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Degree Requirement - Maternal and Child Health Promotion

2024-2025 Matriculation

All courses are 1 unit unless otherwise noted

Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences can choose the Maternal and Child Health Promotion (MCHP) Program pathway. This allows students to build knowledge and expertise centered around evidence-based maternal and child health (MCH) interventions through a social and behavioral lens. The pathway expands core building blocks in social and behavioral sciences with latest content and methods relevant to conducting innovative and impactful maternal child health research.

The PhD degree requires a total of 15-course units. Course substitutions must be identified, and approved by the student’s advisor and DGS.

PhD Required Courses (6 course units)

  • EPH 508 Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health
  • EPH 600 Research Ethics and Responsibilities - 0 units
  • EPH 608 Frontiers in Public Health*
  • SBS 580 Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
  • SBS 610 Applied Area Readings for Qualifying Examinations
  • SBS 699 Advanced Topics in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • CDE 617 Developing a Research Proposal OR EMD 625 How to Develop, Write, and Evaluate an NIH Proposal

One of the following (1 unit):

  • SBS 574 Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention
  • SBS 541 Community Health Program Evaluation
  • SBS 593 Community-Based Participatory Research in Public Health

Maternal Child Health Promotion Required Courses (3 course units)

  • EMD 533 Implementation Science
  • SBS 594 Maternal-Child Public Health Nutrition
  • HPM 542 Health of Women and Children

PhD Electives in Methods or Statistics (3 of the following)

  • EPH 505 Biostatistics in Public Health
  • BIS 505 Biostatistics in Public Health II
  • CDE 516 Principles of Epidemiology II
  • BIS 621 Regression Models for Public Health OR BIS 623 Advanced Regression Methods
  • CDE 566/EHS 566 Causal Inference Methods in Public Health Research OR EMD 582/GLBL 716 Political Epidemiology
  • BIS 628 Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis
  • BIS 630 Applied Survival Analysis
  • S&DS 563 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
  • HPM 575 Evaluation of Global Health Policies and Programs

PhD Electives (2 course units)

Chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

*Students entering the program with an MPH or relevant graduate degree may be exempt from this requirement