In the News....  

Jinying Zhao major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder target of $3.13 million Tulane study

Tulane University has received a five-year $3.13 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the causes of major depressive disorder (MDD). "Major depressive disorder is a devastating psychiatric disorder that affects millions of Americans," says Dr. Jinying Zhao, associate professor of epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and principal investigator. >read more 


More News...



PhD Scholarships

The Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine invites applications from outstanding candidates for the Ph.D. Scholarship.  Areas of research and study include Cardiovascular/Kidney Disease Epidemiology, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Cancer Epidemiology, Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, and Reproductive Epidemiology. The Ph.D. scholarship includes full tuition scholarship in addition to a $24,000 stipend/year for the first two years of study.  Future funds are available from on-going research programs within the department. Applicants must display a record of superior academic achievement, evidenced by successful completion of a master's program in epidemiology or related areas, outstanding GRE scores, and abilities in research.  Only exceptional candidates will be considered.  Completed applications must be received in the Tulane SPHTM Office of Admissions via SOPHAS no later than December 1, 2014.

Applications to Graduate School may be made on-line through:

Copies may be sent to Jiang He, M.D., Ph.D. Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue SL 18, New Orleans, LA 70112

 Open Faculty Positions

  • The HCA Regents Chair in Population Genetics
  • Tenure-Track Faculty Postions in Cardiovascular Disease and Genetic Epidemiology 


About the Department of Epidemiology


Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is to play a leading role in the improvement of global public health.  This is accomplished through our programs of research, education and service at the local, national and international level. 

The Department of Epidemiology has substantial research expertise in the epidemiology of cardiovascular/renal diseases, infectious diseases, reproductive health, cancer, environmental health, genetic and molecular epistemology, outcomes research, clinical trials and epidemiologic methodology.

We have a long history of and a strong commitment to training the next generation of global public health leaders.   Classroom instruction is enhanced by unique field and research opportunities and strong mentorship. 

Specifically, we seek to:

  • Advance knowledge with respect to a wide range of critical threats to public health through our research efforts;
  • Translate this research knowledge into relevant training for the next generation of public health professionals, both in the classroom and through experiential learning opportunities; and
  • Apply that knowledge in a wide range of service and practice activities and programs that have a direct impact on the public health of communities around the world.

 The Department stresses the development of analytic and technical skills that will give students a comparative advantage in future employment.

The Department offers the following degrees: master of public health (MPH), master of science (MS), master of science in clinical research (MS), doctor of public health (DrPH), doctor of philosophy (PhD), interdisciplinary doctor of public health (DrPH) and a combined doctor of medicine/master of public health degree (MD/MPH) and doctor of medicine/doctor of philosophy degree (MD/PhD). 



Department of Epidemiology, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-6809


Annual Reports




Department of Epidemiology, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-6809