Diverse researchers and professionals working together

Hard Soft Sciences in Public Health Reports, Mark VanLandingham, PhD Here at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, you’ll frequently hear us say that we practice public health from the bench to the community. It’s true – you can find our faculty in the lab conducting controlled experiments, in front of a computer analyzing huge sets of data; and in the community evaluating the social and environmental determinants of health. For most projects, faculty work together across disciplines to come up with the best, most robust conclusions to pressing public health concerns.

Mark VanLandingham, PhD, Keller Professor in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development, addresses this issue in his recent article On the Hard and Soft Sciences in Public Health. VanLandingham takes on the subtle or not-so-subtle divide that can often be found between so-called “soft” and “hard” science. His article was published this month in Public Health Reports, the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service published by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

VanLandingham is currently on sabbatical from Tulane, serving as a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar.


Dee Boling is director of communications for the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.


March 14, 2014
Deirdre Boling



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