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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. In 2017, the affiliated courses for Health Wave are:

  • “Mindfulness: Understanding Self and Emotions” (TIDE 1113-01). Wednesdays 5:00-6:15pm. Students will learn different traditional Tibetan mindfulness techniques, application of mindfulness practices in understanding destructive emotions and cultivating positive emotions. Coping skills for depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia will be described and practiced. Recent research on mindfulness practices in therapy, mental/physical health and spirituality will be studied. Students will be required to participate in mindfulness practices: self-awareness, identification of destructive emotions, logical and mindful responses and compassionate living. Information will be based on recent scientific research and ancient Tibetan practices.
  • "Happiness & Human Flourishing" (TIDE 1003-01). Wednesdays 2:00-3:15pm. Would you like to learn ways to increase enjoyment, engagement, and meaning during your college years and beyond? Would you like to learn how you can use personal character strengths to achieve academic success? In this course students will have the opportunity to learn about and experientially explore life-enhancing practices and perspectives developed over millennia of human inquiry and validated within the exciting new field of positive psychology.
  • "Cultivating Resiliency and Self-Care" (TIDE 1014-01). Tuesdays 5:00-6:15pm. 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, with a focus on self-care. In addition, this course seeks to cultivate leadership skills as an element of being healthy and successful in college.


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.