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Francoise Grossmann, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2300
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-6089
Fax: (504) 988-3540


Research Interests:

Women's health; reproductive health 


Educational Background:

  • MPH, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
  • MA, (equivalent) in Ethnology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
  • BS (equivalent) in Nursing, Lausanne, Switzerland

Professional Achievements

  • 2008- 2009, Clinical Assistant Professor, Tulane University
  • 2006-2009, College Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
  • 2000-2006, Training Director for the Louisiana Family Planning Title X grant Training
  • 1998-2000, International Consultant
  • 1989- 1995, Obgyn/public health nurse

Courses Taught:

  • Behaviors and Social Aspects of Health (Tulane, SPHTM)
  • Intro to ObGyn (Tulane, SPHTM)
  • Healthcare of Women (Tulane, SPHTM)
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation (Tulane, SPHTM)


Françoise Grossmann, Véronique Filippi, Maria De Koninck, Lydie Kanhonou (2001). Testimonies of women: Women in Benin and their experiences in maternity. Reproductive Health Matters, 9 (18): 90-8.

Amy Cox, MS, Elisabeth Gleckler, MPH, DrPH, Françoise Kendall, MA, MPH. Lessons Learned from the Wise Guys Project in New Orleans. APHA, December 2005. Abstract 117274, Board 10.  

Francoise Grossmann and Carl Kendall. Participatory Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing Activities in Namibia. Report for CREDES France. 2001.  

Evaluation of the Distribution System of the Emergency Contraceptive Pill in Louisiana Title X-Funded Clinics. Report prepared by Francoise Kendall. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital, Office of Public Health, Family Planning Program, 2005.  

Louisiana State Family Planning Program's Mystery caller Project for Continuous Quality Improvement. Report prepared by Francoise Kendall, 2004.  

Evaluation of ABC Counseling in Title X Family Planning Clinics. Report prepared by Francoise Kendall. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital, Office of Public Health, Family Planning Program, 2005.  

A Guide to M&E Adolescent Reproductive Health Programs. Reviewed and edited the final French version (600 pages). The Futures Group International, Washington, D.C, USA, 2001.

Manuel de Formation pour la Recherche Qualitative. Edited the French final version. WHO,1999. The Female Condom: Guide for Planning and Programming. Translated from English into French


Personal Statement:

As a clinical faculty, my role is to enhance students' opportunities to learn the practice of public health and help them link their newly acquired academic knowledge with the reality of the field. What makes me suitable for this endeavor is the versatility of my educational background, which combines nursing, anthropology and public health, the many years of professional experience in both developed and developing countries, and the fact that I love teaching. I started my career as an ObGyn nurse in a hospital in Switzerland but I quickly felt the need to apply my skills to where there is greater demand such as in sub-Saharan countries. Since my first "African" experience in a rural dispensary in Cameroon, I have had the opportunity to apply my expertise in women and reproductive health to a wide range of health programs and research projects. In Ethiopia, I introduced the female condom and conducted an acceptability study with commercial sex workers. In Namibia, I evaluated their national HIV counseling program. In Madagascar, I trained the Ministry of Health's staff in using community-based participatory research. Teaching has always been an important aspect of my work. I taught and provided training to a wide range of laypeople and health professionals on a wide range of topics. I co-taught a introductory course on medical anthropology to first year medical students in Cambridge (UK). In the U.S., between 2000 and 2006, as the Training Manager for the Louisiana Title X Family Planning Program I provided continuing education to the family planning health providers. Needless to say that teaching for me is a joy and a great privilege. I get to review and learn about the topics covered in my courses through the lens of enthusiastic students, but I also get to be part of their vision on how to make this world a better place for everybody.


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