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Academics

Degrees offered: Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, MD-MPH Program.

The LSUHSC School of Public Health offers five rigorous degrees: Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics, Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health Sciences, and Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology. The Master of Public Health is a professional degree that is offered in five concentrations: biostatistics, behavioral and community health sciences, environmental and occupational health sciences, epidemiology and health policy and systems management.

Our competency-based curricula prepare students for success in a variety of careers in public health. Through their chosen degree program, students attain the requisite knowledge and skills to engage successfully in today’s public health practice, research and teaching. Courses are developed in direct relationship with the degree’s competencies to ensure all students acquire the needed competencies. School and program competencies were established through a collaborative process of consultation with school faculty, peer institutions and professional organizations in public health disciplines. In 2010, the LSUSHC SPH faculty and students formally adopted the current competencies.

The information on this website represents the current curricula, educational plans, offerings, and requirements, which may be altered from time to time to execute the purposes and objectives of the Louisiana State University System.

Programs

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Biostatistics
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Systems Management.

The LSUHSC School of Public Health engages in academic, research and service programs. For more information, and to learn more about each one, follow the specific links above or contact Isha Matta by email imatta@lsuhsc.eduor phone 504.568.5746.

LSU-Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

The LSUHSC-New Orleans, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program is designed to improve access to information and resources for college students attending either four-year or community college institutions, who are interested in the health professions. The goal of SHPEP is to support the academic and career development of underrepresented/underserved students in the health professions, thereby preparing them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

Prospective Student Events

Join Us in Advancing the Public’s Health at the LSUHSC School of Public Health. We invite you to join us on any of our listed events. We want to get to know you and show you all that the LSU Health Sciences Center School Public Health has to offer for an exciting career in public health. Come and learn about the School of Public Health, its areas of academic concentration, the admissions requirements and application process, and potential careers in public health.

Student Financial Aid

The Student Financial Aid Office administers grants, loans, scholarships, and part-time employment. Students interested in receiving financial aid should contact this Office well in advance of their expected enrollment. Each student’s need for aid will be evaluated on information supplied and in accordance with Financial Aid Policy of the Health Sciences Center. Representatives of the Office are available for consultation with all candidates for admission and with students.

For more information, please see: http://www.lsuhsc.edu/FinancialAid/.

MPH/MS Scholarship Opportunities

Two partial scholarships in each of the five program concentrations are awarded every fall to incoming students in the amount of $1,000 per semester for four semesters (total award: $4,000).

Dean Fontham Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a student with an outstanding academic record in honor of the School’s inaugural Dean.  One scholarship is awarded each fall to an incoming student in the amount of $1,250 per semester for four semesters (total award: $5,000)

In order to be considered for program specific scholarships, in addition to the Dean Fontham Scholarship, students must submit their application through SOPHAS. Priority consideration is given to students who apply by March 1st for the following Fall semester.

MPH/MS Employment

There are also numerous opportunities for employment as a student worker within the School in a variety of areas such as the Louisiana Tumor Registry, Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Program, HIV/STD Program, Dean’s Office Administration, and in ongoing service and research projects. Student worker appointments are also available throughout the Health Science Center. Applications for student employment are located here.  During the 2017-18 academic year 60% of masters level students were employed within the School.

Specific student worker position posting may be found here or here.  Applications and/or resumes may be submitted directly per posting instructions or may be submitted to sphjobs@lsuhsc.edu.  Any questions regarding student employment should also be sent to sphjobs@lsuhsc.edu.

The School student worker career posting page may also include opportunities outside of the University for which students should apply to the external agency per the posting instructions.

PhD Tuition Waivers and Assistantship Opportunities

All full-time PhD applicants are considered for a potential tuition waiver and/or graduate assistantship. Tuition waivers for PhD students are for base tuition and in some instances may cover non-resident fees, but do not cover miscellaneous feels.

During the 2017-18 academic year 95% of doctoral students received graduate assistantships.