MA in Urban & Environmental Planning/MPH

"Increasingly urban planning and design are seen as intimately connected to public health. Transportation planning, building design and placement and open space and walkability all affect people's health.  As such, there is an urgent need to combine policy and planning elements with public health concepts for those students looking to make healthier communities."  Doug Brugge, PhD, MS

What would my course of study look like if I pursue an MA-UEP/MPH degree?
Students may complete both the MA and MPH degrees in six semesters of intensive full-time study, including summers. The preferred sequence is for students to enroll in UEP for their first and second semesters followed by enrollment in the MPH program in their third and fourth semesters. The final year is split between UEP and MPH enrollment. Students are encouraged to integrate their knowledge in both programs from the start, as those enrolled in either program may take courses to fulfill degree requirements via cross registration. When registered at the School of Arts and Sciences, students cross-register for MPH classes; when registered at the Medical School, they cross-register for Arts and Sciences classes. 

What career opportunities are available with an MA-UEP/MPH?
Graduates find that their understanding of the built environment along with a foundational understanding of population health issues gives a significant advantage in job seeking. Students will be prepared for positions that involve sustainability planning, policy development, health impact assessments and environmental justice issues.

What courses will I need to take?
Working closely with an advisor from the start, students create a fully integrated course plan that allows them to complete core requirements for both programs. MPH requirements include courses in each of the five core knowledge areas as well as one research methods course, one course on health care budgeting and management and the Applied Learning Experience (ALE). The ALE is a 160 hour practicum in which students synthesize and apply knowledge acquired in coursework to a public health project of their own design. In most cases the Applied Learning Experience will meet the UEP internship requirement. Two jointly sponsored courses, and two elective credits chosen from an approved list, will be counted towards both degree. See the full curriculum.

What are the MPH tuition costs for the MA-UEP/MPH degree?
Students are charged a flat rate each semester as a full- or part-time student during their MPH matriculation. See the tuition table for current rates. 

How do I apply?
Students must apply to each school separately and be admitted to each program separately. For the MPH program visit: MA-MPH Admissions; for the MA program visit UEP Admissions.

How can I get more information?
For program information contact Doug Brugge. For admissions questions contact Admissions.  

For More Info:

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Aviva Must, Chair of Public Health and Family Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

"New technologies and biomedical research have revealed the inextricable links between the health of individuals and that of our society, our animal populations, our food supply, and our environment.  Tufts brings all of these insights together in our MPH program."  Aviva Must, Dean, PHPD