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DrPH in Community Health Sciences
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Mission Statement

The mission of the DrPH Program in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences is to prepare individuals for careers in government agencies or nonprofit organizations where responsibilities would include program leadership, evaluation, and applied research.


Program Description

The DrPH program trains students for advanced science-based practice and practice-oriented research. Advanced training is provided in applied public health program development, evaluation, and program-relevant research in promoting community health in a global context. Students in the program may choose to study within several specialized areas, such as nutrition, maternal and child health, health education and communication, and community health sciences.



Application Deadlines

Applications to our doctoral programs should be submitted via SOPHAS by our priority deadline of December 1 if you would like to be considered for fellowships and any available student funding.  (SOPHAS processing delays are often caused by problems with transcript and GRE verification so we recommend you submit these as soon as possible.)  Anyone who does not want to be considered for funding opportunities may submit their application to SOPHAS by our regular school deadline of January 15.



Program Competencies

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:
(Required, potential contributing courses)

1.Incorporate knowledge of the Public Health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems. (EPID 6030, BIOS 6030, GEHS 603, GHSD 6030, TRMD 6010, GCHB 6030)

2.Demonstrate advanced knowledge of evidence-based public health, and how to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses. (TRMD 6010, GEHS 6030, BIOS 6030,  EPID 6030, EPID 7310,  SPHL 9900/9910, GCHB 6030, GCHB 6210, GCHB 8150,  GCHB 8510, GCHB 6750, GCHB 6770, GCHB 6510, GCHB 8500, GCHB 8750, GCHB 8751, GCHB 6820, GCHB 6210, GCHB 6800, GCHB 6420, GCHB 6610, BIOS 6030, BIOS 6040, BIOS 6230, 6240, 6280, BIOS 6300, BIOS 7060, BIOS 7150, BIOS 7600, GCHB 6180, GHSD 6450, EPID 6030, EPID 6260, EPID 7120)

3.Be able to conduct and interpret formative research to develop public health interventions in diverse contexts. (GCHB 6130, GCHB 8500,GCHB 6180, GCHB 6110, GCHB 6220, GCHB 6260, GCHB 6350, GCHB 6800, GCHB 6810, GCHB 6820, GCHB 7150, GHSD 6220, GHSD 7130, SPHL 6170, EPID 6260, BIOS 6800, BIOS 7250)

4.Develop the professional leadership and management skills to coordinate global health interventions in diverse settings.(GCHB 8140, HSM 6030, GCHB 6550, GCHB 6220, GCHB 6800, GCHB 6820, GCHB 6110, GCHB 6770, GCHB 6990, GCHB 7150, GHSD 6020, GHSD 6360, GHSD 6380, GHSD 7580, GHSD 7540)

5.Demonstrate advanced knowledge of evaluation theory, and be capable of implementing monitoring and evaluation systems. (GCHB 8200, GCHB 8210, GCHB 6120, BIOS 7600, GHSD 6240, GCHB 6750, GHSD 7120, EPID 6130, EPID 6240, BIOS 7420)

6.Be expert in assessing the role of gender, culture, social, economic and historical contexts in developing and implementing global public health programs. (GCHB 6030, GCHB 8750, GCHB 8751, GCHB 8820, GCHB 6360,GCHB 6410,GCHB 6420, GCHB 6460,GCHB 6510, GCHB 7150, GCHB 7510, GHSD 6040, GHSD 6110, GHSD 6530, GHSD 6550, GHSD 7660)

7.Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of public health. (SPHL 9900/9910)  


Admissions Requirements

A complete SOPHAS application must be submitted for all students, including students that are returning after completing their master's degree at Tulane.  To be eligible for the DrPH program, students must have completed an MPH, MSPH, or an equivalent degree and have an outstanding academic record. Official transcripts of all baccalaureate and graduate coursework should be forwarded directly from each college or university to SOPHAS, the online application system that verifies the transcripts of Tulane applicants. For students with a master's degree, a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for graduate coursework is preferred.  Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) are required. In addition, practical experience in public health is highly preferred and considered a plus in evaluating applications.

For further details regarding admissions requirements to the school, see the guidelines for dissertations and the doctoral handbook on the Policies, Guidelines, and Forms for Students page.


