WORKING ACROSS DISCIPLINES AND GLOBAL BOUNDARIES
The mission of the Tufts Public Health Degree Programs is to promote public health through education, research, effective communication, patient-centered advocacy and shaping of health policy, and community service. Program faculty prepare students to identify and solve problems and work as change agents for advancing social justice, collaborating with an interprofessional and multicultural array of practitioners, public health agency personnel, policy makers, academic professionals, and community members.
In order to achieve public health goals such as eliminating health disparities across class and ethnicity, reducing the burden of chronic disease and injury, and preventing global threats to the environment, public health professionals need to be educated on how to assess contexts and systems of care, develop effective plans to optimize the health of the public, and effect change at many levels of our society including within and across professions and institutions as well as in our politics and public policies. Through active learning, discussion and debate, as well as through our public health research and practice, the program seeks to foster in our students and faculty the will, creativity and courage to achieve public health goals.
The Tufts Public Health degree programs comprise a variety of educational and programmatic tracks with the common aim to create cadres of critical thinkers and leaders who can conduct public health practice, shape and communicate policies, and advance scholarship in a variety of settings and across professional lines. The programs support the active engagement of students and faculty to develop and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent disease, promote health, and protect populations from harm in communities throughout Massachusetts, our nation, and the world.