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IHSD Programs

Master of Public Health in International Health and Sustainable Development

The MPH in IHSD provides professional public health education in 1) the major health problems facing vulnerable populations globally and their underlying causes; 2) how to assess the prevalence and consequences of these problems; 3) how to mitigate these problems through programs, policy and research; and 4) how to evaluate the effectiveness of program and policy efforts. The curriculum and applied learning opportunities draw upon Tulane's extensive overseas research, technical assistance work, and nearly four decades of experience in providing leadership training in international health to students from around the world. Coursework and learning opportunities are designed to emphasize the importance of cultural, social and behavioral factors influencing health. Students who pursue this program of study will develop expertise in one or more health areas and will gain the methodological expertise necessary to assess and mitigate public health problems as well as evaluate program effectiveness.

Content areas that students can pursue are:

  • Family Planning and Reproductive Health
  • HIV and Infectious Disease
  • Complex Emergency, Resilience, and Food Security
  • Sustainable Development
  • Research Methods in International Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition

The program also offers cross-cutting courses in grant writing, health economics, and international health policy that can be applied to your content area.

Students complete a total of 45 credit hours, including the school's Foundational Curriculum that provides a cross-cutting, integrated approach to the knowledge and skills relevant to public health practice. Within the department courses, students get a grounding in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, social and behavioral aspects of global health, and health problems of developing societies. Health equity has become a particular focus of the entire school and promises to be interwoven throughout the curriculum.

Have a particular interest? Reach out directly to faculty whose interests align with yours! Our faculty are always eager to talk to both prospective and current students. You can also reach out to the interim chair of GCHB, Dr. David Hotchkiss, who will be happy to help connect you with a student or faculty to discuss your interests.

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Behavioral and Population Sciences (SBPS) and International Health Sciences (IHSD)

The PhD program is a collaboration between the Social Behavioral and Population Sciences (SBPS) and International Health and Sustainable Development (IHSD) Departments. The purpose of this PhD program is to train experts who will advance the field of social behavioral and population sciences through research, development and application of theory, and teaching. Graduates will gain in-depth expertise necessary for a research career, and are expected to develop careers in universities, medical schools, and other higher institutions of learning as faculty members or in research organizations globally. Both SBPS and IHSD will accept students into this program. Students will take classes and may work on faculty research projects in both departments. Applicants should indicate their department preference in their personal statement.

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. Students applying to the program are urged to identify one or more faculty member(s) whose work aligns with your interests. As a doctoral student, your advisor will work with you to help guide your coursework and mentor you for independent research in their specialized area.

Graduates will have in-depth expertise necessary for a research career, and are expected to develop careers in universities, medical schools, and other higher institutions of learning as faculty members or in research organizations globally. Graduates have been extremely successful in achieving influential jobs, with current alumni serving in senior positions in organizations such as the Gates Foundation, USAID, CDC, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, and other well-recognized NGOs, international nonprofits, and universities.