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How do I apply?
You can apply online through the SOPHAS system.  For more information contact Admissions at 1-800-676-5389. You can find a link to SOPHAS as well as a link to the school's viewbook at the Office of Admissions site (see navigation to right).

Is there an application fee?
If you apply online, the application fee is $95.00.

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If I apply and am accepted, can I defer my enrollment?
You can defer your enrollment, but you must contact the Office of Admissions and the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences and let them know of your decision. If you do not let these two entities know of your decision, you will have to completely reapply the following year.

What GRE scores are required?
There are no specific requirements. However, admission is competitive and generally students have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 295 or higher on the new GRE.

What TOEFL scores are required for admission?
For applicants from non-English-speaking nations, TOEFL exam scores must be submitted.  The minimum expected scores are: Taken by Paper: 570-573 Taken by Internet: 88/89 Taken by Computer: 230

How long will it take me to complete the Master of Public Health (MPH)?
The Master of Public Health is a 45 credit degree. Students can finish the program in as little as 18 months (3 semesters), though 24 months is much more common.

What type of undergraduate degree do I need to apply for the Master of Public Health (MPH)?
Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. You do not have to complete a certain degree to apply for the Master of Public Health. If you are applying to our Registered Dietician program, then you need to have a verification statement demonstrating completion of an ADA-approved didactic program in dietetics.

I have applied and would like to know the status of my application. Who should I contact?
You may contact the Office of Admissions 1-800-676-5389 or and they will be able to tell you if it is under review in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Can I transfer any credits toward the master of public health (MPH)?
The maximum number of credits which can be transferred in to a degree program at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is no more than 25 percent of the total required for the award of degree. Transfer Credit Waiver Forms are available here.

Where are MPH graduates employed?
Our students can be found in non-profit, for-profit, academic, community based agencies, and governmental agencies around the globe. Please check the Career Services page for more information.

I would like to work domestically/internationally. Is your Department still for me?
In addition to having several faculty members with an international focus, our faculty members conduct research within the local and national communities. Just as you will encounter public health agencies anywhere you find people, communities are not limited by borders. The principles of community based program planning, research, and advocacy are the same for a neighborhood in New Orleans as for a village in Cameroon.

How do I schedule a visit?
Visit the following website for more information on scheduling a visit.



Admissions Deadlines

Master of Public Health

The Department of Community Health Sciences maintains a rolling admission policy for the Master of Public Health only. Applications are accepted during Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Priority Deadlines:
March 15 – for summer applicants
April 15 – for fall applicants
October 15 – for spring applicants

Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Applications are only accepted during Spring for Fall admission. 

January 1 – for fall applicants

Registered Dietician

Applications are only accepted during the fall and spring. 

February 15 – for August enrollment



Do you have any on campus housing options?
Tulane University has two graduate housing options in Deming Pavilion and Papillion Apartments. Deming is located within walking distance of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. You may contact the staff at or 504-988-6275. Papillion Apartments is located in the Lower Garden District near St. Charles Avenue and close to the streetcar line.You may contact the staff at (504) 561-8000 or visit their website at

Where should I live if I want to live off campus?
Here are some links which may help you in your search for off campus housing:

Financial Aid

Financial Aid FAQS 

Does the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences offer scholarships or assistantships to incoming students?
There are a limited number of scholarships available through the Department. There is not a separate application for the departmental scholarships as your application for admission to the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the application for departmental scholarships. You MUST meet the priority application deadlines.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

How much does it cost to attend?

Do you offer scholarships to international students?
We do not offer any scholarships or federal funding to international students. Please refer to international student aid information. 


General FAQs 

Do you offer any distance learning programs?
The Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences does not offer any degree programs through distance learning. The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine offers limited courses online.

Is it possible to attend part-time?
Although it is possible to attend part-time, classes are generally held during day time hours. If you are trying to work full time and attend part time, then you would need to take off time during the day to attend class.

Can I complete a master of public health (MPH) in the evening?
Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences courses are predominately taught during the day. We do have several late afternoon options, but a student would be required to take day courses to complete the MPH.

What is the size of the Global Community Health and BehavioralSciences department? How many students enroll each year?
We have a total enrollment in the Department of approximately 180 students. We admit between 40 and 50 new students each year to the MPH program.



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