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Cell phone weight loss

Can your cell phone help you lose weight?

Tanika Kelly, associate professor of epidemiology at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, said using one of the many mobile apps with daily text messages or videos incites the user to think about dieting and eating well.  One of Kelly’s meta-analysis students spurred the project. Fangchao Liu, an advanced PhD student from China, worked with a group in the class to analyze 14 previous randomized controlled trials of mobile phone interventions that included 1,337 participants. An abstract published in the journal Circulation showed mobile phone interventions correlated with weight loss and reduction in body mass index. >read more

New Predictors of Type 2 Diabetes in Native Americans

According to a study by Jinying Zhao, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology at Tulane University, seven metabolites can predict the risk of type 2 diabetes in Native American patients >read more

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About the Department of Epidemiology


Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is to play a leading role in the improvement of global public health.  This is accomplished through our programs of research, education and service at the local, national and international level. 

The Department of Epidemiology has substantial research expertise in the epidemiology of cardiovascular/renal diseases, infectious diseases, reproductive health, cancer, environmental health, genetic and molecular epistemology, outcomes research, clinical trials and epidemiologic methodology.

We have a long history of and a strong commitment to training the next generation of global public health leaders.   Classroom instruction is enhanced by unique field and research opportunities and strong mentorship. 

Specifically, we seek to:

  • Advance knowledge with respect to a wide range of critical threats to public health through our research efforts;
  • Translate this research knowledge into relevant training for the next generation of public health professionals, both in the classroom and through experiential learning opportunities; and
  • Apply that knowledge in a wide range of service and practice activities and programs that have a direct impact on the public health of communities around the world.

 The Department stresses the development of analytic and technical skills that will give students a comparative advantage in future employment.

The Department offers the following degrees: master of public health (MPH), master of science (MS), master of science in clinical research (MS), doctor of public health (DrPH), doctor of philosophy (PhD), interdisciplinary doctor of public health (DrPH) and a combined doctor of medicine/master of public health degree (MD/MPH) and doctor of medicine/doctor of philosophy degree (MD/PhD). 



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