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Combined Degree Program with Chinese Universities

Department of Epidemiology partners with three Chinese universities. Chinese students can earn a Bachelor of Preventive Medicine (in China) and a Master of Public Health (at Tulane).

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and three Chinese universities (Nanjing Medical University School of Public Health, Medical College of Soochow University School of Public Health, and Fudan University) have partnered to promote academic cooperation and scholarly exchange through the 4+2 combined degree program leading to the Bachelor of Preventive Medicine (awarded by the respective university in China) and the Master of Public Health (awarded by Tulane University in the United States).

Purpose of the Tulane-China 4+2 Program

The 4+2 program prepares students to become leading public health professionals capable of addressing current global health problems through multidisciplinary approaches that apply the latest scientific knowledge.The usual period of study for both the bachelor's and the master's degrees is seven to eight years in China. The 4+2 combined program will offer the Bachelor of Preventive Medicine and the Master of Public Health in an expedited period, typically six years.

Through the 4+2 program, students will study basic and clinical medicine or other health-related coursework at their university in China that will complete all requirements for a Bachelor of Preventive Medicine degree (except public health courses) during their first four years. Upon admission to Tulane University, the students will complete the requirements for the Master of Public Health degree at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine during the next two years. The MPH requires a minimum of 45 credits, including public health core requirements, a practicum, and a culminating experience. The university in China will accept the credits earned in the MPH as the public health credits for the Bachelor of Preventive Medicine.

Criteria for Admission
  • Students must meet all requirements for a Bachelor of Preventive Medicine degree at their Chinese home institution with the exception of the public health courses. This study will be equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • Outstanding students must submit a formal application to Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with documentation of high academic performance and a letter of recommendation from the dean of their home institution.
  • Students must meet admission requirements to the MPH degree as established by Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee selection into the 4+2 program. All final admission decisions regarding the Master of Public Health degree program will be made by Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at its discretion as an independent academic institution.
Institutional Responsibility

Home Institution Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and recommend outstanding students for the 4+2 program.
  • Provide undergraduate education for the Bachelor of Preventive Medicine Degree for the 4+2 program students.
  • Facilitate the visa application process and other student services.
  • Accept the public health course credits from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and confer the Bachelor of Preventive Medicine degree to the 4+2 program students who fulfill all requirements for the degree.
  • Offer other services and assistance as need dictates and as mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Responsibilities:

  • Determine the final selection of students for admission into the 4+2 program.
  • Facilitate students’ visa applications and other student services, such as English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in the summer prior to matriculation in the MPH program.
  • Provide academic advising for students.
  • Ensure that the 4+2 students will have the same rights and privileges as well as follow the same policies and regulations defined for all Master of Public Health degree students at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
  • Confer the Master of Public Health degree to the 4+2 program students who successfully fulfill all requirements for the degree.
Application Process

Students Accepted and Enrolled in the 4+2 program at Tulane

  • Apply to the Tulane University MPH program and provide evidence of academic achievement.Obtain the required visa and other documents needed for study in the U.S.
  • Travel to and from New Orleans, Louisiana USA
  • Pay the tuition and fees for the MPH degree
Contacts

For Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine:

Jiang He, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000, #8318
New Orleans, LA 70112-2699
Tel: (504) 988-5165
Email: jhe@tulane.edu

For Fudan University School of Public Health:

Gengsheng He, MD, PhD
Professorand Assistant Dean
138 Yi Xue Yuan Road
Shanghai 200032, China/
Tel: (86 21) 5423 7272
Email: gshe@shmu.edu.cn

For Nanjing Medical University School of Public Health:

Feng Chen, PhD
Professor and Dean
818 Tianyuan East Road
Nanjing, Jiangsu 211166, China
Tel: (86 25) 8686-8435
Email: fengchen@njmu.edu.cn

For Soochow University College of Medicine School of Public Health:

Yonghong Zhang, MD, PhD
Professor and Dean
199 Renai Road
Suzhou 215123, China
Tel: (86 512) 6588-5625
Email: yhzhang@suda.edu.cn

 

Download an information sheet about the program.

 

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