Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Director of the MPH Program in Epidemiology
Co-director of the Tulane University Diversity in Translation and Implementation Research in Cardiovascular Disease program
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Jeanette Gustat headshot

Education & Affiliations

PhD, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
BA, Valparaiso University


Dr. Jeanette Gustat's primary research interest is in the assessment of how behavior and the physical environment impacts health outcomes. Her training is in nutritional epidemiology, and she has focused primarily on health outcomes of physical inactivity, obesity and cardiovascular risk factors. She is a co-investigator of the Tulane Prevention Research Center and the Bogalusa Heart Study.  She is a part of the Physical Activity Policy Research Network of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and researches physical activity policies on both national and statewide levels. She is also Chair of the Equity Scorecard Committee as part of the Anti-racism Taskforce. Gustat has also worked with members of the New Orleans' community to develop and implement an intervention to increase physical activity in the community. She has been funded by the NIH, CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the Tulane Center for Public Service. She is the course director for the core methods course in the department and teaches an undergraduate course in nutrition and chronic disease.

Research Areas

  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Determinants of physical activity and obesity including social and built environments and policies affecting these areas
  • Health disparities

Honors & Awards

  • 2013: Excellence in Teaching Award, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • 2013: Research Seed Grant Award - US Play Coalition
  • 2000, 2001, 2002: Young Faculty Research Award, American Federation for Medical Research/Southern Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Election to the National Prevention Research Centers' Research and Evaluation Committee Chair
  • Delta Omega, Eta Chapter 


View Dr. Gustat's publications at her NCBI profile page.


EPID 6220 Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
SPHU 3200 Nutrition and Chronic Disease
SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health
EPID 6050 Nutritional Epidemiology
SPHU 3170 Foundations in Epidemiology
AGST 7020 Introductory Seminar in Aging 1
AGST 7080 Topics in Aging Research
EPID 7110 Spatial Epidemiology