Generalist Track

A Generalist Track in the MPH is a course of study that focuses on the core disciplines of public health, and that prepares a student for a leadership role in public health practice and/or for a career in which they integrate public health with another academic discipline or career path.

Who takes or may take the Generalist Track?

Students in the MA-UEP, PA, JD, MD, DMD and DVM combined degree programs take a generalist MPH degree program oriented to integration of public health with law, medicine, or veterinary medicine respectively.

Students in the MS-Nutrition MPH may elect a generalist program or may take one of the five offered concentrations:

  • Epidemiology/Biostatistics
  • Health Services Management and Policy
  • Nutrition
  • Health Communication
  • Global Health

Students in the MBS-MPH or in the MPH-only pathway are expected to take one of the five concentrations, but may petition to take a Generalist Track if:

  • They have 5 years of professional health or human service experience, or
  • They have an existing graduate degree complementary to public health.

Forms to submit such a petition are available from the Tufts PHPD Registrar’s Office.

What are the requirements of the Generalist Track?

Students in the MA-UEP/MPH, JD/MPH, MD/MPH, DVM/MPH, PA/MPH and MS-Nutrition/MPH have suggested competencies and course requirements. Other students taking a Generalist Track have no specified course requirements beyond the core courses and program requirements described above.  Rather, they are expected to work with their faculty advisor to develop an individualized curriculum and to pick elective courses accordingly. These students must work with their faculty advisor to identify three or more specific competencies beyond the core competencies and must document through the elective course work taken how these competencies are met. These individual competencies and set of electives must be formally approved by the program faculty.