Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Overview

In 1912, Tulane University launched the first public health school in the United States. Since then, Tulane has established a rich legacy as a leader in public health, as evidenced by the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s No. 13 ranking among public health schools in the U.S. Today, students across the country can access our innovative curricula and acclaimed thought leadership through our extensive suite of specialized programs, offered both online and on campus.

Exceptional, field-tested faculty members have experience in all areas of public health, providing students with a holistic perspective on various public health practices. Whether on campus in New Orleans or in their own communities across the country, our students learn by doing through field placements and hands-on experiences in public health roles. As a result, they graduate as highly desirable, experienced professionals on the front lines of public health.

Online Graduate Programs

Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

Online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences

Online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Disaster Management

Online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Occupational and Environmental Health

Online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Occupational Health and Safety Management

Online Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Industrial Hygiene

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Why the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine?

Tulane knows that today’s professionals lead busy lives, and each online program in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is designed to give working adults the flexibility needed to earn a master’s degree. Online students have the opportunity to connect with their peers and Tulane faculty members through live class sessions, breakout rooms, and extensive faculty mentorship programs. No matter where they are, Tulane online students learn to promote health equity, give a voice to people in need, and create healthier communities for all.

School Highlights

We’re the oldest school of public health in the U.S.
Our programs feature practical, experiential learning inspired by the vibrant and culturally diverse community of New Orleans.
We’re the nation’s only combined school of public health and tropical medicine.
Our faculty members are field-tested, experienced public health professionals who use their experiences to craft innovative, informed curricula.
We’ve been a top graduate school producer of Peace Corps volunteers for 10 years running.
Our programs focus on creating community-informed and socially conscious public health practitioners.
We’re ranked 13th among more than 60 schools of public health, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
95 percent of our graduates find jobs or go on to advanced study within a year following graduation.

Innovate Public Health Everywhere

Tulane’s online programs are built for early- and mid-career professionals who want to dedicate their lives in service to public health. From chronic to infectious disease, physical to mental health, and local to global health issues, students learn how to assess and address health risks and their implications for social justice and meaningful change. Tulane’s online public health students and alumni believe the health of the individual relates to the well-being of the community, and they are driven to innovate and create healthier communities around the world.

Our Areas of Impact

Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

The Global Community Health and Behavioral Science department is creating the next generation of highly skilled and culturally competent public health leaders who can develop programs that address health disparities in communities around the world.

Environmental Health Sciences

The health of communities is inextricably linked to the environment, so the Department of Environmental Health Sciences educates public health professionals to address the environment’s impact on the health of populations around the globe.

Biostatistics and Data Science

The Department of Biostatistics and Data Science teaches students how to develop data-driven methodological research projects and communicate their findings so healthcare practitioners can advance their care.


The Department of Epidemiology prepares aspiring public health professionals to become disease detectives with the focus, methodology, and creativity needed to uncover the most actionable — and life-saving — insights on diseases and their spread.

Health Policy and Management

The Department of Health Policy and Management prepares future healthcare leaders to improve care delivery services, increase access to care, reduce health disparities, and advance healthcare policy worldwide.

Tropical Medicine

The Department of Tropical Medicine creates public health professionals who are prepared to address the clinical, laboratory, and evidence-based approaches to prevent and control tropical diseases.

Faculty Quotes

Alicia Battle, PhD

Associate Dean for Online Programs

“Our online degrees will offer an exciting, interdisciplinary approach to public health with a focus on leadership and health equity. It is my intent to become the world’s preeminent source for online public health education.”

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