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Degree Pathways

Master of Public Health

The MCH Program offers a two-year, in-residence interdisciplinary program that leads to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in maternal and child health through either the Department of Epidemiology or the Department of Health Services.

The concentration in epidemiology emphasizes epidemiological methods including evaluation of MCH problems, research design, biostatistics. The concentration in health services emphasizes policy development; program planning, management, and evaluation; and health services research.

Both departments require the completion of a practicum and a thesis. The practicum provides students opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the academic environment to community, state, or federal public health organizations. The thesis provides students opportunities to study public health problems in depth, using analytic and research skills. Examples of students' thesis topics are listed at

The MCH Program has strong links with many public and private health organizations in the Northwest. Practicum placements and thesis research can involve working with local and state health departments, area hospitals, private and community health centers, and other regional programs.

Because the field of MCH is interdisciplinary, our students complete course work within the School of Public Health and may take courses in other schools within the University of Washington, such as nursing, social work, and psychology, to gain in-depth knowledge of specific topics and populations. Students also acquire knowledge and skills in ethical conduct, leadership, and oral and written communication through course work, program-sponsored outreach activities, and in joint sessions with other University of Washington MCH leadership programs in neurodevelopmental disabilities, nutrition, and adolescent health, and pediatric pulmonary care.