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Why Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine?


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Public health draws on diverse disciplines to address population health across the globe. Professionals working in public health can be found conducting experiments in the lab, working with numbers, leading large teams, or working in the community.

Some schools specialize in one or two of these areas, but at Tulane, we have strengths that take us from the lab bench all the way to the community - from basic sciences to applied research to implementation of interventions. Tropical Medicine and Global Environmental Health Sciences are two of the more lab-based departments although faculty in all departments can be found in our lab facilities. Faculty are currently using bench science for projects such as the development of a transmission-blocking malaria vaccine, analysis of the effects of oil dispersant on human cells, and determining the pathogenesis of simian immunodeficiency virus, considered to be a cross-species transmission source for HIV and AIDS.

Faculty and students in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Epidemiology look at public health issues from an analytical viewpoint, using data collected through surveys as well as molecular biomarkers found in the laboratory. This quantitative data is used to determine disease incidence, distribution, and trends; find genetic links to disease; and explore the potential causes of and risk factors for health concerns. Robust computing, databases, and software programs essential tools to scientifically quantify and measure public health problems such as the genomic basis for osteoporosis, the epigenetics of major depressive disorder, and the risk factors for cardiovascular and renal disease in Chinese men and women.

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Global Health Systems and Development and Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences often take a more interpersonal approach to public health even as they also rely on tools such as mapping, data analysis, and epigenetics to look for solutions. These faculty can be found managing large-scale international evaluation programs,coordinating healthcare decisions in a care facility, or working directly with community members to improve opportunities for physical activity in neighborhoods.

Faculty do not work in a silo. Public health is necessarily an interdisciplinary field and Tulane faculty and practitioners rely on the strengths and talents of their peers to provide rigorous, cross-cutting scholarship that leads to new, often ground-breaking results. Our faculty and by extension our students specialize in their chosen area of interest, but they also enjoy broad skills that make them at home in the lab, in the board room, and in the field.


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