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.
Participation and membership is initiated upon your arrival to New Orleans as a graduate student in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Lindsey spent her childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, until moving to the mountains, where she attended Appalachian State University in the quaint rural town of Boone, NC. During her undergrad, she studied health promotion with a focus on weight management and exercise prescription. After graduation, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where she worked for a small non-profit providing fresh produce, health and wellness lessons, and cooking demonstrations to low-income individuals at no cost. She is a mountain girl who loves the outdoors, kayaking, snow skiing, backpacking and craft beers, but for some reason the desert and flat lands of Botswana were calling her name. As a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Botswana, her collaboration focused on HIV/AIDS, capacity-building, and food security and has led her to Tulane’s SPHTM public health nutrition program to further her education and better prepare for her career. She is ecstatic to become a part of the rich Peace Corps and public health family and to experience all that New Orleans has to offer!
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 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 (Spring 2019).
Notes from the Field Archives (the first Peace Corps programs newsletter at TUSPHTM)
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Kendra Smith will be pursuing her masters of public health in international health and development. She is from Hudson, Wisconsin, which runs along the beautiful St. Croix river bordering Minnesota and not far from the Twin Cities.
She received her bachelor of science in sociology and minor in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) in 2010. At UWRF she participated in various study-abroad programs traveling to Belize, China, and Europe. Those experiences drove her passion for travel and culture. She decided to continue to follow this passion and joined the Peace Corps shortly after she graduated. She served as a community health volunteer in a rural village in Southwestern Uganda from 2012-2014. Peace Corps was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in her life thus far. Many of the amazing experiences and memories from her time in Uganda included participating in co-directing youth camps, community outreaches, educational trainings on malaria and HIV prevention, building a library out of recycled plastic bottles, and experiencing the ecotourism that Uganda has to offer.
Over the past two years working as a phlebotomist, she has enjoyed interacting with patients and talking about her Peace Corps experience whenever the opportunity presented. She is extremely honored to be a Coverdell Fellow! She looks forward to experiencing the New Orleans culture and getting to know Tulane students and faculty.
Tiphaine Monroe grew up as the child of a state department officer and as a result moved to new countries every two or three years. After graduating from high school in France, she attended McGill University in Montreal to study international development and political science. When she completed her degree, Tiphaine joined the Peace Corps and served in Botswana as a health volunteer from 2014 to 2016.
If you have any questions, please contact the Global Scholars Program Coordinators.