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Department of

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Our mission is to optimize the health and well-being of individuals, families, and populations across the life course through public health science, teaching and practice locally, nationally, and globally.

Learn about the life Course framework


What We Do

The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health is dedicated to improving health throughout the life course worldwide. We train research scientists, public health leaders, and health professionals to excel in careers related to a broad spectrum of population, family, and reproductive health issues.

Department Highlights

Alumni Network

1,000+ alumni living in 50+ countries

Research and Practice

Seven centers and initiatives enhance your education

MCH Center of Excellence

Recipient of Maternal and Child Health grants from HHS/HRSA for 70 years


Unique Field Opportunities

Students have recently been placed at GHEFP, UNICEF, International Health Research Institute, and WIC

Our Degree Programs

Master of Health Science (MHS)

Onsite | Full-Time | 1 year

The Master of Health Science (MHS) is a one-year program designed for students who are interested in advancing their knowledge in one of the department’s content areas and strengthening their research and analytic skills.



Master of Health Science (MHS) Online

Online | Part-Time | 1 year - 3 years

The MHS Online program is designed for professionals to further their career and enhance skills in program evaluation, research methods, and life course perspectives. The area of interest that is currently available online is Maternal and Child Health.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

Onsite | Full-Time | 2 years

The MSPH is a two-year program in which students gain practical knowledge and skills in life course, population, program management, policy, quantitative methods, and core PFRH areas of interest.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Onsite | Full-Time | 4 years

The emphasis of the PhD program is to integrate coursework in life course, population and core PFRH areas of interest with the application of a range of research methods to these areas.

Faculty Spotlight

Michele R. Decker, ScD,

studies social determinants of women's health and gender equity, gender-based violence, prevention, and implications for sexual and reproductive health.

Michele Decker

Job Opportunities

Support Our Department

This work is made possible in part by contributions to from generous donors.