Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences 

Community solutions to global health issues

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:

Dr. Chen with Students in Taiwan course
  • 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.

And now, we are expanding! Beginning July 1, the school’s International Health and Development program will be 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 will make 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.

Check out our international field study courses here!
This summer in Haiti and Taiwan.

Walk to School Day

Community Health


Elderly in Taiwan - Safe Community Program

Health Education
& Communication


Mother and child

Maternal &
Child Health


Whole Foods Opening - Kale




Health and Development

Learn more about our doctoral programs. 

Looking for Practicum or Culminating Experience Info? Click Here


Upcoming Events

Summer 2015

May 18-29 M-F

Early Intersession

Jun 1-Jul 24 M-F

Full Semester

May 18-Aug 7 M-F


Jun 1-26 M-F


Jun 12 F


Jun 29-Jul 24 M-F


Jul 3 F


Jul 10 F


Jul 27-Aug 14 M-F

Aug 15 Sa

Late Intersession

Summer Graduates Degrees Conferred


Fall 2015

Aug 19-21 W-F

New Student Orientation

Aug 24 M


Sept 7 M


Sept 23 W


Oct 2 F

Culminating Exam: Part A

Oct 15-18 Th-Su


Oct 30 F

Culminating Exam: Part A retake

Nov 25-27 W-F


Dec 4 F

Dec 7-15 M-Tu

Aug 15 Sa

Last day of class

Exam Period

Fall Graduates Degrees Conferred


Future Dates (2016)

Jan 29 F

Culminating Exam: Part A

Feb 26 F

Culminating Exam: Part A retake




Congratulations to all of our graduating students!

And the SPHTM GCHB Awardees for 2015:

Elizabeth A. Bennett Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health: Glory Joy Grady

Caesar Corzantes Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health: Ana Elizabeth Bales

R. Elise Magnus L. Memorial Achievement Award: Ariana Avila

Community Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Nutrition: Ashley Marie Addis and Rebecca Ann Hofer


In the News

Tulane SPHTM research: chromosome component in children impacted by prenatal smoke exposure: Kat Theall, PhD, GCHB Associate Professor

It Takes a Toilet: The Next-Gen Commode that Powers a Town: Anoop Jain, GCHB Student

In New Orleans, an Actor Turns Grocer:Tulane University PRC

Rice Makes Your Brain Bigger: Tulane University Dietitic Interns

The Long-Term Effects of Spanking: Catherine Taylor, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor


Contact Info:

Contact us at or by phone at (504) 988-5391

Hours for student visits: M-F 9am-5pm



GCHBS, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5391