Students who come to the Tufts MPH program have a vision: they want to make the world a better place. Recent graduates who have decided to pursue a public health career. Health professionals wanting to become experts in their field. Clinicians looking for a population based approach to health care problems. Individuals whose interests cross disciplines seeking a way to combine educational experiences. All come to Tufts because we, administrators and faculty alike, are committed to making these goals a reality.
Tufts gives students a great learning experience: small classes that encourage active discussion; easy access to faculty; a community where students from other graduate programs regularly interact and a curriculum that teaches students how to analyze public health problems and then choose the tools to address them.
We take pride in ensuring that our philosophy that public health is critical to an equitable society is infused in our teaching. We also take pride in ensuring that our graduates leave the program with skills they can use to start or advance a public health career.
Opportunities abound for learning about and researching current public health issues. Faculty and fellow students are likely to be significantly connected to ongoing projects all along the spectrum of public health. Our Applied Learning Experience requirement demands a significant field experience in which students carry out a population based project of their own making, which is evaluated by both faculty and field preceptor.
Tufts is known for recognizing complementary areas of study and developing degree programs around them. The combined MD/MPH was the first program in the United States to permit both degrees to be earned in four years. Tufts now has several dual degree options, which allow for maximum synergy between disciplines. And, because the educational experience in such programs comprises more than just the sum of its parts, students graduate with knowledge above and beyond that of two single degrees.
So, whether you are new to public health, have been "in the trenches", are seeking the MPH as a sole degree or are interested in combined degrees, we invite you to explore the Tufts public health universe. We know that we have a program you want.
Anthony L. Schlaff, MD, MPH
Director, Public Health Program