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Academic Phase

In the Academic Phase, residents pursue a master's degree at Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The academic experience provides residents with core knowledge and skills in health services administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health and social and behavioral health sciences.  Residents will complete the academic phase with proficiency in the following areas:  

  • Assessment of population and individual health need
  • Application of epidemiological and biostatistical principles and methodology
  • Planning, administration, and evaluation of health and medical programs
  • Recognition, assessment and control of environmental hazards in health including those found in the workplace
  • Recognition of the social, cultural and behavioral influences on health and illness

Residents must also complete the courses required by their chosen department within the School of Public Health. Departmental requirements are are available at the School of Public Health website. The required Biological Basis of Disease course is waived for students with a Medical Degree.

Practicum Phase

The Practicum Phase consists of supervised rotations in key areas of preventive medicine and public health including: disease surveillance and reporting; environmental health; occupational medicine; quality assurance; health systems administration and management; preventive health service delivery; disaster preparedness; and population-based research. Residents are given progressive responsibility over the two years of the program. 

Practicum experiences are completed at the Louisiana State Office of Public Health (OPH), the VA Medical Centers (VAMC) in New Orleans and Alexandria, LA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Washington, D.C., the Daughters of Charity community clinics (DOC), local school-based health centers and other sites.

Required Rotations

Infectious Disease Epidemiology & Emergency Preparedness (OPH)
Environmental Health & Epidemiology (OPH)
Performance Improvement (VAMC-New Orleans)
Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA or VAMC-Alexandria)
Clinical Preventive Medicine is integrated longitudinally as a one half day per week outpatient clinic experience. Potential sites for the clinical experience include the Daughters of Charity community clinics, OPH Sexually Transmitted Diseases clinic, OPH Tuberculosis clinic, OPH Family Planning Clinic and several School-Based Health Centers.

Examples of Elective Rotations

  • Communicable Diseases (OPH)
  • Adolescent Health (OPH)
  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases (OPH)
  • Public Health Administration (OPH)
  • Genetic Diseases and Lead Poisoning Prevention (OPH)
  • Community-Based Preventive Medicine (LPHI)
  • Rural and International Public Health