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Global Environmental Health Sciences MD/MPH Program Requirements

The MPH in Disaster Management program prepares professionals to apply scientific principles to prevent, detect, and mitigate environmental public health problems and threats associated with natural and technological disasters- locally to globally. Students gain skills to implement population-based interventions to protect communities, particularly vulnerable populations, from natural, accidental, and intentional disasters. This MPH offering is intended for both pre-professionals and mid-career individuals. Students typically have a background in a life or physical science or engineering.

Program Competencies

For MPH in Disaster Management (most common track for MD/MPH students):

  • Apply scientific principles to prevent, detect, respond to, and mitigate local and global threats to environmental health that are associated with natural and technological disasters.
  • Integrate public health strategies in each core component of disaster management: prevention, preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.
  • Implement population-based interventions to protect communities and particularly vulnerable populations from natural, accidental, and intentional disasters that affect personal and community health.
  • Evaluate the capacity of public health systems to effectively respond to natural and intentional disasters.
  • Apply international, federal, and state regulatory policies, guidelines, and authorities to address public health needs during disasters.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Public Health in Disaster Management program must meet the school's general admission requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH degree in Disaster Management for MD/MPH students includes the following courses:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods I (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and behavioral aspects of global health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MPH in Disaster Management - Required Courses (17-22 Credits, based on advisor)

  • GEHS 6430 Disaster & Emergency Communications (3)
  • GEHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3)
  • GEHS 6910 Environmental Aspects of Disaster Response (3)
  • GEHS 6930 Populations Issues in Disaster Management (3)
  • GEHS 6950 Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters (3)
  • GEHS 7000 Environmental Health Seminar (0/1)
  • GEHS 7620 Environmental Health Risk Assessment (3)
  • GEHS 7750 Environmental Policy (3)

Other Elective Credits (10 credits)

  •  MD/MPH students receive 10 credits transferred from the Tulane SOM for successfully completing specific coursework with public health relevance.

Practicum (SPHL 9980)

All GEHS MD/MPH students must complete a 200-hour field practicum during the MD/MPH Rotation, for which they will register in the SOM during their T3 or T4 year.

Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)

MD/MPH students earning a MPH in Disaster Management conduct a Public Health Analysis, typically between the end of T2 and T4 year.

Contact Us

DMD/MPH Director: Adam Maese

MD/MPH Senior Program Coordinator: Rachael Ruiz

MD/MPH GEHS Faculty Advisor: Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH


Phone: (504) 988-7055

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