centers and research


Prevention Research Center

Prevention Research Center

The mission of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) is to reduce or prevent overweight and obesity in the Greater New Orleans Area by addressing the physical and social environmental factors influencing physical activity and diet. The Tulane PRC's mission is accomplished through research; collaboration with community partners and policy makers; communication about environmental factors related to physical activity and diet with public health practitioners, policy makers, and community partners; and training of public health professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members.


Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women's Health Education Center

Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women's Health Education Center

The Mary Amelia Center Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Education Center seeks to reduce inequities in women’s health and to enhance health and well-being through community building for health, interdisciplinary research (health promotion and determinants research), advocacy, and leadership development.



Center for Global Health Equity

The Center for Global Health Equity addresses global health disparities with an interdisciplinary focus and facilitates technical assistance, particularly in the areas of monitoring and evaluation. Building of infrastructure and health systems to improve health outcomes in resource-limited regions is approached through collaboration with the national governments of several countries to implement local capacity building in these areas.


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The Center For Studies of Displaced Populations

The Center For Studies of Displaced Populations is a new center, established in 2016. The center supports several studies focused on individuals and families in transition. The principal one is "Demographic and Health Disparities in Recovery from Hurricane Katrina: KATRINA@10". The NIH-funded KATRINA@10 Program consists of an interrelated set of three primary data collection projects that focus on specific sub-populations; and three Cores to support the set of Research Projects. A central strength of our proposed Program is that it entails both depth and breadth in its assessment of recovery at the 10-year anniversary of one of the worst disasters in American history.

Training Programs

Maternal and Child Health/Epidemiology Doctoral Support Training Program
Dr. Katherine Theall
This program aims to improve doctoral candidates' competence in maternal and child health (MCH) and in applying epidemiologic methods to conduct research in the field. The program also seeks to foster the capacity of local and state agencies in MCH epidemiology.

Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

Dr. Carolyn Johnson
This program, run through the Maternal and Child Health section of Tulane's Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences department, seeks to improve the health of women and children by strengthening the leadership skills of public health professionals. Program activities include training public health practitioners, increasing leadership and management training in master and doctoral classes, expanding MCH research and research training, and enhancing partnerships with the community and public health agencies.


Most of the major killer diseases in developed countries stem from behavior – such as smoking, drinking, unhealthy diet, sedentary behavior, sexual risk-taking, and violence – so public health practitioners need to understand why people engage in these behaviors and what we can do to help people behave in a healthier way. The factors that influence behavior include knowledge, family structure, economic status, social norms, and the physical environment. In Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences our laboratory is the communities we serve. We study why people adopt unhealthy lifestyles and how effective attempts are to help them adopt healthier lifestyles.

Please view our GCHB Faculty Profiles to learn more about the department's current research, or the SPHTM Research Map to check out all the locations SPHTM faculty are conducting research.


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