PA/MPH Program


Year 1: Master of Public Health (MPH) program (January start)

Year 2: Physician Assistant (PA) Program-Didactic Year

Year 3: PA Program-Clinical Year + ALE

First Year

During this first year, 11.5 credits will be completed for the MPH (before officially entering the PA program the following January) and the remaining 1.5 credits will be completed during Year 3, the PA Clinical Year. MPH courses are 1.0 or 0.5 credits. Required courses (for all MPH students) include Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Behavior and Communication, Health Services, Health Care Organization, and Methods of Inquiry.  In addition, students must complete an Integrative Seminar (0.5 credits) and an Applied Learning Experience (1.0 credits). The remaining three credits are used for PA/MPH specific courses and for electives. Courses specific to the PA/MPH include courses in quality improvement; race, culture and ethnicity; and a seminar designed to help integrate the population-based and clinical training. 

Second Year

The 77 credits for the PA Program will be completed over the course of 25 months after the completion of the initial MPH portion of the combined degree program. During Year 2, students will be in the Didactic Year taking courses on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus in Boston.

Third Year

In the Clinical Year, students do clinical rotations at sites across Massachusetts and the greater New England area. Although the MPH program does not require a thesis, the capstone project for the PA program during this final year should reflect a public health focus. 

Required Courses

PA = 77 credits, MPH = 13 credits

It takes a total of 90 credits to graduate with a PA/MPH degree: 13 credits for MPH and 77 credits for PA.

 Year                    Course

Year 1

(11.5 MPH Credits)     


(1.0) PH 201: Epidemiology

(1.0) PH 204: Occupational and Environmental Health

(1.0) PH 205: Biostatistics

(1.0) PH 215: Heath Care: Politics, Policies and Programs

(1.0) HCOM 522: Changing Health Behaviors: Healthy People and Communities

(1.0) PH 216: Health Care Organization: Budgeting and Management

(1.0) PH 231: Health Services QI Methods

(1.0) PH 542: Race, Culture, and Ethnicity

(0.5) PH 221: Methods of Public Health Inquiry

(3.0) Free Electives from the following areas: Health Services, Management & Policy, Health Communication, Global Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Nutrition.   

*Integration of Public Health starts in May

 *Most MPH courses are provided in the late afternoon and evening, so students may have the option to work part-time during Year 1

Year 2

(26.5 PA Credits)

(26.5) PA courses

*Integration of Public Health continues throughout the year

Year 3

(1.5 MPH Credits and 50.5 PA Credits)          

(0.5) PH 229: Integration of Public Health

Integration of Public Health, which averages 5 sessions per year (total of 15 sessions), will start during Year 1 and end in Year 3.

(0.5) PH 307: Applied Learning Experience Planning Seminar

The Planning Seminar, an evening seminar, will start at the beginning of Year 3/Semester 1

(0.5) PH 308: Applied Learning Experience Implementation Seminar

The Implementation Seminar will be completed during Year 3/Semester 2 or 3. Two PA clinical electives will be scheduled back to back. The first 4-weel elective would be a clinical rotation pertaining to the ALE topic and the second would be used to conduct the ALE field work and complete an ALE paper and oral presentation.

(48.0) PA Clinical Rotations

(1.5) PA Senior Seminar

(1.0 PA Capstone

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Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Thursday, October 5 (4pm-6pm)

Upcoming sessions: look for information in January 2018.

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