Student Resources

This section contains both on and off-campus resources for students to help answer any questions they might have going through our program. This includes information on parking, service opportunities, student groups, housing, libraries, etc.

Tufts University Hirsch Health Sciences Library

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library (HHSL) spans the fourth through the seventh floor of the Sackler Center. The library may be entered via any of these floors from the elevators or stairs.  A bridge connects the fourth floor of Sackler to the third floor of the Dental Building.  The fourth floor houses the Library Service Desk, Reference and Reserve collections, current journals, leisure reading collection, public computers with Internet access, study areas and the Food 4 Thought Café. A house phone is located on the east end of the building, near the main elevators, and a bulletin board is located across from Security at the bridge to the Dental Building.

The fifth floor houses the Learning Resource Center (LRC), circulating book collection, study carrels and the LRC IT Service Desk.  The LRC’s two microcomputer labs and multimedia classrooms are available for teaching and individual or group study.  The lab facilities provide access to Internet applications, a variety of standard word-processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation-graphics programs and other software that support the curricula of the health sciences schools.  The LRC IT Service Desk, staffed by Library Systems Office employees and student workers, provides support for students’ personal computers.  To reserve a room, please contact the LRC IT Service Desk at or call 617-636-2947.  For more information, see

Additional information regarding library facilities can be found at

Career Services

PHPD Career Services partners with students by:

  • Providing resources, events, presentations, briefings, technology, and contacts to help you explore your career options;
  • Offering career programs and coaching to help you develop the professional skills necessary for creating the types of opportunities you seek in your targeted field; and
  • Maximizing employment opportunities by targeted, pro-active outreach, marketing, and on-going relationship management with employers.
  • As a general rule, Career Services does not add positions which come from third party recruiters (e.g. executive search firms) into Career Connector. There may be case by case exceptions if the firm is a retained search firm and has been vetted by the Director of Career Services.                           

In addition, the Career Services office hosts employer information sessions, as well as alumni career panels that provide students with additional opportunities to learn how they can apply their degrees in the real world. Career Counseling and resume critiques are available by appointment.


Athletic Facilities

The Tauber Fitness Center is located in the lower level of the Sackler Building.  It is equipped with cardio, total body workout machines, free weights, miscellaneous equipment, locker rooms, and showers.  No fee is required to use the Center.  Fitness classes are offered for a small fee.  The Center is staffed and the hours of operation are as follow:

Monday – Friday:      6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Saturday – Sunday:   12:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Tufts University Health Sciences Bookstore stocks required textbooks, medical reference and review books, lab supplies, school supplies, and snacks.  Special items can sometimes be ordered.

The bookstore will have all textbooks ready for purchase prior to the start of classes once the textbook list has been distributed by the program.   You can stop by the bookstore to purchase your books or you can log onto All students purchasing the books on line will have the option to pick up the books in store or have them shipped to their home.  If your textbook is out of stock at the bookstore, at any time see a member of the management team and they will special order the book for you.  The bookstore allows students to return or exchange textbooks the first week of class.


The Health Sciences Campus provides many opportunities to have a healthy meal or snack. See below for a list of the three food vendors on campus:

Food 4 Thought, Sackler Building 4th Floor

The Food 4 Thought Cafe is located on the fourth floor of the Sackler Building in the Hirsh Health Science Library. The cafe offers a diverse, healthy menu, including smoothies, breakfast quesadillas, grilled paninis, soups, a sushi station and entree salads tossed to order. Dinner features a special entree of the day. Entrees are low in fat, high in fiber and contain complex carbohydrates. Whole-grain breads, wraps, vegetables and fruits are also featured. Food can also be purchased for take-out; delivery service is not provided.

During the academic year, the cafe is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

In the summer months, the cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on the weekend. Cash, Master-Card and Visa are accepted.

Avanti Markets, Jaharis Cafe

At Avanti Markets, a self-checkout mini convenience store, you can purchase a broad selection of items including fresh sandwiches and salads prepared on campus by Corporate Chefs, packaged meals, freshly brewed coffee and tea, snacks, and assorted beverages. Avanti Markets is available 24/7 to members of the community who have access to the Jaharis Café.

Soup's On, Tufts Dental School, 7th Floor

Soup's On, located on the seventh floor of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine offers a hot special of the day, two freshly prepared soups, and sandwiches made to order. Also offers grab-and-go sandwiches, packaged salads, yogurt, snack foods, cookies, brownies and an assortment of beverages. Food can also be purchased for take-out; delivery service is not provided.

The cafe is open from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm and accepts cash payment only.

Mail Service

Campus and hospital mail can be dropped off in the Stearns Wing basement mailroom.  There are public mail boxes located at the corner of Harvard St and Harrison Ave (roughly across from the entrance of the Sackler Building). and also at the corner of Kneeland St.  The closest Post Office is located about three blocks from the school at 7 Avenue de Lafayette, across the street from the Hyatt.  It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays.  You can also buy stamps and other postal services and supplies at the Mail Boxes, Etc. store located on Stuart St.  Stores such as Mail Boxes, Etc., however, charge more than a post office for stamps and other mailing services.


Lockers are available for PA Students on the second floor of the M&V Building across from the PA Office.  The lockers will be assigned by the PA Program Manager.

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