Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences

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Program: Community Health Sciences
Department: Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB)

The purpose of the Community Health program is to prepare students to work in a broad range of community-based public health settings.  The Community Health program is designed for generalists committed to building and utilizing community resources to solve public health problems.  Because community-based approaches are so widespread throughout public health, the program builds in enhanced flexibility for the student to develop – with their advisor - their own learning plan to add competencies to their training.


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Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Public Health in International Health and Development program must meet the school's admission requirements.

Program Requirements

Students completing the MPH in Community Health Sciences will complete the following requirements:

  • Coursework

    The SPHTM core curriculum: 15 credits
  • The CHS Program Requirements: 18-21 credits total, consisting of:
  • Foundation courses (6- 9 credits)
    Foundational skills applications courses (12 credits)
  • Elective courses: (9- 12 credits)
    Total: 45 credits


The practicum provides an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom.

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience integrates core and program knowledge and skills.

Course RequirementsCHS faculty at work

School Core Requirements (15 credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods I (3 credits)
  • GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy (3 credits)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of
    Global Health (3 credits)

CHS Required Foundations coursework (6-9 credits):

- Program Planning content area requirement (2 options):

  • Option A: GCHB 6110 Planning of Health Education Programs
  • OR
  • Option B: GCHB 6330 Design and Implementation of Global Health Programs (3 credits)
- Monitoring and Evaluation content area requirement (2 options):

  • Option A - single course option - 3 credits
  • GCHB 6120 Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Education and Communication Programs (3 credits)
  • OR
  • Option B - two-course option - 6 credits

  • GCHB 6270 Monitoring of Program Interventions in Global Health (3 credits) (may be substituted by equivalent course GHSD 6270 Monitoring for Program Management)
  • AND
  • GCHB 6200 Evaluation of Programs Interventions in Global Health (3 credits) (may be substituted by equivalent course TRMD 6200 Impact Evaluation)

CHS Foundational Skills Application Coursework (12 credits minimum)

  • Students will work with their advisor to choose at least 12 hours of coursework (and at least 4 courses) from the approved courses offered by the Dept. of Global Community health and Behavioral Sciences to apply the skills they learned from the foundational courses, with the goal of including courses with at least 2 learning objectives related to the program planning skills and at least 2 learning objectives related to monitoring and evaluation skills. CHS program advisors can provide more details.

    For the current list of approved Foundational Skills Applications courses, click here.

    For the Foundational Skills Applications tracking form for Program Planning, click here.

    For the Foundational Skills Applications tracking for Monitoring and Evaluation, click here.

General Electives (9- 12 credits)

  • TBD in consultation with student’s advisor. These credits may be applied to a certificate program if the student chooses this option.

Other Requirements (0 credits)

  • SPHL 7950 Culminating Experience (0 credits)
  • SPHL 9980 Practicum (300 hours minimum) (0 credits)



All GCHB students must complete a 300-hour field practicum related to applied public health practice. Learn more about this requirement in the SPHTM field practicum handbook.

Culminating Experience

All students at Tulane SPHTM must complete a Culminating Experience. For CHS, the experience is an in depth written report that considers a topic of relevance to public health practice. It involves a thorough review of the literature, discussion, and recommendations for public health policy and practice. The content and format of the report are described in the Culminating Experience Handbook.

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For more information, contact: Rosie Chavez |  504.988.6596 | Tidewater, Suite 2210

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