MS in Biomedical Sciences/MPH

This dual degree program allows students to gain expertise in the fields of biomedical science and public health, enabling them to solve problems common to both fields and effectively communicate with professionals in both.  The combination of basic science with population health principles puts graduates in a unique position in the clinical and  public health work forces.”  Paul Hattis, MD, JD, MPH

What would my course of study look like if I pursue a combined MBS/MPH degree?
Students interested in this option enroll in the MPH Principles of Epidemiology or Principles of Biostatistics course during the spring semester of their first year in the MBS program.  They continue with MPH courses during the summer and complete their MPH requirements during their second year of MBS studies, choosing a concentration in Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Health Communication, Health Services Management and Policy or Nutrition.  (With special permission students may pursue the Global Heath concentration, although this option comes with scheduling challenges.)  To complete the dual degree, there are 13 credits required for the MPH program.  Students accepted into the MBS-MPH program need only complete 11 additional credits beyond their MBS coursework--counting both the one credit Epidemiology or Statistics course they took as an MBS elective, plus the MBS Nutrition and Intro to Clinical Medicine courses which together count for a single elective credit.

What are the career opportunities available with a MBS/MPH?
Some students may use the program as a terminal degree while others may pursue MD, DMD, PhD, or DrPH degrees in the future.  Students with an MBS/MPH are likely to seek positions in government, pharmaceutical or biotechnical companies, research facilities or research centers in health care organizations.

What courses will I need to take?
Students must complete all MPH core course requirements:  one course each in 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 requires students to synthesize knowledge acquired in coursework and apply it to a public health project of their own design involving at least 160 hours of practicum work.   Remaining course credits are earned through completion of concentration specific requirements and additional electives. 

What are the tuition costs for the MBS/MPH degree?
Students in the dual MBS-MPH program are only expected to pay for 11 credits of MPH coursework as they have already earned two credits from their MBS coursework which were paid for from their assessed MBS tuition. See the tuition table for the current tuition and fee rates.

How do I apply?
The application for the MS in Biomedical Sciences/MPH is emailed to all MS Biomedical Sciences students in their fall semester by the PHPD Admissions Office.

How can I get more information?
For information about the program contact paul.hattis@tufts.edu.  For admissions information visit:  MS-Biomedical Sciences/MPH Admissions.

Public health opens a wide variety of career options, including clinical work, policy development, evaluation, data analysis, marketing and administration. Career Services works with students throughout their time in the program to help them identify the right pathway for their skills and interests.

Graduates at Work

An alumnus of the public health program talks to a colleague at Children's Hospital.

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