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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Education Happenings

New Degree Program

BA/MSPH in Population, Family and Reproductive Health

PFRH is delighted to partner with the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to newly offer a joint BA/MSPH degree program.  The program offers early graduate school admission to JHU juniors/seniors majoring in Public Health Studies.  Admission will serve as entry to the two-year professional MSPH degree program in the Department. For more information, please visit the BA/MSPH degree program.

MCH Training Grant Student Projects and Postdoctoral Fellowship

Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

The Center of Excellence (COE) in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in Education, Science and Practice Program has supported graduate education in the department for more than 60 years! Among its many activities, it provides funding for students to undertake projects in collaboration with local and state health departments. Two doctoral students, Blair Berger and Carrie Wolfson, are collaborating on a study of the association between advanced maternal age and adverse birth outcomes among women with and without pre-existing and pregnancy-related health conditions using data from the Maryland Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitory System (PRAMS) survey between 2004-2015. The study is particularly relevant given the increasing age of childbirth reported for national vital statistics and the high percentage of births to women aged 35 years and older in Maryland.

The postdoctoral supplement of the COE has another successful transition for its fellows. Congratulations to Roxanne Mirabal-Beltran who will be starting a position as an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Georgetown University. We also are delighted welcome two new postdoctoral fellows to the program, Karen Grace and Ann Hebert.   Karen Grace is a Certified Nurse-Midwife who earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  Her dissertation focused on reproductive coercion among low income Latina women.  Previously, she completed a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Ann Herbert graduated with a PhD from PFRH.  Findings from her thesis led to the Growing Girls Project focused on addressing the needs of girls’ experiencing puberty in Baltimore City.  Ann also holds an MPP from the University of Chicago and joins us after spending the past year as a postdoctoral fellow with the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. We have one additional postdoctoral fellowship position, available immediately.  Please visit our webpage for more information.


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