The PhD program in International Health and Sustainable Development (IHSD) prepares the next generation of global public health researchers to conduct state-of-the-art research on global health and development issues, to reduce inequities, and to shape a sustainable future for the planet. The PhD program provides students with the skills to identify, assess, and apply scientific theories and research methodologies; to conduct original scientific research studies in resource-constrained settings; to leverage research findings towards best practice and strategic planning for global health programs; and to teach, mentor and advise students, programs, development officials, and governments. Students will develop understanding of relevant theories, the capacity to employ inter-disciplinary and mixed-method research approaches, cultural competency, and the skills for ethical conduct of research.
The primary objectives of the IHSD PhD are:
As part of the IHSD PhD, students will work alongside faculty, public health researchers, and their classmates, all of whom share a commitment to better global health, reduced inequities and a more sustainable future.
This program will begin accepting applications in August 2021 for the Fall 2022 launch.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:
Students must complete 72 credit hours of coursework and doctoral studies beyond the baccalaureate, with a minimum of 30 didactic hours at Tulane, within the doctoral program. Coursework will be comprised of three levels.
SBPS 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health or equivalent (3)
IHSD 6300 Monitoring of Global Health Programs or equivalent (3)
SPHL 6020 Foundations in Public Health or equivalent (3)
SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health or equivalent (3)
BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics or equivalent (3)
SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health or equivalent (3)
SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health or equivalent (3)
Program Course Requirements
IHSD 8200/ SBPS 7200 Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice or Development Issues: Measurement and Practice (3)
GCHB 7280 Qualitative Methods I (2)
GCHB 8250 Advanced Research Methods in Global Health (3) (fulfills SPHTM advanced biostatistics requirement)**
SBPS 8750 Social Determinants of Health I (3)
SBPS 8760 Social Determinants of Health II or Epidemiologic Methods II or EPID 7120 (fulfills SPHTM advanced epidemiology requirement)** (3)
SPHL 7500 Public Health Grant Writing (3)
SPHL 8080 Public Health Pedagogy (3)
SBPS 8800/ SBPS 8830 Senior Graduate Research Seminar (Doctoral Seminar) (1)
Total 21 credits
**If an entering student had exceptional research methods prior training and competency, they could petition the instructor to challenge out of the required course. If approved by the instructor, the student would be free to take any other 7000/8000 course meeting the SPHTM Research Methods course requirements.
Elective Courses (6 credits minimum; Additional credits as needed to reach 72 credit graduation requirement and/or fulfill Basic Foundation MPH-level prerequisite courses). Elective courses may include formal courses and independent studies. No more than 9 credits of independent studies may be applied toward the PhD degree.
IHSD doctoral candidates will complete the CITI ethics training course (or equivalent) no later than the end of the second year of their program, and will remain certified for the duration of the academic program.
On completion of the coursework listed above students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate knowledge of, and competency with, the Basic and Advanced Foundation coursework, as well as their specialty area.
Prospectus and Dissertation
After passing the comprehensive exam a student must defend their prospectus. Upon agreement of all committee members, a student will defend the prospectus in an oral exam which is open to the school. Students need to follow all deadlines and submit all forms as specified in the school PhD handbook.
Students must complete a dissertation representing applied public health research that meets the school requirements for a PhD dissertation.
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