programs and degrees

Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health (JD/MPH)

Program Mission / Description

The mission of the JD/MPH program in Environmental Health Sciences is to prepare students to prevent, detect and mitigate environmental health problems; conduct environmental health investigations; and identify and monitor environmental health hazards.  Additionally, the program prepares students to utilize their niche of legal training to develop and apply appropriate policies and management systems to a variety of environmental public health problems; as well as training students to synthesize imperatives of scientific and legal principles for sustainable public health practice. 

Admission Requirements

Students must meet all the requirements for admissions to MPH program at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine as well as all the requirements for admission for the JD program at the Tulane School of Law. 

Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting the law school graduation, students must meet the SPHTM academic requirements for graduation.  Specifically, at the department of Environmental Health Sciences students must successfully complete:

  • Successful completion of 45 credit hours of coursework, consisting of three course categories: required school core courses; required departmental core coursework; elective course work in either environmental health policy or disaster management
  • A 200 hour field practicum
  • A practicum report
  • A culminating experience resulting in a public health analysis of an environmental health problem or intervention
  • Presentation of the key findings of the public health analysis during the departmental seminar in the last semester of the student's MPH program

Program Competencies

At the completion of the MPH program in Environmental Health Sciences, the student will be able to:

  • Apply scientific principles to prevent, detect and mitigate environmental public health problems and threats locally and globally (GEHS 6030, GEHS 6600, GEHS 7620)
  • Conduct public health analyses and investigations for innovative solutions to environmental health issues (GEHS 6030, EPID 6030, BIOS 6030, GHCB 6030, GEHS 7000)
  • Investigate and monitor environmental hazards resulting from exposures to hazardous substances in the environment (GEHS 7620, GEHS 6510, GEHS 6590)     

Specific competencies for students focusing on elective coursework in Environmental Policy:

  • Apply international, federal, and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities to address public health issues (GEHS 7750, GEHS 6550, GEHS 6470, GEHS 6960)
  • Conduct Analysis of existing policies and regulations integrating public health science, policy, and practice (GEHS 7750, GEHS 6760, GEHS 6550, GEHS 6960)
  • Evaluate the direct and indirect human, ecological and safety effects of major environmental resource agents on human health (GEHS 6550, GEHS 6470)
  • Examine the role of policy in public health decision-making (GEHS 6470, GEHS 6110, GEHS 6960)
  • Develop a policy framework to address contemporary environmental health issues (GEHS 7750, GEHS 6110, GEHS 6550, GEHS 6960)     

Specific competencies for students focusing on elective coursework in Disaster Management:

  • Apply public health science, policy, and practice principles to address the health threats resulting from natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 7750, GEHS 6910, GEHS 7910, GEHS 6920)
  • Integrate environmental public health strategies in the development, execution, and evaluation of each core component of disaster management: preparedness, detection, response, containment, and recovery (GEHS 6910, GEHS 6940, GEHS 7910)
  • Implement population-based interventions to protect communities, particularly vulnerable populations, from natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930, GEHS 6430, GEHS 6950, GEHS 7950)
  • Evaluate the capacity of public health systems to effectively and efficaciously respond to natural and intentional disasters (GEHS 6930, GEHS 6430, GEHS 6950, GEHS 7950)

Elective Coursework

Students pursuing an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences can choose to take elective coursework in either Disaster Management, also available through distance learning, or Environmental Policy. For more information about these areas of interest, please contact Geraldine Neville at 504.988.5374.

Program Requirements

Students may apply no more than 12 credit hours in relevant Law School courses toward meeting their course requirements in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.  Relevent Law School courses for which no more than 12 credit hours may be applied toward meeting the course requirements for the MPH degree includes:

Ocean and coastal Resources Law, Environmental Law, Energy Law, Water Law, Land-Use Planning Law, and Administrative Law. 

These credits are in addition to the 33 credits taken in the SPH&TM.  A maximum of nine credits of SPH&TM course work may be applied toward the JD degree.  This course work will require law school approval.

Course and Credit Requirements for the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (total of 45 credits required)

School Core Course Requirements (18 credits)

TRMD 6010: Biological Basis of Disease

3 credits

GCHB 6030: Social & Behavioral Aspects of Global Health

3 credits

BIOS 6030: Introductory Biostatistics

3 credits

EPID 6030: Epidemiologic Methods I

3 credits

GHSD 6030: Principles of Health Systems Administration

3 credits

GEHS 6030: Survey of Environmental Health

3 credits

EHS Departmental MPH Core Requirements (10 credits)

GEHS 6600:  Principles of Toxicology

3 credits

GEHS 7620:  Environmental Health Risk Assessment

3 credits

GEHS 7750:  Environmental Policy

3 credits

GEHS 7000:  Environmental Health Seminar

1 credit

Elective Coursework (18 credits from the list below)

Elective Coursework in Environmental Policy

GEHS 6650: Environmental Health Management

3 credits

GEHS 6760: Environmental Ethics

3 credits

GEHS 6470: Management of Natural Resources

3 credits

GEHS 6960: Public Health Law

3 credits

GEHS 6110: Global Climate Change: Issues of Policy and Governance

3 credits

GEHS 6510: Water Quality

3 credits

Elective Coursework in Disaster Management

GEHS 6910: Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response

3 credits

GEHS 6430: Crisis and Emergency Communication

3 credits

GEHS 6930: Populations Issues During Disasters

3 credits

GEHS 6950: Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters

3 credits

GEHS 6920: Environmental Sampling, Monitoring and Analysis in a Disaster

3 credits

GEHS 7910: Environmental Disaster Response Planning and Implementation 

3 credits

GEHS 7950: Psychosocial Interventions in Disaster Management

3 credits

GEHS 6960: Public Health Law

3 credits

GEHS 7100: Community Resiliency in Public Health Disasters

3 credits

GEHS 7930: Special Needs In Disaster Response

3 credits

GEHS 6940: Environmental Aspects of Disaster Recovery

3 credits

GEHS 7270: Practical Applications in EHS Research (3 credits)


45 credits


Sample Student Schedules

Download a sample student schedule for the JD/MPH starting in the spring semester.

Download a sample student schedule for the JD/MPH starting in the fall semester.

Practicum Requirements

The practicum is designed to provide students with practice experience related to their field of study. The practicum is a minimum of 200 hours in an agency or other practice setting under the direction of a preceptor. A practicum report summarizes the field experiences. Download practicum handbook.

Past examples of practicum opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences Include:

  • Chesterfield County Water Utilities in Richmond, VA; Diversity Internship Program for the Utilities
  • Asian Institute of Technology, Padhumthani, Thailand
  • Louisiana Office of Public Health, Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New Orleans Health Department, Asthma Program
  • Tulane Environmental Health Sciences (CBRP)
  • Saku Central Hospital, National Institute of Health and Nutrition, Japan
  • Ferrate Treatment Technologies, LLC, Orlando, Florida
  • Sewerage and Water Board, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tulane Institute for Water Resources and Policy
  • US Forest Service, Boise national Incident Management Organization
  • Department of Health and Hospitals, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Vail Salvation Army, Edwards, CO
  • National Environmental Education Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., New Orleans, LA
  • Department of Health and Hospitals, Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Section, New Orleans, Louisiana

Culminating Experience Requirements

MPH students in Environmental Health Sciences are required to conduct a public health analysis of in fulfillment of the culminating experience.  The analysis can involve investigating a public health problem or proposing ways to conduct an intervention.  upon completion, the student must present the findings during the departmental seminar in the last semester of studies. Download culminating experience handbook


For more information about the JD/MPH in Environmental Health Sciences, please call 504.988.5374.



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