Additional Information on the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
The Tulane Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree is an academic degree which addresses the health of populations and communities through instruction, service, and community based research. The degree is firmly grounded in a background of humanities, social science and the liberal arts. The degree fulfills Tulane Universitys campus-wide undergraduate core proficiency through this background while stressing an additional commitment to quantitative and scientific skills.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) consists of:
Students pursuing a BSPH degree are responsible for completing the Newcomb-Tulane general core, including a public health focused capstone. Students must enhance the general core with courses in the following areas:
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) cannot be used towards this 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.
School of Continuing Studies courses not cross-listed with either the School of Liberal Arts or the School of Science and Engineering do not satisfy BSPH degree requirements.
Courses taken at other area universities and colleges will be treated as transfer work.
Public Health Course Descriptions
Students completing a Public Health Major are required to complete all four of the following classes, for a total of 12 credit hours.
Students completing a Public Health Major are required to complete all five of the following graduate level classes, for a total of 15 credit hours. Students may begin taking these classes when they reach junior status.
The elective component of the BSPH degree is in place so that students may guide part of their degree program fit their academic interests. Students may complete public health undergraduate classes and select graduate level classes to fulfill this requirement. Students are also encouraged to consider classes in other academic fields and consult with their academic advisor to discuss ways to integrate fields in the liberal arts and sciences into their curriculum. Certain pre-medical classes are also acceptable electives to meet this requirement.
Students must complete six classes for a minimum of 18 hours to complete this requirement. Acceptable electives include:
Any undergraduate public health course (SPHU) outside of the basic core classes Study Abroad credits as approved by faculty advisor or from pre-approved list. Additional classes above the 2000-level may be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.