Tulane is a proud member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 63 universities with “pre-eminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” Tulane is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with “very high research activity”, a classification shared by only 2 percent of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation nationwide. Tulane was ranked among the top 15 national universities for 2016 by U.S. News and World Report.
The Tulane BIRCWH Program builds on the research expertise within the Tulane health sciences. The health sciences at Tulane includes three schools, i.e., the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine-SPH, the School of Medicine-SOM (including the Tulane National Primate Research Center), and the School of Science and Engineering-SSE. Together, these units provide a broad array of opportunities for education and research from the bench sciences to the population sciences. The faculty competes successfully for peer-reviewed grants with sponsored research funds totaling more than $170 Million in the past fiscal year. In FY11, Tulane received sponsored awards totaling $32.4 Million for projects related to women’s health.
Tulane SPH is the only school of public health and tropical medicine in the United States, with approximately 125,000 square feet of floor space comprising large classrooms, small conference seminar rooms, newly renovated computer and research laboratories and classrooms, almost all of which are equipped for state-of-the-art distance education. Tulane SOM is the 15th oldest medical school in the nation and was the first medical school in the deep South. It has a rich tradition of research excellence, including two Nobel Laureates. The SOM facilities are physically located on the Tulane health sciences downtown campus adjacent to the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, and provide more than 550,000 square feet of floor space. Included in the medical school complex are research and teaching laboratories, the medical library, a large auditorium, various conference rooms and classrooms, and administrative offices. The Tulane SSE provides an environment that is research-intensive, interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and responsive to the needs of the community. The research facilities in each of these schools will be available to the BIRCWH Scholars.
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