Fill up the world with our students

From curing river blindness in El Salvador to working closer to home eliminating HIV in underserved neighborhoods, an SPHTM education provides the tools to make a positive lasting impact on the lives of others. Our students use that education to make a difference all over the world.

Lee Van Iderstine

For example, MPH student Lee Van Iderstine, the recipient of the 2011 Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship, established an intensive nine-week health and wellness curriculum for workers and caretakers in health and hygiene classes, with the goal of preventing severe illness and improving community health. Her clinic in Mozambique delivered care to more than 800 children of HIV-positive mothers and their caretakers. “Almost every day,” she says, “at least one of the caretakers thanks me for teaching them things that they didn’t know about how to be healthy so that they can live life to the fullest.”

Endowed scholarships provide resources which enable students like Lee to empower communities in New Orleans and across the globe. Currently SPHTM has only 19 permanently endowed scholarship funds for a student body of around 1,300 students, and the average master’s degree student graduates with $90,000 of debt. Because of this, a major goal of our school’s Centennial is to increase the amount of scholarship aid available to our students – both the number of scholarships available and the amount of financial aid each student receives.

Public health professionals with a Tulane education travel the world to take action and work toward solutions to global health challenges, from poverty and war to earthquakes and outbreaks. Thanks to endowed scholarship funds, our talented students are
able to choose a career without regard to the burden of debt so that they can go out into the world and make a difference.

If you are interested in helping to Fill Up the World with Our Students,please contact Tatine Frater:
P: 504-314-7331


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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