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.
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)
- FMSC 689 Research Internship (3)
- FMSC 710 Maternal and Child Health from a Life Course Perspective (3)
- FMSC 720 Perinatal, Child, and Adolescent Health (3)
- FMSC 730 Key Topics in Maternal and Child Health (3)
- FMSC 606 Ethnic Families and Health Disparities (3)
- FMSC 750 Family and Health Policy (3)
- FMSC 660 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
- EPIB 611 Intermediate Epidemiology (3)
- EPIB 651 Biostatistics II (3)
- FMSC 780 Qualitative Research Methods in Family and Health Research (3)
- FMSC 850 Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (3)
- Elective Public Health Course (3)
- Elective Course (3)
- FMSC 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research (12)
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.
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