Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences 


Welcome to the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB)!  GCHB is dedicated to the promotion of optimal health and preparing the next generation of public health professionals through teaching, research, and partnering with communities globally.  Our goal is to apply lessons learned from domestic and international programs and research, seeking better ways to develop, deliver, and evaluate public health initiatives at the community level.

Our research and training programs range from New Orleans-based programs to global efforts involving multiple countries around the world. For instance:

  • MEASURE Evaluation is funded by USAID to strengthen capacity in developing countries to gather, interpret, and use data to improve health;
  • Faculty members in our Maternal Child Health section are investigating the genetic markers of stress in a longitudinal community-based cohort of children aged 5 to 15 years from inner-city New Orleans neighborhoods;
  • The Center for Global Health Equity is working directly with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to develop national electronic medical records system, uses iPads and smart phone technology to improve to improve health outcomes in remote areas. 
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We have now expanded as of July 1 and the school’s International Health and Development program is now based out of GCHB. We are excited to welcome faculty to our department whom we have already been working with through the years. The result of this change makes us one of the largest, deepest, and most diverse departments of community health and behavioral science among the accredited schools of public health.

As always, most of our research and service activities are community-based, working at the grassroots level through communities, clinics, schools, or hospitals to find practical solutions to public health problems, or to implement programs to prevent morbidity and mortality in diverse populations.


We encourage you to learn more about our five academic sections:


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Community Health


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Health Education
& Communication


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Maternal &
Child Health


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Health and Development

We also have a strong doctoral program, with both PhD and DrPH tracks.

Students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees are trained to assess the social and behavioral underpinnings of health problems, implement prevention programs addressing them, and evaluate those programs.  The health problems addressed vary widely, including prevention of smoking, obesity, and HIV/AIDS, as do the settings, from developing countries to inner cities in the U.S. Faculty in GCHB are educated in diverse fields, including psychology, sociology, economics, demography, anthropology, communications, epidemiology, medicine, and other fields.

We invite you to look around and learn about the range of our experience and ways we can help you to achieve your academic and professional goals.


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Congratulations to all of our graduating students!

GCHB Award Recipients for 2016:

Cesar Corzantes award: Leah Devorah Taub

Elizabeth A. Bennet award: Courtney Sierra Drayton

R. Elise Magnus award: Bridget Giglione

Community Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Health Education and Communication: Kathleen Keane

Community Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Nutrition: Megan T. Hall and Lisa L. Littrell

Carroll Behrhorst Primary Health Care Award: Scott B. Lea

Jack Ling Award: Kathryn T. Kampa

James P. Grant Child Survival Award: Alinda Lauer




In the News

Tulane SPHTM research: chromosome component in children impacted by prenatal smoke exposure: Kat Theall, PhD, GCHB Associate Professor

It Takes a Toilet: The Next-Gen Commode that Powers a Town: Anoop Jain, GCHB Student

In New Orleans, an Actor Turns Grocer:Tulane University PRC

Rice Makes Your Brain Bigger: Tulane University Dietitic Interns

The Long-Term Effects of Spanking: Catherine Taylor, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor



For more information or to schedule a visit:

Contact us at or by phone at (504) 988-5391

Hours for student visits: M-F 9am-5pm




GCHB, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2210, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5391