At the LSUHSC campus, is located in Downtown New Orleans in the Central Business and Medical District. It provides safe and secure campus that is also located in the heart of the city. With its elevated walk-way connecting most of our building it allows for convenient access to all of campus and its resources.
LSUHSC offers a wellness center with group exercise classes and workout equipment. The wellness center is open to all LSUHSC students, faculty, and staff, free of charge.
LSUHSC SPH promotes and support a diverse set of interest through its student led organizations. There are student government organizations, professional and other affinity groups available to participate in to enhance your student experience.
A cafeteria is available on the third floor of the Medical Education Building (MEB), and a cafe serves specialty items in the breezeway that connects MEB to the Nursing/Allied Health Building. There are also other great eateries around the LSUHSC campus.
Of course, being in New Orleans means there is no shortage of amazing food to be had!
A list of some of our favorites can also be found on our website here.
All LSUHSC schools have an opportunity to participate in intramural sports during the fall and spring semesters. In the past, the school has been able to produce enough players to make teams for flag football and softball. The team(s) made by each school play against one another in fun and friendly games that occur usually once a week for a month or two during each semester.
Advice from Students About Studying at LSU School of Public Health
Campus life is one thing but what is it really like to attend classes with the students and faculty of LSU School of Public Health? It’s a great question and one that we recently asked current students here at the school.
Below you will find the student responses to questions about what were their favorite classes, the best advice they have before starting your studies and what they wish they had known before heading to class on day one.
“Dr. Wennestrom’s BCHS 6216 Health Program Development and Planning Class. She ran the class so well, and I learned a ton. Super fun to build our own program too on topics we are passionate about.”
“EPID6210 – It was interesting to learn the foundations of epidemiology and learning how all of the different research areas of epidemiology/public health intersect at their cores.”
“Environmental Health Policy with Dr. Katner! Requires a lot of reading and research, more project-based then test-based which is my favorite way to learn.”
“Epidemiology for PH Practice because it shows different ways epi can be applied in public health…and Dr. Straif-Bourgeois is great!”
“I’d have to say the Ethics class you have to take in your first Fall Semester. You have a lot of interesting discussions about public health and how classmates feel on certain topics. These discussions are conducted professionally and in a respectful manner so things never get heated which is nice.”
“BCHS 6213 I like the structure of the class because we all have individual projects that we’re working on but during class time he allows us to talk about the community we choose to map and the project we are individually developing; so it’s really interesting to watch/hear everyone’s projects come to life during the semester.”
“Categorical Analysis. Previous students of the class have used their final projects to snag jobs.”
“BIOS6100 – Some of the topics can be challenging to understand but it is necessary to know the foundations of how data is analyzed as you learn the specifics in the epidemiology courses (for epi students).”
“Categorical Data Analysis – I don’t have a math brain, but the professor was super helpful.”
“I would have to say Intermediate Epidemiology just because of the combination of Epi studies but also Epi concepts and biases in a deep manner of understanding.”
“BCHS 6216 Hard because we only had one group assignment for the entire semester so it was really challenging as a first semester student trying to get comfortable in my concentration and with my peers; but the class overall was super beneficial for my MPH career.”
“Design and Analysis was the most challenging because I had no coding experience while most of the class did. I made it though and it was worth it!”
“A pandemic would hit (just kidding – kinda). I wish I knew how to skim-read before starting. There is a lot of reading and while I would like to read everything in depth there just isn’t time. So skimming and writing a summary has been such a timesaver.”
“I wish I would’ve spent more time researching the different disciplines. I don’t regret my choice but it’s true that some are more marketable than others right after school!”
“Don’t be afraid to ask for questions or to reach out to faculty for jobs, internships, being an author on manuscripts etc.”
“The cafeteria has some great food 😋! My favorite is the Gyudon (Japanese Beef and Rice). If I knew earlier, I would’ve started going as soon as possible!”
“How small the school is, which I love by the way!”
“Don’t overdo the workload during your first semester.”
“The MPH program, but the BCHS department specifically are great! Don’t hesitate to reach out because you are scared that you may be a bother, they really care and give great advice!”
“Taking some coding classes before would have helped me out.”
“Listen to music, walk, listen to podcasts, or go down YouTube rabbit holes :)”
“Watch an episode or two of my favorite TV series and spend some time playing with my dogs. It is important to remember to take some time for yourself to let your brain reset.”
“Take a walk in City Park and get some beignets.”
“I go to awakenings studio on Canal Street. They have aerial circus style training and pole dancing.”
“How supportive the faculty/staff is. Everyone works together to help students succeed and when you need help they are always willing and happy to assist.”
“I like that it’s in New Orleans and all of the cross bridges (for walking on campus) are really cool and convenient. Also the library staff, resources, and how they go above and beyond to help you with problems that you have.”
“The community and networking are incredible. There’s so many connections and opportunities.”
“Knowing that they have many professional or mental resources that I can use or ask for if I need.”
“Learning so much from knowledgeable teachers! I also love the different opportunities to work in the community.”
“The willingness to help from anyone. Faculty members are always willing to talk, aid with struggles, and point you in the right direction. The staff is always friendly, from the administrative staff to the custodial staff, everyone always greets you with a smile.”
“1) Figure out how you want to take notes and stick to that method, 2) If you’re having trouble in a class reach out early and often, 3) Be flexible with your career goals, you may begin the program wanting to do one thing and do a 180 by the time you graduate and that’s ok 4) Find your people. Whether they are in your program, department, or even school, build a support network of individual’s who can understand what you are going through.”
“Get involved and don’t be afraid to reach out to faculty for help or to discuss career options!”
“Get involved: join a student organization, seek out an on campus job with one of the many centers of excellence/ research programs on campus (Louisiana Tumor Registry, Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs, South Central AIDS Education and Training Center to name a few), get to know your peers and help each other out as you go through classes.”
“Go to the cafeteria! You won’t regret it!”
” Pace yourself. Don’t spread yourself thin. Get a tutor before it’s too late.”
“Take the tour of campus! I missed mine during orientation week and since have struggled with navigating the campus”
“If you enter into the public health/epi major do some coding with SAS or STATA before you start. Python and R is also helpful too! Also taking the spatial class is helpful because everyone in public health will love you as a resource if you can make maps.”