Dean's Message

Dean of PHPD at Tufts School of Medicine Aviva Must

Aviva Must, Dean of Public Health Programs at TUSM

The world has changed dramatically since Tufts University School of Medicine launched its first public health program more than 20 years ago. New technologies and biomedical research have given us insights into the nature of disease and revealed the inextricable links between the health of individuals and that of our society, our animal populations, our food supply, and our environment.

Diseases once confined to remote parts of the globe now move about freely via airplanes and through bird migration; conversely, health problems of developed nations, such as diabetes and obesity, are emerging as major concerns in developing countries as well. Other challenges in recent years, such as the health care system crisis, increasing health care policy and regulation, rapidly changing communication technologies, and a widening shortage of primary care physicians all underscore the need for highly and diversely trained health care professionals.

To address these changes to the health care landscape, we have grown from our founding public health program into a robust Department of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs. Today, we enroll over 500 students and offer academic opportunities ranging from professional development courses through an advanced doctoral program.

We prepare our graduates to solve health problems here in the US and throughout the world. Regardless of their chosen professions, all of our students graduate with the breadth and depth of knowledge that are the hallmarks of a Tufts education.

I invite you to learn more about our Public Health & Professional Degree Programs. At Tufts, you will receive a challenging and rewarding education and embark on a career that will make a difference in the world.

Aviva Must, Ph.D.
Dean, Public Health & Professional Degree Programs
Tufts University School of Medicine