Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in the education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
A leader in global health, the school is comprised of six academic departments: biostatistics and bioinformatics, global community behavioral health sciences, global environmental health sciences, epidemiology, global health systems and development, and tropical medicine. The school has more than 1,400 students and 100 faculty. The students, faculty, and staff represent more than 70 cultures from around the world.
Along with our own prestigious research centers and institutes, the school enjoys reciprocal relationships with other Tulane units, including the School of Medicine, the Tulane Regional Primate Research Center, and the Center for Infectious Diseases.
The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
About Tulane University
Founded in 1834, Tulane University is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States. A member of the Association of American Universities, we take pride in being part of this select group of 63 universities with “pre-eminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” Our schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine.
The student experience is marked by close student-faculty interaction, programs on three campuses, and a diverse student body representing all 50 states and more than 40 different countries. With 4,400 employees, Tulane is also the largest employer in New Orleans. The university is dedicated to attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff and students as we move forward toward our goal of universal recognition as one of the world’s most pre-eminent educational and research institutions.
Research flourishes at Tulane not only through our academic divisions, but also through the many centers established within these units. The university is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” Of more than 4,300 higher educational institutions rated by the foundation, Tulane remains in a prestigious category that includes only two percent of universities nationwide.
Researchers at Tulane University benefit from work conducted in multiple disciplines on three campuses. It's one of the reasons why sponsored research awards in 2007 reached the highest level in the history of Tulane University, exceeding $157.5 million. Investigators are assisted in this process by the vice president for research, whose office fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, and the Office of Research Administration, which provides both pre- and post-award services to Tulane researchers.
Tulane has also established a wholly owned subsidiary, organized as a limited liability company (LLC) under the laws of Delaware to act as a flexible vehicle for the conduct of international projects. Depending on the requirements and scope of the project, Tulane will have the ability to use this subsidiary - Tulane International LLC - to purchase a variety of services needed to implement and administer international projects. Purchased services may include: employing local administrative and lesser project staff, managing local financial operations, including establishing bank accounts, and obtaining local supplies and basic services. In this scenario, Tulane University will continue to be the prime recipient of funds for international projects, will continue to employ and pay project principal investigators and other key personnel, and will maintain programmatic, administrative and intellectual responsibilities over the project.