Why Tulane School of Public Health
and Tropical Medicine?
Tulane opened the very first school of hygiene and tropical medicine back in 1912. We’ve really been “doing” public health since 1837 when Tulane first opened its doors as a medical college expressly launched to address yellow fever. The first formal course in hygiene was taught in 1881. The first DrPH degree was granted in 1914.
Our history is long and established. We were in Panama addressing malaria when the eponymous canal was being built. We wrote some of the first books on tropical medicine, with Human Helminthology in 1929 (by Carroll Faust) and Craig and Fausts’s Clinical Parasitology in 1937 (by Faust and Charles Craig), both landmark texts in the field for decades. So critical was the school and our faculty to the history of tropical medicine, the American Society for Microbiology named us a Milestones in Microbiology site.
We had the first female dean of a school of public health, Grace Goldsmith, a pioneering nutritionist whose early lab work pointed to the source of pellagra and established minimum requirements for niacin and tryptophan. We were also the first school to offer a joint degree with a school of medicine and our MD/MPH program remains the largest in the country today.
We were one of the first schools to participate in the Master’s International program and ours is the largest program in a school of public health today. Indeed, our international roots are long and strong, with decades-old programs in several Latin American countries, in Africa, and throughout Asia.
Where we are today
Our commitment to global public health continues to run strong and fuel our endeavors here and abroad. You can find us in resource-poor communities in Africa and Latin America conducting monitoring and evaluation, designing programs in Sierra Leone and Suriname; translating health systems analytics to help medical administrators make informed decisions in the next age of healthcare; addressing child survival in Cambodia and Mali, and studying the effects of the built environment on nutrition and physical activity right here in New Orleans.
Our faculty are on the cutting edge: developing transmission-blocking vaccines for malaria, examining risk factors for cardiovascular disease in China, searching for novel methods to deal with emerging issues related to reproductive and perinatal health, and responding to environmental health disasters by building capacity.
We are a top school of public health today and the only school that combines public health and tropical medicine, giving our students a unique educational depth and breadth unavailable elsewhere.
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