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DrPH in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

The Fall 2021 incoming class of Doctor of Public Health students will be the last class in the program’s current format. The program will be revamped and reintroduced for program entry in Fall 2022, details to be announced.

The DrPH program in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB) is an applied professional degree that prepares leaders in applied public health program development, evaluation, and program-relevant research in promoting community health in a global context. The GCHB DrPH program has strong focus on field applications of program planning and monitoring and evaluation, and emphasizes advanced study in social determinants of health, health systems, health policy, grant writing, qualitative methods and research methods. A focus on health disparities and cultural competence are common themes throughout the coursework. Graduates are expected to have responsibilities that would include program leadership, evaluation, applied research, and teaching. 

Admission Requirements

The requirements listed below represent the standards set by the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine for doctoral programs.

  1. Prior Degree Requirements: Completion of a master's degree or 30 graduate-level credits in a field related to the doctoral area of study is preferred. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for outstanding students holding only baccalaureate degrees.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework is preferred.
  3. Official GRE scores are required for doctoral applicants. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in the upper percentiles are preferred for the verbal and quantitative tests.
  4. For applicants from non-English speaking nations, a minimum Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 89 for the internet-based test (IBT), 230 for the computer-based test (CBT) or 570 for the paper-based test (PBT) is required. Applicants may also submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants should have a score of 7 or above for doctoral applications.

Applicants must meet the school’s admission requirements, submit the application through SOPHAS and include in their application three letters of reference from individuals who are familiar with their academic and/or professional performance.

Practical experience in public health is highly preferred. 

Complete applications must be received by the priority deadline of December 1 to be considered for fellowships and other student funding. To be considered for admission to GCHB doctoral programs without funding, the completed application must be received by January 15.

A complete application includes all required documentation --career statements, letters of recommendation and verified transcripts and GRE scores. We recommend applications and required documentation be submitted in sufficient time for SOPHAS to receive and verify transcripts and GRE scores to meet the respective deadlines.

For further details regarding admissions requirements to the school, see the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine “Policies and Procedures for Doctoral Programs” guide.

Degree Program Requirements

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Contact Us

Department Interim Chair: Gretchen Clum, PhD

Admissions Committee Co-Chairs: Alessandra Bazzano, PhD and Mai Do, MD, DrPH (for inquires about application and admissions) 

Program Director: David Seal, PhD (for inquires about the program's structure and content) 

Program Manager: Anita Jobson-Wolfe

Email: sbps@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-5391

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