Concentrations

Students enrolled in the certificate program choose one of four specialty tracks, or concentrations:

Research

The research track is designed for students interested in developing their expertise in the clinical and epidemiologic investigation of pain and its management.

Core Courses

  • Neuroanatomy, Neurochemistry, and Pharmacology of Pain
  • Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems
  • Survey, Research and Data Management (prerequisite: statistics course)

Elective Courses

  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Professional Communication
  • Ethical and Sociocultural Aspects of Pain
  • Palliative Care and End-of-Life Issues
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Pain: Psychological Approaches
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Advanced Pain Management in Special Populations
Education

The education track is for those students interested in becoming skillful educators and effective communicators with patients, families, health professionals and the general public on a wide variety of pain topics.

Core Courses

  • Neuroanatomy, Neurochemistry, and Pharmacology of Pain
  • Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems
  • Principles of Change and Education Applied to Pain Management

Elective Courses

  • Professional Communication
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Patient Provider Interactions
  • Ethical and Sociocultural Aspects of Pain
  • Palliative Care and End-of-Life Issues
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Pain: Psychological Approaches
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Advanced Pain Management in Special Populations
Policy

The policy track is for those students interested in becoming skilled in advocacy and change at the policy and organizational levels.

Core Courses

  • Neuroanatomy, Neurochemistry, and Pharmacology of Pain
  • Public Policy, Legislative and Forensic Issues
  • Health Behavior and Health Communication: Theory to Practice

Elective Courses

  • Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems
  • Professional Communication
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Ethical and Sociocultural Aspects of Pain
  • Palliative Care and End-of-Life Issues
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Advanced Pain Management in Special Populations
  • Principles of Change and Education Applied to Pain Management
  • Patient-Provider Interactions

Occupational Therapy

In collaboration with colleagues from the Tufts University Department of Occupational Therapy in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Occupational Therapy (OT) track is designed for OT health care professionals and/or Tufts OT graduate students looking to expand their knowledge and fill gaps in pain management.

Interested in enrolling? Contact Dr. Sharan Schwartzberg for best approach for taking this OT certificate program. 

Core Courses from PREP/TUSM

  • Neuroanatomy, Neurochemistry and Pharmacology of Pain
  • Ethical and Sociocultural Aspects of Pain OR one of PREP Recommended Elective/s with OT Advisor consent
  • Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems
Core Courses from OT/GSAS
  • Special Topics
  • Practicum Course

PREP Recommended Elective Courses

  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Professional Communication
  • Ethical and Sociocultural Aspects of Pain
  • Palliative Care and End-of-Life Issues
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Pain: Psychological Approaches
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Advanced Pain Management in Special Populations