More than 360 students earned master’s degrees from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at the school’s commencement ceremony in May. The school also granted more undergraduate degrees this year than ever before, with 38 students earning their bachelor of science in public health degrees. Twenty-seven students earned a DrPH, ScD, or PhD degree.
Amy Tsui, director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population Health, delivered the keynote address at Dixon Hall. Her work focuses on building research and educational capacity in universities in low-resource settings, primarily on the African continent. Her research is centered on reproductive and sexual behavior, reproductive management, and population and development.
In 2005, Tsui was selected as a Champion of Public Health at Tulane. “Unfortunately, that honor was never acknowledged in person because of Hurricane Katrina,” said Dean Pierre Buekens. In honor of her achievement, the dean asked those in attendance to join him in a round of applause.
Addressing the graduating students, Buekens welcomed them to the distinguished body of men and women who make up nearly a century of Tulane public health alumni. “You enter the public health profession at a time when the need is great and the opportunities for practice are expanding,” he said.
“We continue to see an ever-increasing need for public health study and response throughout the globe. You have worked hard at Tulane to get where you are today and your education will go with you as you embark on the next phase of your professional career.”