About the Program
The program is designed for students who have a broad-based interest in health. This is a skills-based science degree so students can expect to learn about health at all levels – the cell, the individual, and the community. The core curriculum is made up of the basic elements of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems, and global health. As students progress through the program, they have the opportunity to specialize their course of study through electives offered both within the program and from approved coursework in other academic fields.
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High-achieving BSPH students may pursue a combined degree culminating in a master of public health (MPH), master of science in public health (MSPH), or the master of health administration (MHA). Students must declare their intention to pursue the combined degree by the spring of their junior year (three semesters before graduation). During the senior year, combined degree students will complete their undergraduate degree requirements while simultaneously taking graduate–level courses. Upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree, they are enrolled in the master’s program having fulfilled 12 credits of their required coursework. Students can expect a minimum additional year and a half of coursework and practica to fulfill the requirements for the graduate degree.
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The Peace Corps has long been a natural fit for many public health students, and Tulane has a long history of Peace Corps participation. Our students typically approach the Peace Corps from one of two avenues:
The Masters International Program is a program instituted by the Peace Corps that combines a public health degree with service in the United State Peace Corps. Master’s International students apply skills learned in an academic setting toward solving important health problems in developing countries during their service overseas.
Students accepted into both the graduate program and the Peace Corps spend three to four semesters at Tulane working toward the master’s of public health (MPH) or master’s of science in public health (MSPH). At the completion of coursework, students begin service in a country assigned by the Peace Corps. During service, a student will develop a practicum project that builds on the skills they learned in the classroom. At the end of their service and upon successful submission of their practicum, the student will graduate with both a degree and valuable, real-world experience useful in almost any future endeavor.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Tulane is a welcoming community for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). The school’s Peace Corps Program helps RPCVs readjust to living back in the fast-paced American culture. Our community of RPCVs provide support and shared social opportunities with not only other students but also faculty RPCVs. This group is also instrumental in advising the Master’s International students about what to expect during their service experience.
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We know you have questions. Although staff are always a phone call or email away, we’ve tried to come up with some of the most common questions so that you can get your answers quickly and easily.
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