Tulane SPHTM gave me the foundation to pursue a commission with the U.S. Public Health Service as an officer.

My 2015 internship with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Junior Commissioned Officer Student Extern Program (JrCOSTEP) of the U.S. Public Health Service led to an occupational epidemiological fellowship at NIOSH. The Department’s multidisciplinary research environment encouraged unique internship opportunities – I discovered my strengths and improved where needed.

Kyle_Moller_800px copyNow, as an epidemiologist at NIOSH, my research focuses on mitigating the hazards and risks experienced by aviation workers in Alaska through the development and implementation of public health interventions. This new and exciting project differs from my dissertation topic (exposure to soil contaminants through urban agriculture) but is very much supported by the real world application of skills gained at Tulane SPHTM, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences.

Dr. Kyle Moller Epidemiologist, Associate Service Fellow
NIOSH GEHS graduate MSPH, 2012 and PhD, 2016

What’s all the buzz about?

Whatever it is, we hope this is where you’ll find it. Tidewater Buzz is a blog that will give prospective students and others interested in SPHTM a feel for what it’s like to be a student at the oldest school of public health in the country.

You’ll hear from current students, graduates, and other members of our community about the kinds of things that don’t always fall neatly into Admissions or Academics categories on a website.

For instance, this fall we plan to launch a recurring theme about neighborhoods. You’ll hear from students themselves about where they live and why they like it. We’ll also introduce you to some favorite New Orleans traditions and other aspects of life here that make life here like nowhere else on earth.

We’ll also give you a glimpse into life as a student. What’s a typical day like? What kinds of jobs are available on campus? How do you find a practicum? How welcoming is the school to international students?

Oh, and what’s with the name? Tidewater is the name of the building SPHTM calls home. It’s a 26-story office building located on Canal Street not far from the French Quarter, and was donated to Tulane University by Tidewater Marine in 1993. We like to call it our “vertical campus.”

Canal streetcar_7644_pbc_2-hpr_revised01182017We hope that as you get the buzz, you’ll come to love SPHTM and New Orleans as much as we all do. Read on and enjoy!

—Dee Boling