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MPH in International Health and Development

The International Health and Development (IHL) Program at Tulane provides professional public health education in the underlying causes of the major health problems facing developing societies as well as approaches to assess prevalence and consequences, address the problems, and assess the effectiveness of mitigation efforts.    

Students who pursue this program of study will develop expertise in one or more of health areas, gain the methodological expertise necessary to assess and mitigate public health problems as well as evaluate program effectiveness. The curriculum and applied learning opportunities draw upon Tulane's extensive overseas research, technical assistance work, and nearly four decades of experience in providing leadership training in international health to students from around the world.

Program Competencies
  • Identify, assess, and prioritize key global public health problems linked to development in low-and-middle income countries and vulnerable populations.
  • Describe and evaluate the roles and relationships of organizations influencing global health, and key sources of funding for global health programs.
  • Select and apply public health assessment and analytical methods to evaluate and describe global health problems, policies, and programs in low-and-middle income countries.
  • Describe and design a theory-based public health intervention or program.
  • Identify, assess, and explain health disparities across population sub-groups; and select and justify potential interventions at the intersection of health and social structures, culture, gender, poverty, place, and power.
  • Develop a plan to monitor and evaluate a public health intervention or program, based on a theory of change.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in an IHL content area.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Public Health in International Health and Development program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH degree in International Health and Development requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Required Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods 1 (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and behavioral aspects of global health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MPH in IHL - Required Courses (18 Credits)

GCHB 6240 Health Problems of Developing Societies (2) (students take this during their first semester)

  • GCHB 6200 Evaluation of Program Interventions in Global Health (3)*
  • GCHB 6270 Monitoring of Program Interventions in Global Health (3)**
  • GCHB 6110 Program Planning for Public Health (3)
  • Content courses selected in consultation with advisor (7)

* May be substituted by TRMD 6200 Impact Evaluation (3)
** May be substituted with GHSD 6270 Monitoring for Program Management (3)

Content Skills Courses: minimum of 7 credits from interrelated courses to be formally approved by your adviser prior to commencing the coursework. Below are some illustrations of content areas.

Reproductive and Sexual Health:

  • GHSD 6760 Health Systems Strengthening: International Family Planning (2)
  • GCHB 6870 Adolescent Health Policies and Programs (3)
  • GCHB 7120 Monitoring and Evaluation of Maternal and Child Health (3)
  • GCHB 7020 Communications Research for Family Planning & Health (3)
  • GCHB 7210 Survey Data Analysis in Family Planning & Repr. Health Res. (3)

Population Studies:

  • GCHB 7800 Introduction to Population Studies (3)
  • GCHB 6850 Population-Environment Theory and Evidence (3)
  • GHSD 6760 Health Systems Strengthening: International Family Planning (2)
  • GCHB 7200 Development Issues: Theory and Measurement (3)
  • GCHB 7350 Development Issues: Mortality: Measurement, Trends and Differentials (3)


  • GCHB 7140 Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Programs (3)
  • GCHB 7070 The Social Determinants of HIV/AIDS (3)
  • GCHB 7020 Communications Research for Family Planning & Health (3)
  • GCHB 7800 Introduction to Population Studies (3)
  • EPID 7210 Epidemiology of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections

Complex Emergencies:

  • GCHB 6320 Program Skills in Crisis and Transition Settings (2)
  • GCHB 6310 Public Nutrition and Health in Complex Emergencies (2)
  • GEHS 6930 Populations Issues in Disaster Management  (3)
  • GEHS 6950 Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters (3)

Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition:

  • GCHB 6510 Essential Issues in Maternal and Child Health (3)
  • GCHB 7210 Survey Data Analysis in Family Planning & Repr. Health Res. (3)
  • GCHB 7510 Maternal and Child Health: The Life Course Perspective (3)
  • GCHB 7120 Monitoring and Evaluation of Maternal and Child Health (3)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All International Health students complete a 300 hour practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually completed after core courses are completed.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

Students in the MPH in International Health conduct a public health analysis.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Richard Oberhelman, MD

Program Director: Katherine Andrinopoulos, PhD

Department Administrator: Gale Marie Abass


Phone: (504) 988-5391

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