Tufts University’s School of Medicine has a century-old focus on public health. For example, the Floating Hospital for Children, now part of Tufts Medical Center, was founded in 1894 to address the public health hazards of sweltering summers in Boston’s congested tenements. The world’s first food clinic, created in 1901, is also part of Tufts Medical Center. And in the 1960s, two Tufts’ physicians were among the first in the nation to establish community health centers based on the premise that the health of individuals is closely linked to the health of the community.
Tufts was also the first university in the United States to establish a four-year MD/MPH program, followed shortly by the DVM/MPH degree program. These two joint-degree programs continue to offer unique, carefully blended curricula that integrate public health with clinical or veterinary medicine, addressing some of the most thorny public health problems in the world.
Since 1986, Tufts’ programs have grown to include several public health programs, a Master of Public Health with various combined degree pathways and concentrations in health communication, nutrition, and law, among others. The other public health programs include a MS – Health Communication and a MS – Pain Research, Education and Policy that respectively provide skills and strategies to communicate effective health care information and address a range of pain management issues.
We also have several professional degree programs that include a MD/MBA in collaboration with Brandeis University’s Heller School that addresses social responsibilities systemic to health care management and a MS – Biomedical Sciences that helps prepare students for successful entry into medical and dental schools. Our newer programs include a Physician Assistant Program, which has received Provisional Accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), and a MS - Development and Regulation of Medicines and Devices.
The success of all of our programs reflects Tufts’ dedication to interdisciplinary education. Our experienced faculty, drawn from throughout the university and beyond, bring a depth of knowledge from fields as diverse as engineering, nutrition, medicine, veterinary medicine, and business, to name a few. With small classes and a strong sense of community, Tufts offers students individualized attention from professors who are accessible, responsive, and interested in students’ goals.
Tufts’ programs also emphasize global health and active citizenship. Our students have many opportunities to work in local communities and rural settings around the globe, experiencing firsthand the public health challenges many people live with every day. They also develop a deep sense of their roles as active citizens – as individuals who can help make the world a healthier and better place.
As one alumnus says, “These programs build bridges between disciplines and lead graduates to incredibly interesting and fulfilling lines of work. This is the ultimate calling: working towards the betterment of health.”