Center of Excellence in Maternal
and Child Health (MCH)

Our interdisciplinary program is located within the Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Health Services, both in the School of Public Health.

We offer graduate degree training through several pathways: Master of Public Health, Concurrent Master of Public Health Degree Program, Extended Master of Public Health Degree Program, Graduate Certificate Program, and Doctor of Philosophy.

All pathways combine academic and community experiences to give students competency and knowledge in the five basic public health areas:

  • Epidemiology - public health research, including development of research questions, selection of study design, analytic techniques, and data interpretation
  • Biostatistics - data analysis and statistical methods
  • Health Services Administration - planning, management, and evaluation of public health programs and policies
  • Social and Behavioral Science - behavioral, biological, social, and environmental factors that influence health and illness in maternal and child populations
  • Environmental Health - environmental determinants of maternal and child health and disease

Our students come from a variety of disciplines including public health, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, family medicine, dentistry, psychology, behavioral sciences, nursing, nutrition, and social work.

Our program's main content areas of focus are women's health and vulnerable children and youth, including those with special health care needs and chronic conditions. Specific topics in these areas include:

Women's health:

  • contraception
  • sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
  • infertility
  • endometriosis
  • cancers
  • unintended pregnancy
  • premature birth / low birth weight
  • pregnancy complications

Vulnerable children and youth:

  • oral health
  • asthma
  • obesity
  • developmental delay
  • special health care needs
  • high-risk health behaviors

More information about research activities within the Department of Epidemiology is available at

More information about research activities within the Department of Health Services is available at

In recognition of our success in training public health professionals, our program is one of only thirteen MCH training programs in schools of public health nation-wide to receive financial support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. In fact, our program has earned this distinction continuously since 1984.

Information about our MCHB training grant is at University of Washington MCH Training Program.