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.
Students applying to the Doctor of Philosophy in International Health and Sustainable Development program must meet the school's general admission requirements.
Students must complete 49 credit hours of coursework and doctoral studies beyond the baccalaureate, with a minimum of 30 didactic hours at Tulane, within the doctoral program. Up to 18 Credits can be transferred from Master’s degree.
PhD Foundational Courses–18 credit hours
PhD Core Courses–12 credit hours
If an entering student had exceptional research methods prior training and competency, they can petition the instructor to challenge out of the SBPS 8760 or EPID 7120 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.
Concentration-Specific PhD Required Courses–10 credit hours
PhD Elective Courses–minimum 9 credit hours
Electives are selected from relevant advanced level courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor. 9 credits minimum; Additional credits as needed to reach 49 credit graduation requirement and fulfill PhD Foundation Course requirements. Below are suggested courses. Other courses may be taken with advisor and PhD program director approval.
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.
Educational Teaching Assistant Experience
All PhD students at SPHTM are required to serve as a teaching assistant (TA) for two SPHTM courses while enrolled in the PhD program. Students should register for Teaching Assistantship Educational Experience (0 credits) during the terms they complete each TA requirement.
All other program requirements (e.g. research ethics, comprehensive exam, prospectus, and dissertation) remain the same across the old and revised programs, as outlined in the SPHTM PhD Handbook
Department Interim Chair: David Hotchkiss, PhD
Program Director: Paul Hutchinson, PhD
Program Manager: Gale Marie Abass
Phone: (504) 988-5391