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Funded by the HRSA Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau, the Tulane CEMCH seeks to improve the health of women, infants, children, youth and their families through development of the MCH workforce. We provide opportunities for training and experience for students at the School of Public Health, as well as current public health practitioners. Our program, guided by the twelve MCH leadership competencies, also collaborates with other members of the wider community.

Among our offerings is the CEMCH Scholar Program, which provides mentored self-development activities to help students become leaders in the field of maternal and child health. This four-semester program includes:

  • Coursework
  • Shadowing rotations
  • Service outreach
  • Self-reflection
  • Readings and discussion
  • 5-year development plan
  • Mentoring meetings
  • Conference opportunities

Eligibility Requirements for the CEMCH Scholar Program:

  • MPH students entering in Fall (or summer) 2017
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in the GCHB department
  • Enrolled in the MCH program

For the incoming cohort, Scholars will be expected to benefit from the following…

  • Completion of GCHB 6140, with tuition for this course covered by the MCHLT (Semester 1)
  • Shadowing rotations, of ten hours each, with six local organizations (Semesters 1 and 2)
  • Community service outreach with one local organization (Semesters 3 and 4)
  • Participation in workshops for development of personal and professional skills (1 each semester, Semesters 1-4)
  • Providing mini-lectures, on MCH interests and goals, to public health undergraduates at Tulane and Xavier (Semester 3)
  • Leadership lecture series based on readings focused on additional leadership attributes (throughout)
  • Additional personal development activities and meetings (throughout)
  • Support to national conferences (annually)

 To apply, submit:

  • an updated resume or CV
  • a cover letter detailing your interests in the field of maternal and child health and commitment to and interest in the Scholar program
  • your transcript (unofficial version is fine – if you are a student who started in the summer, please include your Tulane transcript, in addition to your undergraduate one)

Applications should be submitted by email to Shokufeh Ramirez (, by Wednesday, August 9. All applicants are also expected to meet by phone with program staff August 14 - 16; please indicate in your cover letter general availability for these days. (If none of those days work, please suggest an alternate day/time).

Decisions will be made prior to orientation, so that Scholars can enroll in GCHB 6140 in time to start the course at the beginning of the semester.

In addition to fulfilling course responsibilities, Scholars are expected to set aside an additional 5 – 10 hours per week throughout the school year, to enable their successful completion of other Scholar requirements.