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Master's Programs

Tulane prepares students for careers in public health domestically and internationally with study in all five areas of public health plus tropical medicine. Students can pursue the MPH, the MSPH, the MS, or the MHA degrees in a total of 16 professional master’s programs, offered through six departments.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health is the recognized professional degree for leadership careers in public health. The MPH degree is based on a multidisciplinary field of study that addresses the health of populations throughout the world and covers the five core areas of public health (epidemiology, behavioral science, environmental health, biostatistics, and management). Students with an MPH degree are prepared for practice in a wide range of public health settings including local, state, federal, and international organizations and the private sector. We offer the following MPH programs:

Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM)

The Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is a practice-oriented program that prepares students to recognize and control infectious diseases found in tropical and subtropical regions and developing countries. This degree is unique to Tulane and reflects a century of work with tropical diseases.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

The Master of Science in Public Health is a public health professional degree that includes a science orientation. Students obtain a public health foundation in the five core areas (epidemiology, behavioral science, environmental health, biostatistics, and management) with additional study in a scientific topic. Students are prepared for public health practice in their area of study as well as in research. We offer the following MSPH programs:

Master of Science (MS)

The Master of Science degree is an academic research degree with study in biostatistics, epidemiology or clinical research. Students are prepared to work on research projects as study managers, data analysts, and other research related activities. The MS degree requirements range from 36-45 credits. Click on the links below to learn more. We offer the following MS programs:

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

The Master of Health Administration trains future managers and leaders who strive to improve the delivery of health services in diverse settings. The MHA program is the most widely accepted management degree in the U.S. healthcare system. Graduates are employed with public and private hospitals, ambulatory care organizations, long-term care institutions, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, multi-institutional systems, and other organizations concerned with the planning, delivery, and financing of personal health services. The MPH draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of our faculty who create and disseminate knowledge that improves managerial practice and strengthens health systems worldwide. The program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) since 1971.

Master's Degree Requirements

All professional degrees (MPH, MSPH and MPH&TM) require the school-wide core requirements. No student may graduate without fulfilling all of the core requirements:

  1. Core Course Requirements: Students must achieve the competencies in the public health core areas:

    BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
    GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
    ​EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods (3)
    ​GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)
    ​GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)

    Note: TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease (3) is no longer a required core course, but students are expected to have knowledge of basic public health biology. Certain courses require the TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease (3) as a prerequisite. Students may take a challenge exam to determine if they should take TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease (3). The challenge exam is administered just prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.


  2. Achieve the program competencies; Each program defines its requirements that include 18- 21 credits of required courses that provide the program competencies. The practicum and culminating experience are tailored to the degree program. 
  3. Complete a practicum (minimum 200 hours) to gain practical experience in the field.
  4. Complete a culminating experience that integrates and applies the core and programmatic knowledge and skills in practice settings.