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Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

Alumna Lacey Gero working at the Bureau of Family Health

David Hotchkiss, PhD
Interim 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.

About GCHB

Coming July 1, 2021, GCHB will transition to two departments: the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences and the Department of International Health and Sustainable Development.

The school is now recruiting for the inaugural chair of for the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences. The position description and instructions for applying can be found here.

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.

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