Public Health distance learning with a difference at Tulane University

As a working professional in public health, you’ll understand the crucial importance of the field and the impact it can have on people’s everyday lives.

What is not so obvious is that public health is protects the health of populations, prevents injury, illness and disease and promotes health and wellness. The public health areas of occupational health, environmental health and disaster management protect the health of the populations at critical times.

Whether it’s saving lives in the workplace through the crucial process of evaluating and documenting employee potential exposures to biological, chemical and physical hazards as part of the critical industrial hygiene field, ensuring employees are operating in a heathy, safe and hazard free work environment as an Occupational Health practitioner; or even answering the call at a time of natural or manmade disaster; the public health sector, and its many subsets, are having a major impact for good, both on a local and an international scale.

Never has this been so evident as it is today. As we witness a string of deadly hurricanes make their way across the Caribbean and the Southern US reaches, the work of disaster management teams could not be more vital.

As whole swathes of the region face the daunting devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Irma in Florida and Hurricane Harvey in Texas, disaster management teams have been jumping into action to organize and manage resources and responsibilities. They deal with sheltering those who have evacuated their homes, insuring safe drinking water, mitigating  mold and other environmental hazards, tracking diseases and  keeping people healthy in hard and stressful conditions until they can return to their homes.

Given the major significance and magnitude of the role, it is essential that those working within disaster areas, or overseeing the health and safety of hardworking employees, are at the top of their game.

In the public health sphere, there will always be new challenges arising and new difficulties to tackle – that’s part of what makes the job so rewarding. As a professional in the field, you will already know this. And this is why the constant evolution of your skillset is so crucial, not only to career progression, but to the success and impact your work has on the communities you serve.

When you’re ready to move to the next career level, or perhaps just hone your skills and broaden understanding, a Master’s degree or graduate certificate from an internationally-recognised university is undeniably essential.

With your career already underway and responsibilities you can’t neglect, the idea of dropping everything to go to university is not a realistic option for most. But what if you could access a world-class education from leading field professionals without leaving home?

Distance learning courses from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) at Tulane University of Luisiana make this possible.

The School’s Center for Applied Environmental Public Health (CAEPH) is dedicated to translating applied research to practice through education and training for Environmental Health, Occupational Health, and Public Health professionals using distance education.

Ever since the first class was delivered back in 1994, the School has remained a leader in the distance learning field, with the Masters of Public Health (MPH) being ranked number one online MPH program by both and

The School offers Master of Public Health (MPH) programs in Disaster Management, Occupational and Environmental Health, and Occupational Health and Safety Management, as well as a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Industrial Hygiene.

These courses are perfect for mid-career professionals looking to build their expertise and gain the knowledge and practical experience the industry requires.

Graduate Certificate programs in the same subject areas give you an option to add to your studies, or try out distance learning programs before committing to a full degree. As a bundle of five graduate courses, they provide concentrated study in a public health area. They can be pursued as a standalone option for those wanting to specialize, or can be studied in tandem with a Master’s degree.

While you may have reservations about the value of distance learning against being in the classroom, fear not – for Tulane brings the classroom to you…

Their outstanding faculty are all experienced professionals who teach within the context of practical application, helping students develop real-life skills that directly apply to the workplace.

The Virtual Campus places you right in the thick of things, meaning this form of distance learning is really not so distant. The state-of-the-art technology creates an interactive learning experience that enhances learning and keeps you engaged in the program. Rather than following the traditional method of self-study, the virtual classroom lets you attend real-time classes online, allowing you to interact with your instructor and peers.

On top of this, you’re given all the support you could expect to receive as an on-campus student. The tech support is unrivalled, with a whole team of tech staff dedicated solely to assisting distance learning students. They provide invaluable training and orientation in use of the virtual classroom and virtual campus tools, training and support with technical issues related to distance learning courses and materials, and give you the tech answers you need when it comes to troubleshooting access or connectivity problems.

The leaps and bounds made in technology have been fully embraced by the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, making the distance learning experience interactive and engaging.

The first-rate support each student receives means you are more likely to graduate with success as a distance learner. This, along with the relevant real-world knowledge incorporated into the curriculum of the graduate programs at Tulane, means that as a graduate, you leave well-equipped to make a valuable and tangible impact in the next stage of your career.

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