Prospective Students

About LSU Health Sciences Center

Experience LSUHSC and why choose LSUHSC-SPH.  Learn what Public Health is and about living in New Orleans.

Learn more at our Prospective Student Events or join us for Open House or Chat Hour.



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

The LSUHSC School of Public Health offers five rigorous degrees: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), 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.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
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 Courtney Martin by email cmar24@lsuhsc.eduor phone 504.568.5746.

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.

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MPH/MS Scholarship Opportunities

Two partial scholarships in each of the five program concentrations are awarded in the amount of $1,000 per semester for up to four semesters (total award: $4,000).  The scholarships will be awarded to new students enrolling for the first time in the fall of each new academic year.  No existing students are eligible.

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 in the amount of $1,250 per semester for up to four semesters (total award: $5,000). The scholarships will be awarded to new students enrolling for the first time in the fall of each new academic year.  No existing students are eligible.

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 February 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.

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  Any questions regarding student employment should also be sent to

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 fees.