GHSD offers new MPH programs

The Department of Global Health Systems and Development (GHSD) has reorganized its MPH curriculum to offer four programs: Health Systems Management, Health Policy, International Health Programs, and Medical Organizations and Systems. “These new concentrations allow students to prepare for tomorrow’s job market, while learning from some of the top experts in their fields,” says Dr. Jane Bertrand, PhD, chair of the department.

Remwa Academy, Kenya

Tova Reichel, MPH '07 Alumna, mapping with teachers
at Remwa Academy in Kenya.

The concentration in International Health Programs builds on the long history of Tulane SPHTM involvement in low- and middle- income countries, dating back to the 1960s. Of the 24 full-time faculty members in GHSD, 23 have taught, consulted, or conducted research outside of the United States within the past three years.

International Health Programs will prepare students to work on key public health problems, such as HIV, malaria, reproductive health, or disaster management, among others, in low-and-middle income country settings, and to learn about programs and institutions that address these problems at the global level. It will also equip them with practical skills in program development and monitoring and evaluation. Graduates can anticipate securing positions such as project manager, M&E officer, or desk officer in governmental, non-governmental, and international agencies. Dr. Katherine Andrinopoulos, assistant professor, will lead this program.

Health Systems Management and Health Policy were previously combined into a single program, but students will now be able to develop more specialized skills in each area. The new concentrations also allow for more electives so that students can select additional courses that meet their specific job training needs. 

The Health Systems Management concentration will train students to lead, manage, and administer public health systems using skills gained in financial management, program evaluation, and complex system coordination. Graduates can expect to work in both the public and private sectors, domestically and abroad. Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Joni Steinberg will lead the Health Systems Management program.

The Health Policy concentration will provide students with a foundation in the processes, concepts, methodologies, and issues involved in health policy and health policy research. Courses in this concentration will cultivate the skills needed to participate in health policy development and evaluation. Alumni will pursue careers in government and non-government research institutes, international health organizations, consulting firms, and other organizations affecting health policy. Concentration lead: Dr. Valerie Yeager, assistant professor, will lead this program.

Medical Organizations and Systems is only open to MD/MPH students and prepares those students to assume leadership roles in the delivery of health services in a domestic or international context. It will be led by Clinical Assistant Professor Mollye Demosthenidy.

Students interested in any of these programs are encouraged to contact the concentration lead to determine if their own interests are a good match for the program. In addition, Associate Professor Dr. Joseph Keating, program director for the department, would be happy to discuss curriculum options with prospective students.

With the realignment of the MPH program into these four concentrations, all previous coursework remains available to students. These new concentrations coupled with carefully selected electives are designed to prepare students for today’s competitive public health workplace.

These four concentrations are currently available in the SOPHAS application service and officially begin in August 2014 at the start of the fall semester. The Department of GHSD also offers a Masters of Health Administration (MHA) and a PhD degree.


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


February 6, 2014
Dee Boling




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