SPHTM Turns 100! The Last 50 Years

1967 The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine reemerges as a standalone school. Professor Grace Goldsmith is named dean. Although Goldsmith was the first woman to lead a school of public health, she did so quietly, matter of- factly. An alumna of the School of Medicine, she was a leader in nutrition and dietary disease. Her work established niacin deficiency as the cause of pellagra and also established the metabolism and minimum requirements for tryptophan and niacin. Click here to read an article from the May 29, 1972 Times-Picayune declaring Grace Goldsmith as the only head of a school of public health in the U.S.

Grace Goldsmith in the lab.

1971 SPHTM and the School of Medicine launch a combined MD/MPH program, the first such program that permits students to earn both degrees in four years. Since then, the program has grown and stands as the largest in the country. In the more than 40 years since, over 850 students have earned MD/MPH degrees.

1973 Joseph D. Beasley is dean.

Walsh was one of the key guiding forces behind the MD/MPH program.

1974 John Walsh, Acting Dean

1975 Frank Moore, is acting dean before James Banta takes the helm. Banta was the first to cultivate dengue virus in tissue culture and to demonstrate cytopathogenic effect.

1979 SPHTM begins participating in the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program. Since then, 305 mid-career professionals from 90 countries have participated in the program at Tulane, which brings international mid-career professionals to the U.S. for a year of study. Students train in many areas of public health, including health systems management, hospital administration, maternal and child health, tropical medicine, nutrition, environmental health, and epidemiology.

1987 Thomas Hamrick, Acting Dean

1988 Tulane SPHTM becomes one of the first schools to being participating in the Master’s International program. More than 150 students have gone through the program, earning their master’s degree at the conclusion of their participation the Peace Corps.

Harrison Spencer

1991 Dean Harrison Spencer, who goes on to become the current president of the APHA.

Ann Anderson

1995 Ann Anderson, Acting Dean

1997 Dean Paul K. Whelton

1999 Ann Anderson, Acting Dean

2003 Dean Pierre Buekens begins his tenure.

2005 Levee failures following Hurricane Katrina devastate New Orleans. The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine,  however, reopens in January of 2006.

SPHTM conducts a successful fundraising drive receiving more than $330,000 for endowed scholarships,

2011 The American Society of Microbiology names the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine a Milestones in Microbiology site, in honor of its long history and many contributions to the field.

July 2011 International Health and Development and Health Systems management unite to form the department of Global Health Systems and Development.

November 2012 Alumni and friends gather in New Orleans for a celebration of the school’s history with social events, a symposium, and a successful fundraising drive!

Dean Pierre Buekens and his wife dance at Saturday night’s fundraising gala and awards presentation. After attending two days of scientific symposia, guest seminars, student poster presentations, and a lively networking roundtable lunch session, Centennial guests met for one last hurrah at the La Nouvelle Ballroom at The Hotel Monteleone for dinner, drinks, and dancing to celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary of its founding. We are glad to have been able to share this milestone with so many alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends in the global health community.

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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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