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 University's campus-wide undergraduate core proficiency through this background while stressing an additional commitment to quantitative and scientific skills.
Newcomb-Tulane Core Proficiencies
General Education Curriculum
Newcomb-Tulane College General Education Curriculum
Newcomb-Tulane College Core Curriculum allows students to explore a wide-range of disciplines and embodies the mission and values of the College by allowing students to have flexibility in their core curriculum courses while exploring a full-range of courses.
The core curriculum—which is composed of a minimum of 30 credits—is divided into two parts: proficiency requirements and a distribution of knowledge. To ensure that students experience the breadth of knowledge at the collegiate level, AP and IB courses can be used to satisfy proficiency requirements only in Formal Reasoning and Foreign Language.
Courses will be designated as satisfying the distribution requirements according to the content and methodology rather than the departmental affiliation of the course.
The new core curriculum general education requirements will go into effect with the entering class of 2018.
Courses proposed to satisfy core requirements will be ratified by the Newcomb-Tulane Curriculum Committee and the Newcomb-Tulane College faculty.
Writing Skills (2 courses and 6 credits)
Tulane undergraduates should be able to communicate effectively. Students completing this requirement will produce coherent texts that combine analysis, argument, and research.
- Tier 1: Freshman writing (ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011) unless the student is exempt. Students receiving exemption from ENGL 1010/1011 are required to take an approved writing class during their freshman year. At least 1/3rd of the grade based upon writing (excluding in class exams), but no revision required.
- Tier 2: One additional writing course at the 2000 level or above taken from an approved list. At least 1/3rd of the grade based upon writing (excluding in class exams), to include revision and re-evaluation by the instructor.
Note: creative writing courses cannot be used to satisfy the writing proficiency requirement.
Formal Reasoning (1 course and 3 credits)
One course in mathematics or symbolic logic (PHIL 1210)
Foreign Language (0-3 courses)
The foreign language proficiency is achieved by a passing grade at the 2030 level, or an AP score of 4 or 5, or a Higher-Level IB score of a 5 or higher, or an SAT II achievement test of 640 or higher, or a passing grade in a Tulane administered proficiency test. This requirement is waived for students in B.S.E. programs.
Distribution Areas (A course can satisfy only one of the distribution areas.)
Mathematics and the Natural Sciences (2 courses including 1 lab science course and 7 credits)
Tulane undergraduates should understand the methods of scientific inquiry. The mathematics and natural sciences requirement will equip students to understand and assess scientific issues that affect the world today. (Those completing the B.F.A. degree need only complete 1 course with lab.)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses and 6 credits)
Tulane undergraduates should think critically about human cultures, societies, and behaviors. This requirement acquaints students with the methods of research and inquiry in the social science disciplines.
Textual and Historical Perspectives (2 courses and 6 credits)
Tulane undergraduates should evaluate literary, philosophical, and historical texts. This area of the curriculum introduces exposes students to the methods used to examine and interpret fundamental issues of human experience.
Aesthetics and the Creative Arts (3 credits)
Tulane undergraduate students should be able to understand and appreciate the creative process and various forms of artistic expression.
Additional Core Requirements
The First Year Seminar
This requirement can be satisfied by a Tulane Interdisciplinary Seminar (TIDES) course or an Honors Colloquium course (COLQ 1010 or 1020).
All students will complete public service that is satisfied by service learning courses, an approved internship, or research experience. These courses can also be used to satisfy other areas of general education. The nature of the requirement is to be determined by the NTC faculty. Currently this is a two-tiered experience.
Race and Inclusion
One course that focuses on race and inclusion in the United States, to be completed by end of the sophomore year. Courses that fulfill this requirement will focus at least 60% of their content on race and inclusion in the United States. These courses may also be used to satisfy other general education curriculum requirements.
One course that focuses on a global-international context from a perspective outside of the U.S., with at least 60% of content with stated objectives to develop historical, cultural, and societal knowledge of an area beyond the U.S. This requirement should be completed by end of the sophomore year. These courses can also be used to satisfy other areas of general education.
