Maternal and Child Health


Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD MHCH Fall* December 15, 2020*
Master’s MSPH MHCH Fall* December 15, 2020*
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 15, 2020 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions

Master’s:  Meghan Shanahan,

Doctoral:  Kat Tumlinson,

Graduate Coordinator Cindy Reilly
Address Maternal & Child Health
CB# 7445, 401 Rosenau Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-966-2018
Test Requirements
GRE (general) score within last 5 years; waived for individuals who hold a prior doctoral degree from a U.S. institution
Letters of Recommendation 3 – (academic and/or professional)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Completed financial certificate
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Application Process Update
*For the PhD and MSPH, SOPHAS application must be submitted by December 1, 2020.

All applicants should apply directly to SOPHAS at  This is a two-step process.  Once your SOPHAS application has been received by UNC-Chapel Hill, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the UNC Graduate School supplemental application.  Most information will be imported from SOPHAS; however, you will be asked to answer residency and honor code questions, upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts and pay The Graduate School application fee.

MCAT or equivalent entrance exams taken within last 5 years can also be used as test requirement.

Personal Statement

Doctoral and MSPH-to-PhD

Please upload a personal statement that answers the following questions: Please restate the question, the statement should not exceed two single spaced pages.

  • What experiences have you had which are relevant to your education and career goals?
  •  What specific areas would be the major concentration on in your doctoral studies? List minor areas of study if applicable.
  •  What research problem(s) might you want to address for a dissertation?
  • What career do you intend to pursue after the program?
  •  How will a doctoral degree in Maternal and Child Health contribute to your career goals?
  • Identify up to 3 current MCH faculty member who has research interests that are close to yours, and explain why they would be an appropriate mentor for you.
*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.