

Dalia Brahmi, International Family Planning

Colleen Bridger, Global Health, Health Administration, Health Care Delivery, Health Communication, Maternal Health, Public Health Leadership, Public Health Practice, Reproductive Health, Women's Health

Martha Carlough, Maternal Health, Women's Health

Cecilia Casanueva

Paula Collins, School Health Policies, Wellness

Caroline Whitehead Doherty, Primary Health Care for Farm Workers, Health, Hispanic Health, Reproductive Health

Sandra Echeverria

Jean Fotso

Deborah Gibbs

Rodolfo Gomez Ponce De Leon

Phillip Graham

Elaine Hart-Brothers, Women's Health, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Education and Prevention

Linda Ippoliti

Heidi Bart Johnston, Reproductive Health

Eileen Kugler, Community Health Programs

Anu Kumar, Executive Vice President, Ipas

Wendy Lam

Gerri Mattson, Title V, Medical Home, Transition

Elizabeth McClure, International Health Studies, Stillbirth in Low-Income Countries

Kara Mcgee, Infectious Disease, Maternal Minority Health, Public Health Practice, Rural Health, STDs

Stephen Mills

Savithri Nageswaren, CSHCN, National Survey Analysis

Priya Nanda, Research, Programs, Policies Associated With Reproductive Health, Gender Equality, Poverty Reduction

Constance Newman

Heidi Reynolds

Susan Rogers, Demography, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

Catherine Rohweder

Catherine Sanford, Overdose, Pain Management

Elizabeth Tolley, Contraceptive and Reproductive Technologies, Pregnancy in Microcide Clinical Trial Research

Stephanie Triantafillou

Nana Twum-Danso, Public Health, Preventive Medicine, Global Health Policy, Strategy, Development, Quality Improvement, Health Systems Strengthening

Sarah Verbiest, Maternal and Infant Care


Kathryn Clark, Biostatistics

Jacqueline Resnick, Research Training, Proposal Development

Courses for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students


605 Survey Course on Breastfeeding and Public Health (3). This survey course will briefly cover the principal topics in this broad field of knowledge, including domestic and global issues.

610 Issues in Maternal and Child Health (3). Permission of the instructor. For students outside the department of MCH who desire a survey of current issues and programs in maternal and child health. Three lecture hours per week.

611 Nutrition across the Life Cycle (NUTR 611) (3). See NUTR 611 for description.

625 Injury as a Public Health Problem (EPID 625, HBEH 625) (1). See EPID 625 for description.

626 Intentional Injury as a Public Health Problem (EPID 626, HBEH 626) (1). See EPID 626 for description.

627 Unintentional Injury as a Public Health Problem (EPID 627, HBEH 627) (1). See EPID 627 for description.

664 Globalization and Health (HPM 664) (3). See HPM 664 for description.

665 Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (1). Eliminating health disparities is a national goal for improving the health of Americans. Little to no progress has been made on eliminating disparities among racial/ethnic subpopulations compared to the population of the United States. This course treats basic concepts about the origins of and contributing factors for health disparities.

680 Global Sexual and Reproductive Health (1). 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.

685 Human Sexuality (1). 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.

Courses for Graduate Students


700 MHCH Planning and Evaluation (3). (PUBH 700). See PUBH 700 for description.

701 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health (4). 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.

702 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health (4). Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Second part of a two-part course that 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. Second semester of a two-semester course.

704 Critical Review of an Infant Feeding Issue (3). This independent study will include selection of a research area that would allow preparation of a coauthored paper for peer-review publication on an approved subject related to infant and young child feeding and care and associated maternal health and nutrition issues.

705 International Family Planning (3). Required preparation, graduate study in MHCH. Permission of the instructor. Analysis of the family planning movement, its policies, operations and research, with emphasis on developing countries. Three lecture hours a week.

712 Program Assessment in Maternal and Child Health (3). Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Offers an opportunity for students to explore in greater depth a selected MCH practice topic. Students will learn how to provide consultation about a selected program activity.

713 Research Methods in Maternal and Child Health (3). 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.

713L Research and Evaluation Methods in Maternal and Child Health Lab (1). 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.

715 Maternal and Child Health Management (3). Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Students become familiar with organizational processes, management principles and tools required for effective management of health programs and facilities. A variety of learning techniques will be used. Three lecture hours a week.

716 International Family Planning and Reproductive Health (3). 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.

717 Field Training in Maternal and Child Health (2–8). 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.

718 Concurrent Field Training in Maternal and Child Health (1–4). 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.

720 Services for Children with Chronic Conditions (3). Permission of the instructor. This course focuses on the design, organization, and delivery of services for children with special needs and their families, and examines current program development and public policies. Participants analyze the range of services needed by these children.

722 Global Maternal and Child Health (3). 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.

723 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of MCH Programs (3). 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.

