Many of you attended a college or university wherein there was a common read experience for entering first year students. The Common Watch is similar – but instead of reading a book, we are all watching a movie. The purpose of the Common Watch is to provide you and other entering MPH students with an enjoyable and positive shared experience. We hope that the Common Watch experience will work to reinforce the message that engagement across public health disciplines is critical and an integral part of finding success as a practitioner. The Common Watch Program is designed to foster a sense of community between you and other students, faculty, and staff not just in your home department, but across the School.
When should I watch the movie?
You should watch the movie selected before orientation at the beginning of the spring semester.
Why a Common Watch Program?
This spring is different, students everywhere are embarking on a unique journey of furthering their education in the wake of a global pandemic. Here at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, we are actively striving to alleviate some of the concerns shared by numerous entering students by creating a sense of community and purpose for them through this common experience. Not only will you and other entering students be sharing the joys, frustrations and adventure of attending graduate school during a global pandemic, you will also be drawn together in a more intimate common experience even before you enter the classroom whether virtually or in the traditional sense. All entering students regardless of modality will be participating in the common watch program, established to ease the transition into their new academic environment. When students are ready, they will be able to transfer this experience to the journey of lifelong learning.
Benefits of a Common Reading Program
What is the Common Watch Movie?
The movie selected for the common watch experience is Contagion (2011 / PG-13). Contagion is a global action thriller that revolves around the threat of a deadly outbreak of a fatal disease and the people determined to keep it at bay. As the fast–moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. A stellar cast portray the dedicated doctors at the CDC and World Health Organization who rush to contain the outbreak of a new virus.
How do I access the movie?
Tulane University has the rights to use this movie for educational purposes. You can follow the link and login using your Tulane credentials you will be able to watch the movie on your computer, phone, or tablet.