The Maternal and Child Health Ph.D. program requires 51 graduate credit hours beyond the master's degree, including a maternal and child health core (27 credits), a research methods core (12 credits), and the dissertation (12 credits). Students in the PhD program advance to candidacy after completing required coursework and passing a written qualifying examination.  After advancement to candidacy, students must complete a dissertation proposal and oral defence, followed by a doctoral dissertation and oral dissertation defense.

Tips for Completing Your Dissertation

This program provides interdisciplinary training in research, practice, and policy relevant to health problems and services for women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families (including men). The MCH program prepares students to advance research, policy and practice to improve the health, safety, and well-being of these groups, with a particular emphasis on low income and ethnic minority populations.

Students admitted full-time to the Ph.D. program post-master's can complete this program within three years.

Program Courses (51 credits)

Graduate Forms

There are a variety of forms you may need to access during your graduate career here in the Department of Family Science. You can access those forms here.

Honor Pledge

The University has a nationally recognized Honor Code, administered by the Student Honor Council which should be handwritten and signed on the front cover of all your papers, projects, or other academic assignments.