PA/MPH FAQ

How do I apply for the PA/MPH?

Within the Tufts Program Questions section of the CASPA Application, there will be a question asking which degree program you wish to apply to. If you intend on applying to the combined PA/MPH, you will select that option and proceed to answer additional questions specific to that degree.

What are the requirements of the Applied Learning Experience?

The ALE will start at the beginning of Year 3/PA Clinical Year with an evening seminar to engage in substantial planning for the ALE experience throughout their clinical year - ALE Planning (0.5 credits). ALE implementation (0.5 credits) will be completed during Year 3/Semester 2 or 3. Two clinical electives will be scheduled back to back to serve as the ALE field work. The first 4-week elective would be a clinical rotation pertaining to the ALE topic and the second would be used to conduct the ALE field work. Upon completion of the field work, students will be required to submit a final paper and give a poster presentation regarding their ALE topic.

What are the requirements of the Integrative Seminar?

The Integrative Seminar will be up to 5 sessions per year and will start during the MPH year and end in Year 3/Semester 2.

After being admitted to the PA/MPH Program, when can I begin to take program courses?

Students who apply and are accepted for entrance in the usual PA summer admission cycle will begin taking MPH courses during the following spring semester with a January start. Accepted students coming to Tufts should check with the Registrar's office for spring schedule information and course availability.

Can I transfer graduate course credits earned at another university to be used towards my Tufts PA/MPH degree?

Up to two credits (which might be the equivalent of up to eight credits at other universities, depending on their credit system) of relevant public health graduate work not applied to a previously earned degree may be transferred to Tufts for the MPH degree. Special rules apply for transfers of credits related to core MPH courses.

No advanced standing, transfer credit, or credit for experiential learning will be accepted for the PA Program.

Can you attend the program either full-time or part-time?

All students accepted into the PA/MPH combined degree program must be full-time.

Do students work while enrolled in the program?

Students often work while in the MPH Program, which is fairly flexible, but not while in the PA Program. The PA Program follows a standardized curriculum which is tightly organized.

How are advisors established for the PA/MPH students?

Students will be given an MPH advisor upon acceptance and then be given a PA advisor after completion of the first year in the MPH program.

Is there any scholarship money available and how do I apply for it?

Yes, there is a limited pool of need-based scholarships available to MPH full-time students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition, federal government and other student loan programs are available. For more information visit PHPD Financial Aid here.

What career assistance does the program offer?

The Office of Career Services provides one-on-one counseling, workshops, e-mail job alerts, and access to Career Connector, a comprehensive database and personal portfolio system. The PA faculty is also readily available to answer any questions students may have pertaining to jobs. Students are free to stop by to speak with faculty or make an appointment with the Office of Career Services.


What if I decide not to continue to the PA Program after the 1st year-MPH portion?

Once you accept the combined degree program, you are enrolled in that program and if you wish to drop one, you will need to request it.

What is the benefit of a Physician Assistant having an MPH?

Graduates of the PA/MPH degree 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 and other community-based disease prevention/health promotion programs, conduct quality improvement projects, participate in clinical or community-based research, or become faculty at health profession training programs.

What times of day are MPH classes offered?

Classes meet once per week and are generally offered during the afternoons and evenings Monday-Thursday, although there are some morning classes. Core and required public health courses are offered at least once each semester, including summers. Students should review course schedules in advance to ensure the best sequencing of courses to complete the degree in a timely fashion.

 

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