An Interdisciplinary Incubator for Research

Geetha Bansal, associate dean for research, chats with presenter Charles Van der Horst, professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, at a cross-departmental research forum sponsored by the I2PH.

In an effort to address the ever-changing issues of global health by increasing the quality of research that impacts these issues, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine launched the Interdisciplinary Innovative Programs Hub for Global Health in early 2012.

The program hub, also known as I2PH, was initiated by Geetha Bansal, associate dean for research, to increase interdisciplinary research at the school. Using an incubator approach, the I2PH provides space for students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on innovative research projects, and it also offers a variety of opportunities for networking, career development, and mentoring.

The I2PH features 17 offices, two seminar rooms, and a board room, as well as informal seating areas and a break room. Offices and meeting space can be reserved on a temporary basis.

Laura Murphy, clinical associate professor of global health systems and development, has already made use of the I2PH. She reports that a team of faculty, program staff, and doctoral students met for a week in the facility to brainstorm ideas for a pre-proposal to USAID. They emerged with a concept for the Tulane Innovation Exchange, a university-wide initiative to scrutinize and disseminate social innovations through the Tulane campus and with regional hubs in Kenya and Peru. The space offered Murphy and her team a quiet, separate location to host people from around the university away from the pull of the team’s busy regular offices. Learn more about the I2PH by visiting

— Alicia Duplessis Jasmin


About Tulane University SPHTM

Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
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