Generalist Track Competencies

The generalist track is available for students earning another degree (MD, JD, DMD, DVM, MA-Urban & Environmental Policy, MS-Nutrition, or PA) and/or students who already have significant practice experience in health and human services. For such students, specialization in a particular branch of public health is less important than choosing course work that is complimentary to and allows integration of public health with other disciplines and career goals, and that provides a broad overview of public health that prepares such students for leadership roles. For these reasons the core competencies are the primary foci of the Generalist Track, and the small number of additional competencies are designed to meet the goals of integration and leadership preparation referred to above.

Because students in the Generalist Track have a variety of second disciplines, career experiences, and career goals, the competencies for different students vary. Consequently, the additional course work they take beyond the core and program requirements varies as well. Students in the Generalist Track who are in a specific combined degree program at Tufts have competencies that are specific to the integration of public health with that other degree. Students with who are in the Generalist Track by virtue of career experience design individualized competencies and programs of instruction that are appropriate to their backgrounds and career plans in public health.

MPH as a sole degree

Students graduating the Generalist Track MPH are able to:

  • Articulate a rationale for a generalist orientation to public health education in the context of their prior experience and training, and their future career plans.
  • Attain 2 – 5 additional competencies in public health practice that are suitable in the context of their career goals in public health.
  • Undertake a curricular plan of 3 – 4 courses beyond the core and required courses, and a culminating experience that results in attainment of the additional competencies.
MPH-Combined Degree

Students graduating from a MPH-combined degree program are able to:

  • Articulate a rationale for bringing public health perspectives and methods to the practice of another profession/discipline
  • Identify and utilize applications of public health methods to improve the practice of another profession/discipline
  • Apply the expertise of another profession/discipline to solving public health problems