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Health Wave RLC

health wave students exercise in the Reily. quote reads "The essence of healthy living is achieving balance  between the mind, body, and soul. The Health Wave  RLC encourages students to make connections  between their physical bodies, their lifestyles, and the  world we live in." Scott Tims, Assistant Vice President for Campus Health

A communal living opportunity focused on self-care, wellness, and public health, Health Wave encourages students to take care of themselves and their communities. Initiatives include workshops, dinners with guest faculty speakers, access to exclusive fitness and wellness programs, mindfulness instruction, and nutritional support.

During freshman year, students are faced with a broad range of experiences and choices. The community of Health Wave is geared toward mindful choices and an intentional mindset. Residents here benefit from a variety of resources provided through a partnership with Campus Health, including mindfulness instruction, yoga, and nutritional support. In addition, residents are afforded the opportunity to interact with a variety of health-focused faculty in a casual atmosphere.

students stand in a food market and discuss the environment with a professor. title reads "change from within"


The Health Wave RLC is a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and Campus Health.


All first-year students at Tulane Universities are required to take a TIDES course. Members of Residential Learning Communities have the opportunity to enroll in a TIDES course that explores the concepts and values of their community in depth. For 2018-2019, the affiliated TIDES are:

  • TIDE 1003: Happiness and Human Flourishing - What can scientific research tell us about practices and perspectives that lead to a happier life? What can psychology do to help ordinary people to thrive and flourish?  Which practices lead to greater fulfillment and life satisfaction?  Positive psychology engages such questions by utilizing scientific research methods to identify practices which lead to greater happiness and human flourishing -- a life rich in purpose, relationships, and enjoyment. Positive psychologists maintain that (1) flourishing requires more than curing pathology; (2) flourishing requires tapping human strengths and positive capacities; and (3) scientific research methods can help us to identify and refine strategies for flourishing.  This course will provide a theoretical and practical introduction to applied positive psychology.   Topics will include positive emotions, hedonic misprediction and adaptation, character strengths (and their application in academia), purpose, gratitude, kindness, meditation, nurturing social relationships, and more.  Students will learn about the foundational theories and research of positive psychology and will also engage in experiential homework in which they will apply strategies for enhancing their own health and happiness and for positively impacting their relationships and communities.  This course will also expose students to local wellness resources at Tulane and New Orleans and will offer opportunities to explore a variety of life enhancing practices through homework assignments and a few group activities such as attending a yoga class (exercise), a meditation class (mindfulness), and a field trip to the French Quarter exploring New Orleans architecture and history on a walking tour (engagement) and enjoying some local cuisine (savoring).
  • TIDE 1014: Cultivating Resiliency and Self-Care - Health in college is so much more than avoiding pizza every night and occasionally going to the gym. Health is multifaceted and is pivotal to your ability to thrive during the next four years. This course will examine the most relevant health topics for college students from a public health perspective, integrating theories and practices relevant to your life. In addition, this course seeks to cultivate leadership skills as an element of being healthy and successful in college.
  • TIDE 1113: Mindfulness: Understanding Self & Emotions - This class introduces different mindfulness techniques, application of mindfulness practices in understanding destructive emotions and cultivating positive emotions. Mindfulness techniques cover intentional cultivation of non-judgmental, non-reactive, present-moment awareness, bare attention and concentration. Concentration and mindfulness exercises will be practically studied and evaluated. Students will enhance their experience of awareness, clarity, and empathy. Students will also learn coping skills for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Students will be required to participate in daily mindfulness practices: self-awareness, identification of destructive emotions, logical and mindful responses, and compassionate living. The course will critically analyze mindfulness based research articles and introduce to how to integrate different mindfulness techniques in research applications. Information will be based on recent scientific research and ancient Tibetan contemplative practices.


Health Wave is based in Butler Hall.


You may apply for the Health Wave RLC through the student housing application process. Your answers to some supplemental, RLC-specific questions will be evaluated by a committee. If you are accepted, you will be notified and be sent more information on the room selection and roommate process.

If you have questions about the programming and initiatives that take place in this RLC, please contact David Roston at If you have questions about RLC housing logistics, please contact Housing and Residence Life at