DrPH in Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences

Mission Statement

The purpose of the DrPH program in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences is to provide advanced training for professionals in applied public health program development, evaluation, and program-relevant research in promoting community health in a global context.

Program Description

The program prepares individuals for professional practice where graduates progress to careers in national and international government agencies (such as the Centers for Disease Control and state health departments), global nonprofit organizations, as well as public health institutes. Graduates are expected to have responsibilities that would include program leadership, evaluation, applied research, and teaching.

Application Deadlines

Applications to our doctoral programs should be submitted via SOPHAS by our priority deadline of December 1 if you would like to be considered for fellowships and any available student funding. (SOPHAS processing delays are often caused by problems with transcript and GRE verification so we recommend you submit these as soon as possible.) Anyone who does not want to be considered for funding opportunities may submit their application to SOPHAS by our regular school deadline of January 15.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

1. Incorporate knowledge of the Public Health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems.

2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of evidence-based public health, and how to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

3. Demonstrate the conduct and interpretation of formative research to develop public health interventions in diverse contexts.

4. Develop the professional leadership and management skills to coordinate global health interventions in diverse settings.

5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of evaluation theory, and be capable of implementing monitoring and evaluation systems.

6. Demonstrate capacity to understand the role of gender, culture, social, economic, and historical contexts in demonstrating and implementing global public health programs.

7. Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of public health.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for the DrPH program, students must have completed an MPH degree or equivalent with an outstanding academic record. Students must complete a SOPHAS application and include in their application three letters of reference from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional performance. Practical experience in public health is highly preferred and considered a plus in evaluating applications.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 72 credit hours of coursework and doctoral studies beyond the baccalaureate, with a minimum of 30 didactic hours at Tulane, within the doctoral program. Coursework will be comprised of three levels.

1. Basic Foundations: These are courses or equivalents that students are required to have completed prior to commencement of the GCHB program. If a student has not completed one or more of these courses, then they will be required to take them. However, these credits will not count toward the required 30 didactic hours at Tulane.

2. Advanced Foundations: These are courses or equivalents that all students will be required to take as part of their foundational training toward a DrPH in the GCHB program.

3. Electives: These are courses students will take to complete their degree requirements, including formal courses, independent field work study, non-tuition courses, and dissertation hours. 

Course Requirements

Required Basic Foundation Courses (Prerequisite courses required of all admitted students. These courses do not count toward the required 30 didactic hours at Tulane.)

BIOS 6030

Introductory Biostatistics 

3 Credits 

EPID 6030

Epidemiological Methods I 

3 Credits 

GCHB 6030

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health 

3 Credits 

GCHB 6110

Planning of Health Education Programs 

3 Credits 

GCHB 6120

Monitoring and Evaluation 

3 Credits 

GEHS 6030

Environmental Sciences 

3 Credits

GHSD 6030

Health Systems Administration and Management 

3 Credits

TRMD 6010

Biological Basis 

3 Credits 

Required Advanced Foundation Courses (26 Credits)

GCHB 8120

Evaluation Theory 

3 Credits 

GCHB 8210

Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation

3 Credits 

GCHB 8820

Advanced Program Planning/Grant Writing 

3 Credits 

GCHB 8800/8830 

GCHB Doctoral Seminar 

1 Credit 


Qualitative Methods (TBD by advisor/student) 

2 Credits 

SPHL 8800

Essentials of Research Readiness 

2 Credits 


Advanced Public Health-1 (TBD by advisor/student) 

3 Credits 


Advanced Public Health-2 (TBD by advisor/student) 

3 Credits 


Advanced Public Health-3 (TBD by advisor/student) 

3 Credits 


Advanced Research Methods (TBD by advisor/student) 

3 Credits 

Electives (4 credits minimum; additional credits as needed to reach 72 credit requirement)

Includes formal courses, independent field work, non-tuition courses, and dissertation hours. No more than 12 credits of special (independent) studies may be applied toward the doctoral degree.

Example Schedule

Schedules will vary based on individual goals and prior training of students. Advisors will work closely with students to customize their course schedules. All students will be required to take GCHB 8800/8830 (Doctoral Seminar) during their first year.


A 300 hour advanced field experience (practicum) that allows students to develop competencies in advanced practice skills, under the direction of a qualified preceptor in the practice setting, is required. This practicum should focus on developing advanced leadership skills in global health disciplines. The advisor works with each student to develop measurable learning objectives prior to their practicum experience. Self assessment and reflection as well as assessment of teams, peers, and supervisors are important skills in future public health leaders.

Overarching Competencies

1.Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the core discipline areas of public health.

2.Apply advanced knowledge of the core discipline areas of public health to identify and solve public health problems.

3.Analyze public health issues using evidence-based practice.

4.Analyze and evaluate public health issues using contemporary, theories, and research techniques.

5.Evaluate the outcomes of public health related interventions.

6.Clearly communicate public health concepts orally and in written form.


Comprehensive Examinations

On completion of the coursework listed above, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate knowledge of, and competency with, the Basic and Advanced Foundation coursework, as well as their specialty area. Over the four-day Comprehensive Exam (two parts), students are required to critically reflect on a priori specified public health problem related to their anticipated dissertation content area. Through a series of guided questions, students are asked to critically reflect on their chosen public health issue, including (1) background literature synthesis, (2) epidemiological surveillance, (3) development of recommendations to address identified gaps or needs from an a priori perspective (program or intervention development, development of a system change and/or policy proposal, or development of an etiological surveillance system), (4) outcome measurement and evaluation, and (5) dissemination of key public health findings.


DrPH students must complete a dissertation representing public health research that meets the SPHTM and GCHB requirements for a DrPH dissertation. Doctoral dissertations based on original research and which influence the field of knowledge or policy are preferred. However, DrPH students also have latitude to include demonstration projects with a strong monitoring and evaluation component, in-depth policy analyses, detailed programmatic proposals, implementation of routine or standardized instruments, secondary analyses, and other applied emphases consistent with the purpose of the DrPH program.


A limited number of funding packages are available for exceptionally qualified students which may include tuition scholarships and research/teaching assistant stipends. Contact our Student Services Coordinator for more information.

For More Information:

Contact our Doctoral Program Coordinator,  Theon Means, at 504-988-1847 or



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