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Department of International Health and Sustainable Development

Young people in Benin, Africa transporting fresh water

Photo: Young people in Benin, Africa using "water hippos" to transport fresh, potable water (by SPHTM alumna Taylor Lanton).

International health and development has played a vital role in achieving the school’s mission and is a critical part of Tulane’s identify. The international health and development program began in the 1970’s as an interdisciplinary program, and in 1993, the Department of International Health and Development was formally established and first admitted students into its master’s and doctoral programs. Department and school faculty partner with ministries of health, community organizations, and other non-government organizations to address the pressing health problems that impact populations globally. We have long and deep connections in the countries in which we work, with a strong focus on local capacity building.

With the launch of the new Department of International Health and Sustainable Development in July 2021, Tulane begins a new era of education and research in the effort to make the world a healthier place by improving the effectiveness and sustainability of health programs and policies.


To achieve a world in which everyone can live healthy, fulfilling lives, regardless of place and circumstance.


To improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations around the world by eliminating health inequities and promoting human rights and social justice for all persons. We aim to achieve our mission by being a global leader and partner in:

  • Capacity strengthening: educate and train the next generation of public health professionals, and strengthen the capacity of institutions, at home and abroad, through innovative education and technical assistance programs, in order to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of health programs and policies.
  • Research: expand knowledge and understanding of the complex causes of health inequities, vulnerability, and resilience and provide evidence that can be used to improve the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective and sustainable programs and policies.
  • Service: mobilize our expertise and engage with communities and institutions at home and abroad to advance the goals of our professions and institutions towards health equity and social justice.
  • Advocacy: advocate for evidence-based policies to accelerate progress towards health equity, promote social justice, and support the sustainable development of communities around the world.

David Hotchkiss, PhD
Chair and Professor