The Tufts School of Medicine Physician Assistant (TUSM PA) Program and the Public Health Program offers a combined PA/MPH degree track for interested students. The goal of this program is to blend the clinical skills learned in training to be a physician assistant (PA) with a thorough understanding of public health concepts such as global health, epidemiology, community health needs, and health education. Graduates of the PA/MPH degree track are equipped to become superb clinicians with the analytical skills and public health foundational knowledge required to assess the health needs of a community, develop health education programs, participate in clinical or community-based research, or become faculty at health profession training programs. Upon completion of the PA/MPH degree track, students will receive two master's degrees: a Master of Medical Science (MMS) from the PA Program and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Public Health Program.
The Benefit of a PA/MPH Degree
In addition to traditional clinical roles that PAs may fill, PAs may be called upon to serve as health care administrators, quality improvement leaders, researchers, community-based health promotion and disease/prevention managers, and public health practitioners. The additional MPH degree can offer graduates the academic credentials and professional leverage to participate in the planning and administration of health promotion and disease prevention programs at local, national, or international levels. The MPH can also offer graduates the skills to improve clinical practice through more sophisticated use of clinical epidemiology and building of community partnerships for patient care.
The Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), which accredits MPH programs as well as those programs like ours at TUSM.
The PA Program is also an accredited program through Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). For a full description of the PA accreditation process, please see our accreditation page.
For more information please visit our PA/MPH FAQs.