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What is Global Scholars?

The Global Scholars Program strengthens students’ readiness to be a Global Health Professional by providing career development and cultural and social awareness in a dynamic cohort of School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine peers. Global Scholars Coordinators provide students two monthly seminars, monthly service opportunities, networking events, and one-on-one support. Global Scholars develop valuable skills for their International work and are a part of a unique community dedicated to international development and global health.

Tulane SPHTM has a long affiliation with the Peace Corps. Hundreds of graduates have gone on to pursue Peace Corps service where they have been able to directly use the skills learned in the classroom to assist communities around the globe. Participants gain insight from the experiences of the many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) at SPHTM, including the Coverdell Fellows, the Global Scholars Program Coordinators, and many faculty and staff. 

This new program is not limited to students going into Peace Corps. Students pursuing other international work and service opportunities are welcome to participate as Global Scholars. 

Join the Program

Participation and membership is initiated upon your arrival to New Orleans as a graduate student in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Program Requirements:

  1. Attend bi-weekly seminars throughout each semester.
  2. Engage in community service events with New Orleans partner organizations every month.
  3. Submit a reflection piece to contribute to The Internationalist.

Program Benefits:

  1. Develop technical skills for international work
  2. Gain professional skills from our Career Services programs
  3. Access extensive alumni database and networking events
  4. Be a part of a strong community of RPCVs and peers with similar passions
  5. Improve your language skills through Language Lab and conversational language groups
  6. Opportunity for Global Scholars Program travel funds– each year, Tulane SPHTM GSP offers five $1,000 travel grants to GSP members to help fund their expenses for international practicums and internships.

Example Curriculum:
Spring 2018

  • Cultural Humility
  • Compassion Fatigue in International Health Work
  • Medical Practices Across the Globe
  • Career Services - Interview Workshops
  • Emergency Disaster and Relief
Meet the Current Coordinators

Molly Pace

RPCV South Africa

Molly Pace is a Utah native and proud to call the state with the greatest snow on earth home. Molly studied public health and international relations at the University of Utah, as well as honing her hiking, skiing, biking, and hot tubbing skills. She is passionate about sexual health and reproductive justice and hopes to work in this field on a global level. Molly had the opportunity to serve in the Peace Corps in South Africa as a Community HIV Outreach Program volunteer, and hopes to return to the rainbow nation someday soon! She is excited to attend Tulane SPHTM to study International Health Development, and honored to co-lead the Global Scholars Program. Molly looks forward to letting les bonne temps rouler in New Orleans! 

Paul Tindall

RPCV Malawi

Paul was raised in amazing Richmond, VA (visit at your earliest opportunity) and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Political Science. After working for several years in his family's small business he joined Peace Corps and served as a Community Health and HIV/AIDS volunteer at the Ngabu Rural Hospital in Ngabu, Chikwawa district, Malawi, in southeast Africa. There he focused on the care and support of people living with HIV, especially building up the household economies of a historically disadvantaged group. The largest project he undertook during his time in Peace Corps was the establishment, among the HIV support groups in his area, of a goat pass-on program to provide a store of capital for families headed by a PLHIV. He closed his service in 2017 and went back to work before being accepted by Tulane to study epidemiology. He intends to go back into international public health upon graduation. He has the cutest dog in existence, as certified by the Guinness Book of Puppy Records. He also enjoys hiking, IPAs, SCUBA, and reading hard-science fiction novels.

The Internationalist


The Global Scholars Program magazine, The Internationalist, is published once a semester and is a collection of pieces submitted by current students, both at Tulane and overseas, as well as currently serving and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The magazine highlights different aspects of global health and international work from many different perspectives.

Check out the most current issue (Fall 2019).

The Internationalist Archives

Notes from the Field Archives (the first Peace Corps programs newsletter at TUSPHTM)

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) has been the number one Peace Corps Volunteer-producing graduate school for 5 years in a row (2014-2019). We are deeply passionate about the mission of Peace Corps and are dedicated to supporting volunteers throughout their academic careers.

RPCVs are considered to be valuable assets to the student experience here at Tulane. They offer a unique perspective on global development work and bring a more practical experience to the classroom. Tulane SPHTM supports students who are RPCVs by creating a community of like-minded peers where students can interact and connect with one another academically and socially. By including all RPCV students, faculty and staff into the activities of the Global Scholars Program, along with the official Coverdell Fellows Program, Tulane SPHTM creates a unique community dedicated to improving global health.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship

Tulane SPHTM welcomed its first Coverdell Fellows in the fall semester of 2017. The Coverdell Fellows program is an opportunity for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to pursue graduate studies with specific benefits such as financial assistance. To learn more about our dynamic Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship, click here or contact

Meet the Current Coverdell Fellows


Niesha Ford

Niesha was born and raised in Hayward, California (Bay Area) until she moved to Minnesota to attend a private women’s college called College of Saint Benedict. At Saint Benedict, Niesha studied Biochemistry and participated in various activities of service such as becoming a Big Sister in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization, being a swimming instructor for Special Olympics and serving as a co-leader on two service trips during spring break. Her love of service took her to Rwanda, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and implemented two projects in her community; one on increasing the diversity and availability of fresh foods and the other on Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH). Seeing the pervasive  nature of malaria and other infectious diseases in her community, Niesha decided Tulane’s SPHTM Tropical Medicine Department could deepen her understanding of these diseases and allow her to better help future communities in a research or program design capacity. Niesha is excited to be living in New Orleans and is happy to be apart of the global scholars family! She considers herself a certified foodie, who loves festivals, listening to music, and wandering. 


Caitlin Riddle

Caitlin Riddle is a MSW/MPH student at Tulane University. She is from North Carolina but calls New Orleans home. Caitlin has a Bachelors in Social Work from Michigan State University. After undergrad, she served as a City Year New Orleans Corps Member (2014-2015) before joining the Peace Corps in November 2015.  Caitlin served as an Education volunteer in Kabale, Uganda from 2015-2017, teaching phonics at Ndorwa Primary School. As she begins graduate school, she hopes to study violence as a public health issue, focusing on gun violence prevention and school discipline reform. Caitlin enjoys a nice cup of coffee, bicycle rides, and bonding sessions with her roommate’s cat.

Katie Kampa

As a Tulane SPHTM alumna, Katie Kampa is no stranger to Tulane’s Global Scholars Program. From 2014 to 2016, while pursuing her MPH in International Health and Development, she also acted as a Masters International (as it was previously known) Program Coordinator. Katie began her career in public health as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique where she served from 2009-2011.  In her current position as a consultant with ICF, she has gained valuable experience working on a number of diverse projects, including facilitating a monitoring and evaluation workshop in Haiti, conducting a facility-level assessment of data quality in Ethiopia, leading an economic evaluation of Mozambique’s ART program, and assisting with a national health program transition readiness assessment in Belize. Katie will return to Tulane this fall to begin her PhD coursework within the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Department.


Current Masters' International Students

If you have any questions, please contact the Global Scholars Program Coordinators.