Why Tulane School of Public Health
and Tropical Medicine?
Theory is great, but it’s actual skills and experience that will make the difference in the work force. Our programs are designed to teach students real-life skills they can use on the job immediately after graduation. From the examples shared in class to the direct experiences of our faculty, students learn what it’s like on-the-ground in their field. Employers frequently report that our students are well-prepared with skills at the ready to use on Day One and that’s our goal in teaching students.
Furthermore, every student is required to complete a practicum that gives them hands-on experience. The practicum is an opportunity to test drive your career goals and use the skills taught in class. All practica are supervised by qualified preceptors who are public health professionals, with additional oversight by faculty advisors. The practicum is a unique opportunity for students to use their education creatively in a practical setting. All require a minimum of 200 contact hours, but some departments require more. Students and preceptors together outline goals for the practica before it begins. At the conclusion, preceptors evaluate the students and students complete self-assessments that demonstrate how goals and objectives were met.
Perhaps our skills-based focus is why over 90% of our students find jobs or continue their academics within six months of graduation, many before they even leave campus. Through our Career Services unit, students are also well prepared for job hunting, interviews, and writing resumés, all needed skills in the competitive public health field today.
At Tulane, you’ll gain more than a degree; you’ll leave with a full public health tool box you can carry with you throughout your career.
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