The MPH Application


Prospective Students

Epidemiology: Dec. 1
Health Services: Jan. 1

Currently-Enrolled First-Year MPH Students

Autumn Quarter: Dec. 1
Winter Quarter: Mar. 1

The MCH Program is designed primarily for individuals with clinical or public health experience who seek graduate-level training to develop expertise in the design, conduct, and analysis of MCH research; and to assume increased responsibility for assessment, evaluation, program management, and policy formulation focused on underserved maternal and child populations in the United States. Applicants come from a variety of disciplines related to maternal and child health, including public health, pediatrics, obstetrics, family medicine, dentistry, psychology, behavioral sciences, nursing, nutrition, and social work.


The MCH Program strives to achieve a student body representative of the communities we serve. We are committed to recruiting students from diverse backgrounds in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual and gender identity/orientation, disability, religion, culture, socio-economic status, and geography. Find out more about our committment to diversty.

Financial Aid

A variety of financial aid opportunities are available for students including MCH Traineeships.

Application Instructions

The MCH Program accepts applications from both prospective students (not currently enrolled in either the Departments of Health Services or Epidemiology) and currently-enrolled first-year MPH students.

Prospective Students:

Applications are reviewed in Winter Quarter for admission to the program the following Autumn Quarter.

STEP 1: Identify an approprite faculty advisor
Go to our faculty page to find out whose research interests most closely match your own. Contact that faculty member to set up an in-person or telephone interview. If you are unsure which faculty member to contact you may email Melissa Schiff, MCH Director, at

STEP 2: Apply through your department
Apply to the Maternal and Child Health Program through either the Department of Epidemiology or the Department of Health Services, both in the School of Public Health.

Follow the application instructions for your selected department and choose the Maternal and Child Health track.

In addition to the materials required by the selected department, the MCH Program requires a supplemental statement of purpose. This one-page document should answer the following questions:

  • Why have you chosen to work in and study maternal and child health? What issues, individuals, or communities in the US interest you?
  • Describe your experience with programs, policies, or research affecting women, children, youth, or families. Be specific.
  • What leadership roles have you assumed in your educational or job setting(s)? Give examples of how your professionalism and skills in communicating, critical thinking, and decision-making helped you to improve the health of women, children, youth, or families.
  • How do you envision your professional role in US maternal and child public health five years after graduating? How will a MPH degree help you achieve this professional goal?

Questions? Contact:
Kitty Andert (Department of Health Services)
John Paulson (Department of Epidemiology)

Currently-Enrolled First Year MPH Students:

To apply to the MCH Program, contact:
Kitty Andert (Department of Health Services)
John Paulson (Department of Epidemiology)

You will need to provide a supplemental statement of purpose (see above directions) and meet with Melissa Schiff,, to review MCH program requirements, curriculum, and financial aid.

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