Tulane Launches Undergraduate Public Health Degree

February 14, 2005

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

As global public health issues such as emerging infectious diseases and natural disasters make headlines, college students are becoming increasingly interested in entering the public health field. Tulane University is responding to these needs with an undergraduate public health curriculum. The university will welcome its first undergraduate public health students to classes on campus in Fall 2005.

"We have one of the strongest graduate level public health programs in the country," says Jeffery Johnson, director of undergraduate public health studies. "It makes sense for us to give Tulane's highly qualified undergraduates the opportunity to focus on a public health career. Public health holds a natural attraction for intelligent men and women who want to make a difference in the world."

The undergraduate program kicks off with the Fall 2005 semester. As of this February, Johnson says more than 230 incoming freshman have applied to the program. Students can select one of three public health majors: environmental health, global and community health, health informatics. Students will develop both scientific and humanistic skills, combining research experience with the ability to make difficult social choices and devise solutions to individual and population-wide health problems.

"Our curriculum draws from science, humanities and social sciences so it is a great foundation for graduate study in fields such as business, law, human services, medicine and international affairs as well as public health," Johnson says.

Classes will be taught by the faculty of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Interested students should call 1-800-873-9283 for an application.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000