Welcome to the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB)! GCHB is dedicated to the promotion of optimal health and preparing the next generation of public health professionals through teaching, research, and partnering with communities globally. Our goal is to apply lessons learned from domestic and international programs and research, seeking better ways to develop, deliver, and evaluate public health initiatives at the community level.
Our research and training programs range from New Orleans-based programs to global efforts involving multiple countries around the world. For instance:
- The Prevention Research Center has researched the impact of salad bars on nutritional choices in New Orleans schools;
- Faculty in our Maternal Child Health section are investigating the genetic markers of stress in a longitudinal community-based cohort of children aged 5 to 15 years from inner-city New Orleans neighborhoods;
- The Center for Global Health Equity has worked directly with the ministry of health in Ethiopia to develop national electronic medical records system and uses iPad and smart phone technology to improve to improve health outcomes in remote areas.
We have now expanded as of July 1 and the school’s International Health and Development program is now based out of GCHB. We are excited to welcome faculty to our department whom we have already been working with through the years. The result of this change makes us one of the largest, deepest, and most diverse departments of community health and behavioral science among the accredited schools of public health.
As always, most of our research and service activities are community-based, working at the grassroots level through communities, clinics, schools, or hospitals to find practical solutions to public health problems or to implement programs to prevent morbidity and mortality in diverse populations.
We encourage you to learn more about our five academic sections:
We also have a strong doctoral program, with both PhD and DrPH tracks.
Students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees are trained to assess the social and behavioral underpinnings of health problems, implement prevention programs addressing them, and evaluate those programs. The health problems addressed vary widely, including prevention of smoking, obesity, and HIV/AIDS, as do the settings, from developing countries to inner cities in the U.S. Faculty in GCHB are educated in diverse fields, including psychology, sociology, economics, demography, anthropology, communications, epidemiology, medicine, and other fields.
We invite you to look around and learn about the range of our experience and ways we can help you to achieve your academic and professional goals.