Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences 

Community solutions to global health issues

Welcome to the Dept. of Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences (GCHB)!  GCHB is dedicated to the promotion of optimal health and preparing the next generation of public health professionals through teaching, research, and partnering with communities globally.  Our goal is to apply lessons learned from domestic and international programs and research, seeking better ways to develop, deliver, and evaluate public health initiatives at the community level.

Our research and training programs truly span the spectrum from local initiatives, like the Prevention Research Center programs to evaluate the impact of salad bars on nutritional choices in New Orleans schools, to maternal-child health research programs investigating genetic markers of stress and allostatic load, to international programs investigating childhood malnutrition in Ethiopia or the impact of natural therapies such as probiotics on childhood diarrheal diseases in Peru.  Our primary research focus is on health behavior and social determinants of health, and we are the major “home base” in the SPHTM for applied and translational research in our key areas of maternal and child health, nutrition, and health communication.  Most of our research and service activities are community-based, working at the grassroots level through communities, clinics, schools, or hospitals to find practical solutions to public health problems or to implement programs to prevent morbidity and mortality in diverse populations.

Within GCHB, there are four academic sections:  Nutrition, Health Education and Communication (HEDC), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), and Community Health Sciences (CHS).  Students receiving Master’s and doctoral degrees learn to assess the social and behavioral underpinnings of health problems, implement prevention programs addressing them, and evaluate those programs.  The health problems addressed vary widely, including prevention of smoking, obesity, and HIV/AIDS, as do the settings, from developing countries to inner cities in the U.S. Faculty in GCHB are educated in diverse fields, including psychology, sociology, communications, and medicine. 

Starting July 1, 2015 Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences will also be the home for the International Health and Development (IHD) concentration, formerly housed in the department of Global Health Systems and Development.



Check out our international field study courses here!
This summer in Haiti and Taiwan.






Learn more about our doctoral programs. 

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2015

Jan 7-9 W-F

New Student Orientation 

Jan 12 M

First Day of Class

Jan 19 M


Feb 6 F 

Culminating Exam: Part A 

Feb 16-17 M-Tu


Mar 6 F

Culminating Exam: Part A retake 

Mar 29-Apr 6 S-M


Apr 15 W

Culminating Experience Workshop 

Apr 28 Tu

Last day of classes 

May 1-9 F-Sa 


May 16 Sa 


Future Dates (2015 - )

Jun 12 F

Culminating Exam: Part A 

Jul 10 F  

Culminating Exam: Part A retake 

Oct 2 F 

Culminating Exam: Part A 

Oct 30 F 

Culminating Exam: Part A retake 

Jan 29 F (2016) 

Culminating Exam: Part A 

Feb 26 F (2016) 

Culminating Exam: Part A retake 


Congratulations to all of our graduating students!

And the SPHTM GCHB Awardees for 2014:

Elizabeth A. Bennett Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health: Anastasia Yinpa-ala Gordon

Caesar Corzantes Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health: Sarah L. Short

R. Elise Magnus L. Memorial Achievement Award: Vanessa L. Vosteen

Community Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Nutrition: Rachel Suzanna Pallin and Kaitlin Ann Storck

Community Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Health Education and Communication: Rebecca R. Kemnitz

Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Student Service Award: Kristine M. Creveling

Delta Omega Inductees: 

Jacqueline Gilford
Janelle Driscoll
Katherine Williams
Julia Kocian
Danielle Walden
Kaitlin Cassidy
Jacqueline Perdue
Chloe Lake


In the News

Tulane SPHTM research: chromosome component in children impacted by prenatal smoke exposure: Kat Theall, PhD, GCHB Associate Professor

It Takes a Toilet: The Next-Gen Commode that Powers a Town: Anoop Jain, GCHB Student

In New Orleans, an Actor Turns Grocer:Tulane University PRC

Rice Makes Your Brain Bigger: Tulane University Dietitic Interns

The Long-Term Effects of Spanking: Catherine Taylor, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor


Contact Info:

Contact us at or by phone at (504) 988-5391

Hours for student visits: M-F 9am-5pm



GCHBS, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5391