Global and Community Health, B.S.P.H.

The Global and Community Health major educates students in the biologic and behavioral determinants of important public health problems in both developed and developing countries and discuss disease prevention strategies at the levels of communities and populations. Students will learn how knowledge of both the biological sciences and the social sciences (such as economics, psychology, and sociology) can be applied in developing public health policies and in planning, implementing, and managing prevention programs. Specific competencies include:

Students who plan to attend medical school should meet with their academic adviser during their first semester to ensure that premed requirements will be met.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) consists of:

Enhancement of the General Core

Students in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine must enhance the general core with courses in the following areas:

Foreign Language

Passing a foreign language course at Tulane at the 203 level or above. Students who have demonstrated proficiency at the 203 level upon arrival at Tulane must satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking a higher level course in that same language. Students may not satisfy this requirement on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


A minimum of 6 credits in Mathematics (two courses) or one additional course beyond the general core for quantitative reasoning. Symbolic Logic (PHIL 121) can not be used towards this requirement.

Professional Communications

Students are require to take SPHU 430 to satisfy this requirement

Writing Intensive Requirement

The Writing Intensive Requirement may be satisfied with a passing grade in at least one approved Writing Course beyond the proficiency requirement in English. Students normally satisfy this requirement by taking one of the courses on the approved list of writing courses. Completion of the first-year writing competency requirement is a prerequisite to enrollment in a writing intensive course.

Basic Core Curriculum (21-22 credit hours)

Students must complete the following undergraduate public health core courses regardless of area of major. All courses are three (3) credit hours.

Advanced Curriculum (15 credit hours)

Beginning in the junior year, students take the six advanced public health core courses as part of their undergraduate experience. These courses also serve as a bridge for those wishing to enter the 4/1 BSPH/MSPH program. The core courses in the graduate public health curriculum include:

Required Courses