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Tulane Online MPH

The Online Master of Public Health is a degree that emphasizes leadership skills in Community Health Sciences (CHS). The program focuses on developing knowledge and skills to work with communities in addressing health needs and health disparities, and improving quality of life. This work requires skills in social and behavioral aspects of community health, monitoring and evaluation of community-based programs, community training methodologies, and leadership approaches to promote community health and well-being and health equity.

Program Competencies

Students who graduate from this degree program can expect to develop the following competencies as they successfully meet and complete the program degree requirements.

  1. Analyze the nature of public health issues within the context of a specific community and environment, generate solutions, and apply solutions with communities.
  2. Design and implement theoretically informed and culturally appropriate interventions by applying public health theory and principles to a diverse set of problems at the community level.
  3. Develop an effective plan to monitor and evaluate a community-based public health intervention or program based on translation of scientific evidence.
  4. Collaborate effectively with members of a community through engagement in the process of public health programming.
  5. Develop an asset-based community assessment that identifies the determinants of health, local assets, and locally-determined priority needs.
  6. Effectively communicate in both oral and written forms to a variety of audiences and purposes related to community health.
  7. Apply the CHS Essential Skills concepts to public health topics.
Admissions Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements. The GRE is not required for admission to the Tulane Online MPH. 

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH degree in Community Health Sciences requires a total of 45 credits that include:

SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 credits)

  • SPHL 6020 Introduction to Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)
  • SPHL 6080 Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)

Program Course Requirements (25 credits total)

Essential Skills Courses (9 credits)

  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)
  • GCHB 6340 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs (3)
  • GCHB 6800 Community Training Methodologies (3)

Leadership and Health Equity Content Courses (16 credits)

  • SPHL XXXX Health Equity and Leadership for Public Health Professionals (3)
  • GCHB 7010 Health Communication Theory and Practice (3)
  • GHSD 6700 Social Innovation Tools for Health Professionals (3)
  • SPHL 8020 Leadership in Public Health (3)
  • HPAM 6200 Health Care Analytics (3)
  • SPHL XXXX Introduction to data management and analysis (1)

Integrated Learning Experience Course (SPHL XXXX – 3 credits)

The Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) demonstrates the synthesis of the foundational and program competencies. Students will select five of the foundational and program competencies that will be applied in case studies and scenarios. A high-quality written report will result from compiling group activities and assignments that may include: policy brief, evaluation report, press release, communication speaking points, legislative updates, or other products that would be of value to their employer or public health practitioners.

Academic Residencies (1 credit + 1 credit)

The program incorporates two academic residencies. The academic residencies are an exciting opportunity to gain experience in applying concepts to practice and increasing the depth of learning. Students will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first residency and another city for the second. These sessions include intensive activities planned over 3-4 days (Thursday-Sunday). Students focus on applying knowledge to solving problems in case studies, attending field trips to community-based public health organizations, and networking. The residencies will carry 1 credit each.

Applied Practice Experience (SPHL 9980) (0 credits)

The Applied Practice Experience (APE) demonstrates the student’s attainment of program competencies through applied work. The practicum is the opportunity to demonstrate at least five competencies (foundational and programmatic) in a practice setting. Students will work with advisors to identify practice activities for the practicum; the practicum may be one large activity or multiple experiences. The student will produce a written product from the activities and outcomes; the report will also include a reflection of the way the student applied the competencies in practice. The practicum should be useful to the practice setting/organization.

Contact Us

Interim Program Lead Faculty: Thomas LaVeist, PhD

Program Director: Kathy Carneiro

Program Manager for Residencies: Lacey Allen


Phone: 877-201-9564

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