Maternal and Child Health, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students must complete 51 credits beyond the master's degree. Students must also complete a research internship, pass a qualifying exam, and complete a dissertation and oral defense.

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 (24 credits), a research methods core (15 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 defense, followed by 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.

Course Title Credits
Required courses:
FMSC606Ethnic Families and Health Disparities3
FMSC660Program Planning and Evaluation in Family Science3
FMSC689Research Internship3
FMSC710Maternal and Child Health from a Life Course Perspective3
FMSC720Study Design in Maternal Child Health Epidemiology3
FMSC730Key Topics in Maternal and Child Health3
FMSC750Family and Health Policy3
FMSC780Qualitative Methods in Family and Health Research3
FMSC850Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology3
EPIB650Biostatistics I3
EPIB651Biostatistics II3
Electives approved by Graduate Director6
Dissertation Research Requirements
FMSC899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits51