MPH student interviews dean

Two years ago California native David Roston was in New Orleans to get an in-person view of graduate studies at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He happened to visit just as the school was celebrating being named the top volunteer-producing graduate school by the U.S. Peace Corps for the second year in a row. There, at a reception recognizing this honor, Roston met Dean Pierre Buekens who encouraged him to come to Tulane to earn his master of public health degree (MPH).


Now on the brink of completing his MPH in health education and communication, Roston’s experience came full circle as he interviewed the dean on local human rights and social justice radio station 102.3 FM WHIV-LP.

The pair discussed the meaning of global health, the feasibility of universal healthcare, and changes in the public health landscape over the dean’s past 15 years of leadership, among other topics. Dean Buekens will step down at the close of his third term at the end of this June.


Roston hosts NOLA Matters: The Public Health Radio Hour weekly and has interviewed a number of SPHTM faculty, but he counted this interview with the head of the School of Public Health and one of the first people he’d met at Tulane as a singular experience.

Listen to the interview.