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
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 Writing (4 c.h.) or ENGL 1011 Writing for Academic Purposes (4 c.h.)) unless the student is exempt. Students receiving exemption from ENGL 1010 Writing (4 c.h.)/ENGL 1011 Writing for Academic Purposes (4 c.h.) 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 Elementary Symbolic Logic (3 c.h.))
Foreign Language (0-3 courses)
The foreign language proficiency requirement is achieved in any of the following ways:
- Passing grade in a course at the 2030 level (3rd semester of Tulane 4-credit hour Foreign Language coursework) or higher in accordance with assigned placement level
- Passing grade on a Tulane-administered proficiency exam for students with assigned placements above the 2030 level. Students who do not successfully pass the proficiency exam will be automatically placed and must successfully complete a course at the 2030 level.
- Passing grade in a course at the level of placement above 2030
- Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 in a foreign language test as noted in the AP/IB chart
- Higher-Level IB score of 5 or higher in a foreign language test as noted in the AP/IB chart
- Cambridge A-Level score decided by each department.
- SAT II achievement test of 640 or higher in a foreign language.
This requirement is waived for students in B.S.E. programs.
(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 Freshmen Colloquium Seminar (1-3 c.h.) or COLQ 1020 Freshman Colloquium (1-3 c.h.)).
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.
- 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 courses||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.
BSPH Electives provide the opportunity to focus on specialized public health knowledge or to gain a breadth of knowledge across public health fields. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of public health, students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisors to explore electives that will further their career goals or expand their public health interests and integrate other relevant disciplines into their study of public health.
A minimum of 3 courses for a minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed in Public Health courses.
Public Health Electives
|SPHU 2016||Infectious Disease Outbreaks||3|
|SPHU 2050||Arthropods and Public Health||3|
|SPHU 2220||Concepts of Health & Wellness||3|
|SPHU 2300||Introduction to Nutrition||3|
|SPHU 2333||Intro to Global MCH||3|
|SPHU 2400||Global Health in Action||3|
|SPHU 3015||PH Program Implement & Mgmt||3|
|SPHU 3120||Issues & Strategies in PH||3|
|SPHU 3200||Nutrition & Chronic Disease||3|
|SPHU 3330||Disasters & Environmental Hlth||3|
|SPHU 3500||PH Approach to Sexual Violence||3|
|SPHU 3550||Lab Methods & Public Health||3|
|SPHU 3560||Biological Basis of Disease||3|
|SPHU 3600||Women's Repro & Obstetric Hlth||3|
|SPHU 3700||Health & Human Rights in LatAm||3|
|SPHU 4160||Intro to Statistical Packages||3|
|SPHU 4180||Intro to Qualitative Methods||3|
|SPHU 4200||Evidence Based Pub Hlth||3|
|SPHU 4210||Health & Environmental Risk||3|
|SPHU 4220||Latino Health in the US||3|
|SPHU 4240||Epid of Sexually Transm Infect||3|
|SPHU 4260||Org Leadership & Mgmt||3|
|SPHU 4300||Public Health Comm.||3|
|SPHU 4330||Resilience in Int'l Disasters||3|
|SPHU 4340||Public Health Genomics||3|
|SPHU 4350||Zoonotic Infections||3|
|SPHU 4400||Practical Bioinformatics||3|
|SPHU 4410||Data & InformationMgt in PH||3|
|SPHU 4570||Internship (non-capstone)||3|
|SPHU 4910||Independent Study||1-3|
|SPHU 4920||Independent Study||1-3|
|Combined degrees: BSPH + MPH/MSPH/MPHTM degrees - Foundational Courses - SPHL 6050, SPHL 6060, SPHL 6070, SPHL 6080|
|Combined BSPH + MHA degree - HPAM 6050, HPAM 6200, HPAM 6300, HPAM 6710|
Certain courses above the 2000-level from other schools and departments with public health content or relevance may be approved by the faculty advisor as electives for public health majors. See the SPHU Public Health major check list or website https://sph.tulane/bsph/degree for list of approved electives outside of Public Health courses.
Study Abroad electives: SPHU 5390 or SPHU 5390 Study Abroad credits approved by the faculty advisor; pre-approved list of courses with public health content may be selected as electives.