Additional BSPH Proficiencies
- Writing Intensive Course or Writing Practicum
- Mathematics: One additional course
- Foreign Language: Complete proficiency to the 2030-level or above
- Describe the history, philosophy, core values, concepts, functions, and population-based approaches of public health.
- Explain the behavioral, environmental, biological, and socio-economic determinants that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
- Apply data collection and analysis to develop evidence-based population approaches to public health problems.
- Discuss and apply cultural competencies and concepts of public health planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation.
- Describe the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as the systems in other countries.
- Describe the legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory aspects of public health practice and health policy.
- Demonstrate public health communication skills using oral, written, mass media, and electronic technology formats.
|Public Health Basic Core|
|SPHU 1010||Intro To Public Health||3|
|SPHU 1020||Cell, Individual & Commu||3|
|SPHU 2150||Foundations of Environ Health||3|
|SPHU 3010||Foundations of Health Care Sys||3|
|SPHU 3110||Social & Behavioral Perspectiv||3|
|SPHU 3160||Biostatistics in Public Health||3|
|SPHU 3170||Foundations of Epidemiology||3|
|SPHU 4010||Formulation Public Hlth Policy||3|
|SPHU 4560||Capstone Internship 1||3|
|Select a minimum of six classes||18|
|Total Credit Hours||45|
Students are eligible to complete their capstone after five semesters as an undergraduate, and with a majority of their other program requirements completed. See capstone options at tulane.edu/publichealth/bsph/bsph-internships.cfm.
The BSPH Electives provides the student a chance to focus on specialized knowledge which complements their core classes. In recognition of the multi-disciplinary nature of public health, students are encouraged to consider classes in other academic fields and consult with their academic and faculty advisors to discuss ways to integrate fields in the liberal arts and sciences into their curriculum. Certain pre-medical classes, as well as a few graduate-level classes are acceptable for this requirement.
A minimum of 3 courses for a minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed in classes offered by public health faculty.
Public Health Electives
|SPHU 2050||Arthropods and Public Health||3|
|SPHU 2016||Evolu, Microbes & Disease Emer||3|
|SPHU 2220||Concepts of Health & Wellness||3|
|SPHU 2300||Introduction to Nutrition||3|
|SPHU 2333||Intro to Global MCH||3|
|SPHU 3015||PH Program Implement & Mgmt||3|
|SPHU 3020||Info In Public Hlth Prac||3|
|SPHU 3120||Issues & Strategies in PH||3|
|SPHU 3200||Nutrition & Chronic Disease||3|
|SPHU 4200||Evidence Based Pub Hlth||3|
|SPHU 4210||Health & Environmental Risk||3|
|SPHU 4240||Epid of Sexually Transm Infect||3|
|SPHU 3250||Global Food Security & PH||3|
|SPHU 4300||Public Health Comm.||3|
|SPHU 4330||Resilience in Int'l Disasters||3|
|SPHU 4400||Practical Bioinformatics||3|
|SPHU 4570||Internship (non-capstone)||3|
|SPHU 4910||Independent Study||1-3|
|SPHU 3250||Global Food Security & PH||3|
|Any other SPHU class that is not a core class|
|Any 2000 or higher level MATH class|
|SOCI 3030||Intro To Research Design||3|
|SOCI 3040||Intro Research Analysis||3|
|HISU 3541||Reproductive Health in the US||3|
|POLC 4392||Controversies-Global Pub Hlth||3|
|Additional classes above the 2000-level as approved by the student's faculty advisor|
|Study Abroad credits as approved by faculty advisor or from pre-approved list|
|Graduate level Public Health classes taken as a senior or BSPH/MPH combined degree student|
MATH 1150 Long Calculus I (3 c.h.) and MATH 1160 Long Calculus II (3 c.h.) count as 1 MATH class. PHIL 1210 Elementary Symbolic Logic (3 c.h.) does not count as mathematics class for BSPH requirements.