Distance Learning Program at CAEPH
With more than 10 years of experience in delivering high quality graduate level education via distance learning, Tulane University's Center for Applied Environmental Public Health helps mid-career occupational health and safety professionals further their careers through programs designed for several very specific areas:
Non Degree Seeking Student Status
Prospective students with an undergraduate degree have the option of taking courses without matriculating toward a degree. With a simpler application process a student can apply to take up to 15 credit hours. This may be an option for students who want to transfer one or two courses into another degree program or for those who cannot meet the application deadline for a particular degree program in time to matriculate. Others who want to test their performance in or affinity to a distance learning environment before committing to a degree program might prefer this option. All coursework taken for a grade is graduate-level and fully accredited. Successfully completed courses may be applied later to a degree program after a full application is submitted and if the student is accepted into the program. Taking courses as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission into a degree program.
We also offer courses on a limited basis to non-degree seeking (special) students who wish to take 15 credit hours or less but who are not looking to pursue a full degree program at this time.
About Distance Learning
Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has been educating public health professionals since the early 1900's. As part of this tradition, CAEPH is dedicated to providing a top quality educational opportunity to occupational and environmental health professionals who seek additional education to enrich their understanding and improve their performance and managerial abilities in the workplace. We use premier state-of-the-art Internet technology to enhance the adult learning experience.
While many distance learning programs feature as "work at your own pace" environment with little to no contact between the student and the professor and between the student and other students, Tulane's program is structured more like a traditional degree program, although the courses are offered after traditional work hours. The live and interactive nature of the courses as well as the small group assignments in parts of the curriculum encourage networking with other professionals and a greater understanding of the diverse career possibilities in the occupational health, environmental health and safety fields.
Most students enter the program and become part of a cohort of students who proceed through the program together. Typical students take two courses (six credits) each semester, including summer for three years. Each course meets one night a week for approximately two to three hours. Students taking two courses meet two nights a week. Some weekend "labs" or small group sessions may be scheduled occasionally. All students must complete a Culminating Experience or culminating experience after completing their coursework through which they demonstrate the application of public health theory to a real world problem or research project.
Motivated and organized students will complete the Culminating Experience project in one semester and others may take longer. All students are highly encouraged to complete the project within 1 year following the completion of course work. All of the school masters programs also have a practicum requirement; this may be waived by mid-career professionals with the appropriate documentation.