725 Injury as a Public Health Problem (EPID 783, HBEH 725) (3). See HBEH 725 for description.

726 Adolescent Health (HBEH 726) (3). Topics covered include the epidemiology of health problems, developmental issues, health services, and psychosocial influences on adolescent problem behaviors. Course materials are useful for research generation and practical application. Three seminar hours per week.

730 Reproductive Health Policy (3). Permission of the instructor. Participants examine forces that shape social policy relating to reproduction and differential impact of policy based on age and other factors. Focus on global controversies in reproduction/reproductive health services in context of human/women's rights. Three lecture hours a week.

735 Clinical Support for Breastfeeding (3). Required preparation, students must have a masters or clinical four-year degree, or be in such a degree program to be enrolled in this course. This clinical course is structured to provide supervised breastfeeding support education in the context of clinical lactation services and public health practice.

740 Problems in Maternal and Child Health (1–3). Prerequisites to be arranged with departmental faculty in each individual case. Two to six hours a week.

753 Violence against Women (3). Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Violence against women is examined as a public health problem. Areas investigated include definitional issues, prevalence of the problem, risk factors and outcomes, and community and medical interventions.

756 Understanding and Addressing Health Inequalities in the U.S. (PUBH 756) (3). Disparities in morbidity/mortality in subpopulations continue compared to other U.S. populations. Explore contributors to inequalities and identify strategies to counterbalance contributors to correct inequalities using public health resources. Three lecture hours per week.

757 Special Child Populations (3). Course focuses on two populations that warrant special attention. By examining these populations in one course, students are exposed to a range of contemporary issues that cut across childhood development.

760 Breastfeeding, Public Health, and Feminism (1). A transdisciplinary effort to address feminist perspectives and to emphasize the impact that gendered power dynamics and structured social stratification might offer for public health policies, priorities, and approaches related to breastfeeding. A series of public health constructs currently engaged by breastfeeding programs and policies provide a framework for discussion.

765 Clinical Support for Breastfeeding (3). Masters 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.

766 Clinical Support for Breastfeeding II (3). Prerequisite, MHCH 765. 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.

790 The Leadership Assessment Workshop (PUBH 790) (2). Intensive retreat program that introduces students to leadership theory as applied to MCH-Public Health issues. Course will focus on understanding self and others, building organizational culture, and applying leadership theory to MCH issues, among other issues.

801 Doctoral Seminar in Maternal and Child Health (3). 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.

802 Doctoral Teaching Skills Seminar (1). The goal of this 1-credit hour seminar is for participants to examine and apply the strategies and concepts underlying effective teaching in small groups and the lecture hall. Doctoral students will consider the characteristics of effective teaching and explore how to incorporate these characteristics into their own pedagogy.

803 Doctoral Research Skills Colloquium (1). Enrollment in the MCH doctoral program or permission of the instructor for nonmajors and master's students. This seminar is the second semester of a one-year research skills colloquium for all new doctoral students. The course addresses research, problem definition, proposal design, and development. One-hour seminar a week.

816 Implementing Global Health Interventions (PUBH 716, HPM 716) (3). See PUBH 716 for description.

817 Gillings Global Implementation Lab – Field Supplement (PUBH 717, HPM 717) (2). See PUBH 717 for description.

840 Maternal and Child Health Doctoral Internship (1). 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.

851 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (EPID 851) (3). See EPID 851 for description.

853 Advanced Topics in Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology (EPID 853) (2). See EPID 853 for description.

859 Theoretical Perspectives on Maternal and Child Health (3). Permission of the instructor. Doctoral students only. PA 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.

860 Conceptualization, Design, and Measurement (3). Prerequisite, MHCH 859. Permission of the instructor for nonmajors and master's students. The course follows the research process from the formulation of a research question and the design of a research methodology to the addressing of the question through the design of an appropriate analysis strategy. Three lecture hours a week.

862 Maternal and Child Health Program Evaluation (3). 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.

885 Health Services/Health Policy Research Methods II (3). An introduction to basic research methods central to maternal and child health policy, including an introduction to basic components of the research process such as developing research questions and conceptual models, and overviews of research designs, quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, primary data collection, and secondary data analysis.

886 Health Services/Health Policy Research Methods III (3). Prerequisites, MHCH 885. A modular course covering applications of selected methods covered in 885. Illustrative applications include implementation science, comparative effectiveness research, issues in mixed-method research, feasibility studies, and the translation of research to policy and practice. Applications are framed in terms of issues related to the MCH population.

890 Special Topics in Maternal and Child Health (1-3). Special topics in Maternal and Child Health for graduate students only. Content will vary semester to semester.

892 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Disparities (EPID 892) (1). See EPID 892 for description.

992 Master's (Non-Thesis) (3).

994 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (3).