Richard Oberhelman, MD
Chair and Professor
Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Faculty in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences conduct community-based research and prepare future generations of highly-skilled and culturally competent public health professionals to design and implement public health programs that address health disparities - and the social and behavioral factors underlying these disparities - in partnership with domestic and international organizations and communities.
The Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB) is led by faculty who are internationally recognized leaders in the areas of health and behavior, health disparities, and the social and behavioral underpinnings of these disparities. Faculty are also at the forefront of the development of best practices in the design, implementation, and evaluation of community-based health programs serving diverse domestic and international populations.
The academic programs focus on professional skills for designing, monitoring, and evaluating public health programs in domestic and international settings.
Our programs share a common vision: for all communities – identified through class, gender identity, geography, nationality, race and ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation - to enjoy equal opportunities for achieving optimal health and well-being.
Areas of special interest include community resiliency, eHealth, food security, health equity and health disparities, infectious diseases, mental health, monitoring and evaluation, over- and under-nutrition, physical activity, population studies, reproductive health, sexual health, violence, and wellness.