Pincus Scholarship

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The Pincus Violence Prevention Scholarship is an interdisciplinary, two-year scholarship program embedded within Tulane’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program. This scholarship program integrates faculty across all schools at Tulane, particularly the Schools of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Social Work, and Medicine, the Violence Prevention Institute (VPI), and a network of community partners across the city. Scholars will learn a wide range of comprehensive and innovative approaches to prevent and address the impact of violence on children and families. Through unique classroom and experiential learning activities including hands-on field-based education, scholars will develop a specialized skill set to effectively collaborate with communities to prevent violence and promote child health and well-being.

Scholarship Benefits

Benefits of the scholarship include: 

  • Receive up to $40,000 taxable stipend
  • Receive special guidance in selection of community organization for the Applied Practice Experience
  • Build a professional network with other Pincus scholars, over 50 VPI faculty, community partners and community leaders
  • Learn in a specialized and interactive studio seminar
  • Receive cross-disciplinary guidance and mentorship from VPI faculty and community partners.
Scholarship Requirements

Scholars will enroll in a MPH program within the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences (SBPS) or Department of International Health and Sustainable Development (IHSD) and will complete a total of 45 credits. 

Classroom Requirements:
Pincus Scholars will complete degree program requirements within the SBPS or IHSD departments. Scholars will be carefully advised by faculty mentors to take courses essential to building skills to effectively collaborate with communities to prevent violence and promote child health and well-being. Courses may include:

  • Violence Prevention Studio - This course is designed to create an interactive and unique learning environment for students, community partners, and Violence Prevention Institute faculty through strengthening the partnerships between academic institutions and community organizations focused on preventing violence as well as mitigating the negative effects of violence on children. Community partners will speak about the violence prevention programs and strategies utilized by their organization and will also discuss their specific training capacities and potential practicum projects for scholars to complete in their field based training.
  • Violence as a Public Health Problem - This course is designed to give an overview of the problem of violence as viewed from a public health perspective. Students will look at the epidemiology of violence (scope, causes, risk factors, and consequences) alongside public health approaches to the problem. Local academic and community leaders in the field will lend their expertise to help students understand and address violence as a public health problem.
  • Child Health and Development - This course covers child health and development by addressing important global health issues in each stage of childhood, the biologic, genetic, psychosocial, and environmental influences upon those issues, medical aspects of their management and most importantly, fundamental public health approaches to intervention.

Applied Practice Experience:
All MPH students must complete an Applied Practice Experience. Pincus Scholars will complete this experience through field-based training, experiential learning, and direct mentorship. Scholars will be placed with a community organization based on interest to complete hands-on field-based training.

Integrated Learning Experience:
All MPH students complete an Integrated Learning Experience. Pincus scholars will be encouraged to focus on violence prevention.

Application Information

Students admitted to the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences (SBPS) or Department of International Health and Sustainable Development (IHSD) are eligible to apply. Joint degree students (MD/MPH and MSW/MPH) and combined BSPH and MPH students are encouraged to apply.

Application Process:
Students will apply to Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) through SOPHAS, the central application hub for many schools and programs of public health. 

Once admitted to SPHTM, students will be given access through email to complete a secondary application to the Pincus Violence Prevention Scholarship.

For more information how to apply to SPHTM including admission requirements, visit SPHTM Admissions.

For additional information, contact Hannah Gilbert.

The Pincus Family Foundation was formed in 2005 by Philadelphia philanthropists David and Gerry Pincus who dedicated themselves to learning first-hand about the challenges children face worldwide, then helping to address those challenges. The Pincus Family Foundation supports organizations and programs promoting children’s health, education, safety, nutrition, recreation and the arts locally and worldwide.