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. Students across the country can access this innovative curriculum and acclaimed thought leadership through the Online Master of Public Health (MPH) program, which advances the school’s mission to advocate for the benefit of public health by creating culturally competent professionals throughout the world. Tulane knows that today’s working professionals lead busy lives, and the program was designed to expand access to a diverse group of students driven to promote health equity, give a voice to those in need, and create healthier communities for all. Online MPH students will connect (digitally and in person) with peers and Tulane faculty members who are active public health researchers in the heart of New Orleans, a city known for its vibrant culture and legacy of resilience and tenacity.

Online MPH Program At A Glance

Health equity focus.

Learn core public health concepts through the lens of health disparities.

Pioneering insights.

Find out how we have earned our reputation for groundbreaking research.

Flexible online format with structured curriculum.

Enroll in a program designed to fit into your busy life.

Expert leadership.

Connect with award-winning, trailblazing faculty members.

Innovate Public Health Everywhere

The online MPH degree is built for early- to mid-career professionals ready to dedicate their lives to service in public health. From chronic to infectious disease, physical to mental health, and local to global health issues, students will learn how to assess and address health risks and their implications for social justice and meaningful change. Tulane MPH 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.

Program Benefits

Support Public Good

Tulane’s Online Master of Public Health creates culturally competent public health innovators.

Recognize the inherent dignity of all people and work for a more equitable public health system.
Examine research in real-world environments to highlight underserved populations and effective interventions.
Become a public health advocate and implement evidence-informed policy.
Earn your degree from the nationally recognized Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, located in dynamic New Orleans, Louisiana.

What You Will Learn

The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine creates well-rounded leaders who work for public good. Graduates thrive in their professional lives with a firm grasp of the five core areas of public health.

  • Epidemiology: Learn how diseases become public health crises.
  • Behavioral science: Understand what motivates individuals to make healthier choices.
  • Biostatistics: Use data to evaluate and address health risks.
  • Management: Become an expert communicator. Learn to influence leaders and policymakers in the interest of public good.

The 45-credit Online MPH is a Tulane degree that emphasizes leadership skills in Community Health Sciences, a program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The curriculum comprises the following courses:

  • Foundations in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • Biostatistics for Public Health (3 Credits)
  • Epidemiology for Public Health (3 Credits)
  • Health Systems, Policy and Management (3 Credits)
  • Design Strategies for Public Health Programs (3 Credits)
  • Health Equities and Public Health (3 Credits)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health Programs (3 Credits)
  • Community Training Methodologies (3 Credits)
  • Health Communication Theory and Practice (3 Credits)
  • Social Innovation Tools for Health Professionals (3 Credits)
  • Social & Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3 Credits)
  • Academic Residency (3 Credits)
  • Integrated Learning Experience (3 Credits)
  • Practicum (0 Credits)
Students can take more than one AR to satisfy their elective requirements.

Academic Residencies

Academic Residencies (ARs) are immersive experiences designed to provide online students with co-curricular skill development outside of the virtual classroom. Through field study across the country and abroad, students practically apply concepts to provide depth of their learning. ARs are unique opportunities for students to have meaningful interactions with peers, faculty, program mentors and public health leaders.

Students focus on applying knowledge to solve problems in case studies, attend field trips to community- based public health organizations, and network. Participating in an academic residency counts as credit hours. Students may enroll in more than one AR.

Upcoming Webinars

November 17th, 2020
7:00pm CT
Online Master of Public Health Program Overview
Join our webinar with the Online Master of Public Health (MPH) enrollment team to learn how to create a strong application for graduate school as well as ask any questions you may have about the Online MPH program and admissions process.


Our renowned faculty brings real-world experience to the classroom. They will prepare you to make an immediate impact on your organization.

Dean Thomas A. LaVeist

Dean and Professor, Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity

Dean LaVeist is committed to addressing health equity in the public health sphere and studying how race disparities impact health-related outcomes.

Alicia L. Battle

PhD, MCHES, Associate Dean for Online Programs

With over 22 years of experience as a health educator, Dr. Battle has a strong commitment to wellness programming that fosters comprehensive student success.

Aaron Hoffman

Assistant Professor

Bringing his expertise in translational research to the MPH program, Dr. Hoffman’s work focuses on the treatment and prevention of cancer.

John Lefante

Professor and Chair of Biostatistics and Data Science

Dr. Lefante’s award-winning teaching in biostatistics and applied statistics in public health helps equip students with strong analytical skills.

Alyssa Lederer

Assistant Professor

Exploring the intersection of health interventions and behavior change in her research, Dr. Lederer works across Tulane organizations to encourage the well-being of the TU community.

Kathleen (Kathy) Carneiro

Director of Online Program

Kathy has been directing distance learning through the school’s Center for Applied Environmental Public Health since 2016, which made her a natural fit for the expanded role across all online programming at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM).

Dr. LuAnn E. White

Senior Associate Dean

Dr. White is a toxicologist and director of the Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Health (CAEPH). Her research focuses on environmental factors that impact children’s health, particularly childhood lead poisoning and environmental triggers of asthma.

Gretchen Clum

Associate Professor

Dr. Gretchen Clum’s work has been focused on exposure to stressful events, mental health, and health outcomes in women and adolescents, primarily within vulnerable populations.

The Growing Need For Public Health

Earn your master’s in public health online to access opportunities that multiply each day. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the healthcare and social assistance sector will create nearly 4 million jobs by 2026 — about a third of all new jobs. Prepare to serve in a variety of settings and roles, including:

  • Health education
  • Research
  • Program development and management
  • Healthcare environment
  • Foreign aid worker
  • Local or federal government
  • Nonprofit entities

School Of Public Health And Tropical Medicine

Tulane’s rigorous Online MPH is offered by the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine — the No. 13 school of public health in the U.S. and the only combined school of its kind in the nation. MPH students approach public health through a global lens to promote health equity. Tulane is the top-ranked graduate school for producing Peace Corps volunteers for a reason. Apply now to become an expert in the five core areas of public health and develop leadership skills to help you improve lives.

Unlock opportunities in public and private sectors to define your career path.


Students are required to travel to campus to participate in orientation. Students admitted to the fall and spring terms will come to New Orleans and participate in an in-person orientation. Students entering the program in the summer will have a virtual orientation and will be invited to join students in the fall.
Students enrolled in the Tulane Online MPH may only take online courses at this time.
Yes. The program blends self-paced asynchronous coursework with live, synchronous sessions for discussions, case studies, and exercises to allow students to hone their acquired knowledge and skills.
All students are required to supply their own desktop or laptop computers throughout the program. Click here to review our detailed recommendations for technology. In addition, students who do not own a printer should consider purchasing one to produce hard copies of course materials.
With guidance from program faculty, all students will complete an Applied Practice Experience prior to graduating.

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