University of Maryland - College Park

School of Public Health

Maternal and Child Health (Department of Family Science)


University of Maryland

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Ph.D. program in Maternal and Child Health provides interdisciplinary training in research, practice, and policy relevant to health problems and services for women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families. 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. The program equips students to address MCH issues at both the family and population levels. It is unique in its focus on the whole family system and family health policy. The Ph.D. program requires 48 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree, including a maternal and child health core (24 credits), a research methods core (12 credits), and the dissertation (12 credits). Applicants to the MCH Ph.D. program must have completed all of the requirements for a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree or a social/behavioral science master’s degree that focuses on family, maternal, and/or child health issues (including mental health) prior to their acceptance into the program. Prior to entry, students must also have completed at least one semester of a university-supervised, graduate-level professional experience in a public health or mental health setting. Students without the five M.P.H. core courses (biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and health behavior) must complete missing courses within one academic year of their entry into the program.


Council on Education for Public Health/CEPH (accreditation currently underway)

International Student Requirements:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 233 or above on the computer based test (CBT) (with a writing score of 4.0 or above) or a score of 100 and above on the internet based test (IBT)(with a writing score of 26 or above) may qualify an applicant for full admission. Graduate applicants should register for a TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE). If you are unable to do so, or if your TWE score is lower than 4.0, you will be required to write two essays, which will be evaluated during International Student Orientation, if you are admitted. Non-native speakers of English who have earned a degree from the United States, United Kingdom, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and common wealth Caribbean are exempt from presenting TOEFL scores.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

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