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Degree Requirements

Admitted Community Health Sciences (CHS) applicants with a specific interest in maternal and child health (MCH) expressed as MCH-oriented career goals, MCH practice/research experience, MCH publications, and/or MCH research interests may be eligible to become an MCH Scholar which includes a small amount of additional support from the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Maternal and Child Health.

Students with a master’s degree in public health or a related area may receive up to 32 SH of credit towards the 96 SH total. The 32 SH of credit will apply to the required 37-44 elective hours.

Students selected as MCH PhD Scholars will follow the CHS PhD curriculum, inclusive of the following adaptations specified below:

PhD Student Handbook

School-Wide Core Requirements (32-35 semester hours) Heading link

  • IPHS 520 – Foundations of Public Health (required for all PhD students without an MPH degree) (3 semester hours)
  • IPHS 599 – PhD Dissertation Research (minimum 32 SH)

Required Non-Credit Training Heading link

Divisional Core Requirements (2 semester hours) Heading link

  • CHSC 595 – Doctoral Seminar (1 semester hour – take two semesters) (2 semester hours total)

In the event that appropriate CHSC 595 options are not available, this requirement may be filled by taking appropriate sections of IPHS 595.

Course Areas Heading link

MCH PhD Scholars, as PhD students in Community Health Sciences, are required to take courses from three specific areas: 1) Community Health Sciences Theory and Methods, 2) Advanced Research Methods, and 3) Advanced Analytic Methods. Students must complete all courses from Community Health Sciences Theory and Methods, and at least three courses from the combined Advanced Research Methods and Advanced Analytic Methods lists, at least one course coming from each list. Registration in CHSC 593 is required every semester in the program.