IHD Legacy Program

MPH Concentration in International Health Programs 

(for current students continuing in the program - new students should visit International Health and Development in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, the new home for international health at Tulane.)

The coursework in this focus area will prepare students for work in a particular disease or health area (e.g., population health, HIV, malaria, development, or reproductive health). This concentration uses a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches to provide technical assistance or improve the health of populations spanning diverse cultures, worldviews, and circumstances.

Students in the IHP concentration are required to take the SPHTM core courses (18 credits), five IHP courses (11 credits), and two required topical area courses (four credits, selected from eight possible courses). Students select an additional 12 hours of elective coursework to support their focal areas of interest (e.g. M&E, reproductive health, population dynamics, development, program management, malaria, HIV). These elective courses may be selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university.  Students are also expected to complete a practicum in the area of international health as part of this concentration. 

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of  the IHP concentration may accept jobs as: entry -level project coordinators, desk officers, or program/project managers in: local, state, and federal health departments; NGOs, private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and faith-based organizations; federal agencies involved in domestic and international work, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); United Nations, World Bank, and other multi-national agencies.   



School Required Courses

BIOS 6030 Introduction to Biostatistics
EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods I
ENHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health
SPHL 6010 Biological Basis of Disease
SPHL 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health
GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy

Required Foundations (11 credits required)

GHSD 6240 Health Problems of Developing Societies
GHSD 6250 Design and Implementation of Global Health Interventions
GHSD 6270 Monitoring of Program Interventions in Global Health
GHSD 6280 Evaluation of Program Interventions in Global Health
GHSD 6370 Grant Writing for Health and Development Projects


Required Topical Courses (minimum of 4 credits)

GHSD 6150  Introduction to Public Health and Nutrition in Complex Emergencies
GHSD 6160 Public Health in Cuba
GHSD 6220 Program Skills in Crisis and Transition
GHSD 6760 International Family Planning
GHSD 6850 Population-Environment Theory
GHSD 6980 Health System of China: An Applied Perspective
GHSD 7070 Social Impacts of HIV/AIDS
GHSD 7120 Monitoring and evaluation of maternal and child health
GHSD 7200 Development Issues: Theory and Measurement
GHSD 7420 Population Based Malaria Prevention and Control
GHSD 7800 Population Studies
GHSD 7350 Mortality Transition
GHSD 7450 Household Sampling Applications in Developing Countries
* or other advisor approved topical courses

Model Course Schedule


The student will make up the remaining 12 credits toward the total of 45 with electives, in consultation with their academic advisor.

Culminating Experience 

The Department of Global Health Management and Policy requires students to successfully pass a culminating exam, the public health analysis, or thesis in order to complete the culminating experience graduation requirement. 

  1. Comprehensive Exam: The comprehensive exam is developed by the school (Part A: which will test the student's knowledge of the core course material) and the department (Part B: which will test the student's knowledge in the major areas represented by the concentration core courses). Part B of the exam will be prepared by faculty representing each concentration, so that students will only sit for their concentration's exam. This exam will be given only three times each year and it is the student's responsibility to be present in New Orleans to take the exam on the given day. Students must arrange their schedules accordingly.

  2. Public Health Analysis: The public health analysis (PHA) will demonstrate the student's capacity for quality writing and should provide evidence of a thorough understanding of a specific field of study within public health. The PHA is a substantive review and discussion of the body of knowledge in a selected field of public health. The PHA should demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of the literature in a specific field. The report should thoroughly and completely address the project undertaken. The final report should be presented to the faculty advisor by the appropriate deadline. Examples of acceptable PHAs are as follows: comprehensive or systematic literature reviews, meta-analysis, or secondary data analysis. The PHA should cover a broad topic and not be too focused on a specific case study.

  3. Thesis: Among the options to fulfill the culminating experience requirement in GHMP, the master's level thesis requires the highest level of commitment from the student. The thesis will demonstrate the student's capacity for quality research and should provide evidence of mastery of a specific field of study within public health. Potential topics should be framed in terms of a question to be asked, a problem to explore, or a set of hypotheses to be tested. The thesis should also demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of the literature in a specific field. As such, the thesis should only be considered by the most advanced masters-level students, and requires the advance approval of a faculty thesis committee, which must certify that the student is perceived to be capable of successfully completing it.



The Department of Global Health Management and Policy requires a period of practical training (the Practicum) of a minimum of 250 hours, usually in the summer between the second and third semesters (for those enrolling in fall). The practicum provides students with experience in an actual health delivery or development setting, program or project, in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their coursework to practical settings. The specific outline and reporting requirements of the practicum are detailed in the SPHTM field practicum handbook.



International Health Programs Faculty

Philip Anglewicz, PhD
Katherine Andrinopoulos, PhD
Jane Bertrand, PhD
Arachu Castro, PhD
Mark Diana, PhD
Mai Do, PhD
Thomas Eisele, PhD
Anastasia Gage, PhD
Paul Hutchinson, PhD
Joseph Keating, PhD
Dominique Meekers, PhD
Nancy Mock, DrPH
Nathan Morrow
Laura Murphy, PhD
Valerie Paz Soldan, PhD
Mark VanLandingham, PhD
Josh Yukich, PhD

For more information contact:

Alison Rinehart
Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-988-5895
Location: Tidewater Building, 19th Floor

1440 Canal Street | Suite 1900 | #8346 | New Orleans, LA 70112 | 504-988-5428