Certificates of Advanced Study in Pain Topics

To meet health care professionals’ increasing demand for high-quality pain education, Tufts University School of Medicine introduced this certificate program to provide a more targeted, postgraduate focused area of study in pain research, education or pain policy.

Students in the certificate program join master’s program students to learn from nationally and internationally recognized experts in the dynamic, growing field of pain management. All credits earned in a certificate may be applied to the full master's in Pain Research, Education & Policy program. 

MS in Pain Research, Education and Policy  

  1. Classes held late afternoons / early evenings for working professionals
  2. Program offers guest student status, allowing qualified individuals to enroll in classes and earn up to 2 credits prior to matriculation
  3. Rolling admission policy
  4. All certificates are 5 academic credits

Admissions information for the Certificates of Advanced Study in Pain Topics

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

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

View the Certificate Program brochure [pdf]