Program Requirements

A minimum of 72 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree is required, which may include: the public health core curriculum, advanced core content for Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB), doctoral seminars, advanced public health core courses outside of GCHB, courses on biostatistics and research methods, a group of related courses that provides a distinct substantive area of knowledge within Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and special studies to demonstrate social, cultural, and historic knowledge of a geographic area of implementation.  At least 30 credit hours beyond the master's must be completed at Tulane University. In addition, students must fulfill the following requirements:

Note that applicants lacking one or more of the introductory Public Health Core Courses (or equivalent) will be required to successfully complete these courses. Credit for an introductory Public Health Core Course will be applied toward the 72 credits of didactic coursework required beyond the baccalaureate degree, but will not apply to the 30 credits of required post-masters coursework.


Course Requirements

Incorporate knowledge of the Public Health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems.

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of evidence-based public health, including methods for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

SPHL 9900/9910  Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar                                                    2 Credits

TRMD 6010          Biological Basis of Disease                                                                   3 Credits

GEHS 6030          Survey of Environmental Health                                                            3 Credits

BIOS 6030          Introductory Biostatistics                                                                           3 Credits

EPID 6030           Epidemiologic Methods I                                                                          3 Credits         

EPID 7310            Meta-Analysis                                                                                             3 Credits

Specific coursework, research activities, or independent studies are determined in collaboration with dissertation advisor based on research interest.


Design, conduct and analyze data from well-designed formative research for the purpose of developing appropriate public health interventions in diverse contexts.

GCHB 7130 Research Methods in Social & Behavioral Sciences                             3 Credits

GCHB 6180          Formal Qualitative Methods                                                                      3 Credits

GCHB 8500         Advanced Qualitative Methods                                                                  3 Credits

Specific coursework, research activities, or independent studies are determined in collaboration with dissertation advisor based on research interest.


Develop and apply professional leadership and management skills to coordinate global health interventions in diverse settings.

GHSD 6030          Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management         3 Credits

GCHB 8150          Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC)                                           3 Credits

Specific coursework, research activities, or independent studies are determined in collaboration with dissertation advisor based on research interest.


Demonstrate advanced knowledge of evaluation theory, and be capable of implementing monitoring and evaluation systems.

GCHB 8200          Evaluation Theory                                                                                       3 Credits

GCHB 8210        Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation                                                        3 Credits

Specific coursework, research activities, or independent studies are determined in collaboration with dissertation advisor based on research interest.


Distinguish and assess the roles of gender, culture, social, economic and historical contexts in developing and implementing global public health programs.

GCHB 6030         Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health                                  3 Credits

GCHB 8750         Social Determinants of Health I                                                               3 Credits

GCHB 8751         Social Determinants of Health II                                                              3 Credits

GCHB 8830          GCHBS Doctoral Seminar                                                                       1 Credit

Specific coursework, research activities, or independent studies are determined in collaboration with dissertation advisor based on research interest.


Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of public health.


SPHL 9900/9910            Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar                                            2 Credits

 

Schedule

See example schedule



Practicum

A 300 hour advanced field experience (practicum) that allows students to develop competencies in advanced practice skills, under the direction of a qualified preceptor in the practice setting, is required. This practicum should focus on developing advanced leadership skills in public health disciplines. The advisor works with each student to develop measurable learning objectives prior to their practicum experience. Self assessment and reflection as well as assessment of teams, peers and supervisors are important skills in future public health leaders.

Overarching Competencies

1.Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the core discipline areas of public health.

2.Apply advanced knowledge of the core discipline areas of public health to identify and solve public health problems.

3.Analyze public health issues using evidence-based practice.

4.Analyze and evaluate public health issues using contemporary, theories, and research techniques.

5.Evaluate the outcomes of public health related interventions.

6.Clearly communicate public health concepts orally and in written form.

Here are some examples of some opportunities:

Louisiana Office of Public Health

New Orleans Health Department

PACE of Greater New Orleans

Tulane SPHTM Career Center - Internship List

PublicHealthJobs.net

Tulane Prevention Research Center

Tulane Xavier National Center of Excellence in Women's Health


Comprehensive Examinations

On completion of the coursework listed above students will be required to pass a two part comprehensive examination covering the theoretical and evidence basis for public health interventions and research methods. Each part of the open-book exam will be administered in a take home format.


Dissertation

Students must complete a dissertation representing public health research that meets the school requirements for a DrPH dissertation.


Scholarships

A limited number of funding packages are available for exceptionally qualified students which may include tuition scholarships and research/teaching assistant stipends. Contact our Student Services Coordinator for more information


For More Information:

Contact us at, 504-988-6596, chs@tulane.edu

 

 
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