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2016-2017 BSPH Degree Requirements

The Tulane Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree is an academic degree which addresses the health of populations and communities through instruction, service, and community based research. The degree is firmly grounded in a background of humanities, social science and the liberal arts. The degree fulfills Tulane University’s campus-wide undergraduate core proficiency through this background while stressing an additional commitment to quantitative and scientific skills.  This degree program is nationally accredited and has specific competencies, or educational targets.

BSPH Degree Competencies:

1.       Describe the history, philosophy, core values, concepts, functions and population-based approaches of public health

2.       Explain the behavioral, environmental, biological and socio-economic determinants that impact human health and contribute to health disparities

3.       Apply data collection and analysis to develop evidence-based population approaches to public health problems.

4.       Discuss and apply cultural competencies and concepts of public health planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation.

5.       Describe the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as the systems in other countries

6.       Describe the legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory aspects of public health practice  and health policy

7.       Demonstrate public health communication skills using oral, written, mass media and electronic technology formats.

Newcomb-Tulane Core Proficiencies

Additional BSPH Proficiencies

  • Writing Intensive Course or Writing Practicum
  • Mathematics: One additional course*
  • Foreign Language: Complete proficiency to the 2030 level or above

Public Health Basic Core (24 credits)

  • SPHU 1010 - Introduction to Public Health
  • SPHU 1020 - Cell, Individual & Community
  • SPHU 2150 - Foundations of Environmental Health (Previously SPHU 3150)
  • SPHU 3010 - Foundations of Health Care Systems
  • SPHU 3110 - Social and Behavioral Perspectives In Public Health
  • SPHU 3160 - Biostatistics Applications in Public Health
  • SPHU 3170 - Foundations in Epidemiology
  • SPHU 4010 - Foundations of Public Health Policy

SPHU 4540, 4550, 4560 or 4580 - Public Health Capstone (3 credits)

  • Students are eligible to complete their capstone after five semesters as an undergraduate, and with a majority of their other program requirements completed.  The capstone is a student-driven academic and professional experience. See capstone options here.

BSPH Electives (18 credits)

The BSPH Electives provides the student a chance to focus on specialized knowledge which complements their core classes. In recognition of the multi-disciplinary nature of public health, students are encouraged to consider classes in other academic fields and consult with their academic and faculty advisors to discuss ways to integrate fields in the liberal arts and sciences into their curriculum. Certain pre-medical classes, as well a few graduate level classes are acceptable for this requirement.
Students must complete a minimum of six classes for a minimum of 18 credit hours in order to complete this requirement.

A minimum of 3 courses for a minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed in classes offered by public health faculty.

Public Health Electives:

  • SPHU 2050 - Arthropods & Public Health
  • SPHU 2016 - Evolution, Microbes & Disease Emergence
  • SPHU 2220 - Concepts of Health & Wellness
  • SPHU 2333 - Introduction to Global Maternal Child Health
  • SPHU 3020 - Data and Information in Public Health Practice
  • SPHU 3015 - Public Health Program Implementation
  • SPHU 3120 - Issues & Strategies in Public Health
  • SPHU 3200 - Nutrition and Chronic Disease
  • SPHU 3250 - Global Food Security & Public Health
  • SPHU 3300 - Sustainable Nutrition
  • SPHU 3400 - Nutrition, Cooking & Public Health
  • SPHU 3410 - Food Safety, Communication & Policy
  • SPHU 3500 - Public Health Approaches to Sexual Violence
  • SPHU 4160 - Introduction to Statistical Packages
  • SPHU 4200 - Evidence Based Public Health
  • SPHU 4210 - Environmental Risk Assessment
  • SPHU 4240 - Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • SPHU 4260 - Organizational Leadership & Management
  • SPHU 4300 - Public Health Communication
  • SPHU 4330 - Resilience in International Disasters
  • SPHU 4350 - Zoonotic Infections, Outbreaks, Emerging and Reemerging Diseases
  • SPHU 4400 - Bioinformatic and Genomics
  • SPHU 4410 - Data & Information Management in Public Health
  • SPHU 4440 - Social Aspects of Infectious Diseases
  • SPHU 4570 - Internship (non-capstone)
  • SPHU 4810 - Ethics in Public Health Policy
  • SPHU 4910 - Independent Study (non-capstone)
  • SPHU 1940, 2940, 3940, 4940 - Transfer credit class codes
  • Any other SPHU class that is not a core class

Additional Electives:

  • Any 2000 or higher level MATH class
  • SOCI 3030 Introduction to Research Design
  • SOCI 3040 Introduction to Research Analysis
  • HISU 3541 History of Reproductive Health
  • POLC 4392 Controversies in Global Health
  • CELL 2050 Genetics
  • ECON 3980 Economics and Health Care Reform
  • Study Abroad credits as approved by faculty advisor or from pre-approved list
  • Additional classes above the 2000-level as approved by the student’s faculty advisor.
  • Graduate level Public Health classes taken as a senior or BSPH/MPH combined degree student
* MATH 1150 & 1160 (Long Calculus) count as 1 MATH class.  PHIL 1210 (Symbolic Logic) does not count as mathematics class for BSPH requirements.



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