Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Welcome to the Dept. of Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences (GCHB)! GCHB is dedicated to the promotion of optimal health and preparing the next generation of public health professionals through teaching, research, and partnering with communities globally. Our goal is to apply lessons learned from domestic and international programs and research, seeking better ways to develop, deliver, and evaluate public health initiatives at the community level.
Our research and training programs truly span the spectrum from local initiatives, like the Prevention Research Center programs to evaluate the impact of salad bars on nutritional choices in New Orleans schools, to maternal-child health research programs investigating genetic markers of stress and allostatic load, to international programs investigating childhood malnutrition in Ethiopia or the impact of natural therapies such as probiotics on childhood diarrheal diseases in Peru. Our primary research focus is on health behavior and social determinants of health, and we are the major “home base” in the SPHTM for applied and translational research in our key areas of maternal and child health, nutrition, and health communication. Most of our research and service activities are community-based, working at the grassroots level through communities, clinics, schools, or hospitals to find practical solutions to public health problems or to implement programs to prevent morbidity and mortality in diverse populations.
Within GCHB, there are four academic sections: Nutrition, Health Education and Communication (HEC), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), and Community Health Sciences (CHS). Students receiving Master’s and doctoral degrees learn to assess the social and behavioral underpinnings of health problems, implement prevention programs addressing them, and evaluate those programs. The health problems addressed vary widely, including prevention of smoking, obesity, and HIV/AIDS, as do the settings, from developing countries to inner cities in the U.S. Faculty in GCHB are educated in diverse fields, including psychology, sociology, communications, and medicine.
Learn more about our doctoral programs.
Aug 20-22 W-F New Student Orientation
Aug 25 M First Day of Class
Sept 1 M LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
Oct 9-12 Th-Su FALL BREAK (no classes)
Congratulations to all of our graduating students!
And the SPHTM GCHB Awardees for 2014:
Elizabeth A. Bennett Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health: Anastasia Yinpa-ala Gordon
Caesar Corzantes Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health: Sarah L. Short
R. Elise Magnus L. Memorial Achievement Award: Vanessa L. Vosteen
Community Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Nutrition: Rachel Suzanna Pallin and Kaitlin Ann Storck
Community Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Health Education and Communication: Rebecca R. Kemnitz
Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Student Service Award: Kristine M. Creveling
Delta Omega Inductees:
In the News
Tulane SPHTM research: chromosome component in children impacted by prenatal smoke exposure: Kat Theall, PhD, GCHB Associate Professor
It Takes a Toilet: The Next-Gen Commode that Powers a Town: Anoop Jain, GCHB Student
In New Orleans, an Actor Turns Grocer:Tulane University PRC
Rice Makes Your Brain Bigger: Tulane University Dietitic Interns
The Long-Term Effects of Spanking: Catherine Taylor, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (504) 988-5391
Hours for student visits: M-F 9am-5pm