School of Public Health

MPH in Health Services

Application Due:
December 1

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Track

The MCH Track emphasizes policy development, program planning, management, and evaluation, health services research, and advocacy. Graduates acquire the skills to become leaders in improving the systems, programs, and policies that support the health of women, children, and families in the United States.


In addition to the Health Services General MPH Requirements, our students take several required MCH courses. The MCH curriculum includes health systems and policy, the life-course perspective, social determinants of health, and an understanding of the epidemiology of maternal and child health problems such as infant, child, and maternal morbidity and mortality, abnormal child growth and development, and early-life factors in adult health.

The MCH Seminar, held weekly in the fall and spring quarters, is where students learn about the core MCH competencies and identify and develop a thesis research project through feedback from faculty and students.


During the first year of the program students integrate classroom learning and professional experience through a practicum. They observe and learn from practicing professionals and engage with real-world public health challenges. We hold a virtual practicum workshop in the spring and invite regional MCH professionals to share practicum opportunities and resources that are specific to maternal and child health topics.


In the second year students develop a thesis, conduct original research and apply the concepts and methods learned in their coursework. The thesis focuses on a public health problem related to women, children, adolescents or families in the U.S. See our past student thesis titles, searchable by topic area.

Application Instructions

Application Due: December 1

If you are already enrolled in the MPH Health Services program and would like to apply for this track please contact Health Services Advising at

1) Apply Online. Follow the application instructions on the Health Services Department website. When you apply to the MPH program, select the Maternal Child Health/Women’s Health (MCH) track.

2) MCH Supplemental Statement of Purpose. You will upload this one-page document to your online application. The statement 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?

3) Interview with a MCH Faculty Member.  All MCH applicants must complete an interview (in-person or by phone/video chat) with one of our core faculty. Please read through our core faculty bios and contact the person who shares your research interests.