FAQs

Must I select a concentration within the MPH Program?
Students in the MS-Nutrition/MPH program are not required to select a concentration- they have the option of doing a “generalist” MPH.

What does it mean to be registered in one school or the other

If you are a MS/MPH student where you are registered is an administrative “condition.”  This condition is sometimes referred to as your “primary program/college of registration” – differentiating it from the secondary program.  Students in the MS/MPH often spend three semesters with FSNSP as their “primary” program, and then PHPD for two semesters as their “primary program of registration.”  If you are registered in FSNSP as your “primary program/college of registration” it means that you will register for your courses through the Friedman School, pay your tuition to Friedman, and it will be your “home” for the purpose of setting up your email account, parking, health services (proof of immunization), etc.

You should, with advisor help, put together a fully integrated course plan, taking courses in both programs every semester.  When you are registered at Friedman, you will cross-register for MPH classes, and when you are registered at the Medical School, you will cross-register for Friedman classes.

You will be invited to all activities, seminars, get-togethers hosted by either school for all of the semesters you are a student in the MS/MPH program.

How does advising work?
At the time of acceptance (regardless of where you will be registered to start) you should have been assigned a FSNSP advisor, and an MPH advisor.  In addition, Aviva Must (aviva.must@tufts.edu), serves as a coordinator/advisor for any questions related to the dual aspect of the program.

Do I select a program and a concentration

Yes, you will be admitted into a specific Program at Nutrition and may select a concentration within the MPH program. Changing programs at Nutrition may or may not be possible; changing concentrations in the MPH is always possible. Once you have a Program in Nutrition and MPH Concentration selected, the student completes the course requirements for each, as specified by each school.  The most up-to-date information regarding requirements can be found on the schools’ websites.

The URLs are:

Nutrition:  http://nutrition.tufts.edu/school/admissions/programs/

Medicine (MPH):  http://publichealth.tufts.edu/Academics/MPH-Program-and-Combined-Degrees

What are the efficiencies of doing the two degrees as a dual program?

You are permitted to “do

double-count” (that is, count in each program for academic credit) up to 8 full courses. You will need a minimum of 21 unique courses (or more if half-courses are taken) to graduate from the dual degree program.  This means 21 individual full courses taken over the 2 programs, some of which are counted towards both degrees.

M=5    M+N=8     N=8

What about internship or employment opportunities that a school may provide?
Depending on the course loads you carry and on the program (FSNSP) or concentration (MPH) you select, it may be difficult to complete the program in 5 semesters. If you require a 6th or 7th semester, you will not be charged beyond the fees associated with 5 full-time (4 full courses each semester) of study.

What if I cannot or choose not to complete the MSMPH program in 5 semesters of study?
Depending on the course loads you carry and on the program (FSNSP) or concentration (MPH) you select, it may be difficult to complete the program in 5 semesters. If you require a 6th or 7th semester, you will not be charged beyond the fees associated with 5 full-time (4 full courses each semester) of study.

Can I have access to TUSK, the Health Sciences Database, during all of my semesters at Tufts?
Yes, of course. However, if you start at Nutrition, you will need to request access.  You can do so at the Office of Student Services (136 Harrison, Suite 142)

What about tuition charges when I matriculate for the MPH portion?
MS-Nutrition/MPH students are charged a total of 8 credits during their semesters of matriculation within the MPH portion of the degree.  [This often translates into two full-time semesters, where 4 credits are charged for each semester or four part-time semesters, where 2 credits are charged for each semester. Students will be charged each semester as a full or half time student (as in the Friedman school). In the final semester, adjustments (e.g. for any summer courses paid for prior to matriculating in the Medical School) will be made so that the charges equal 8 credits.

What about summer school?
Summer courses may be taken for credit during your time in either program without additional tuition charges. If you are using financial aid, however, you may want to pay for courses taken over the summer (by transferring to the Medical School). This will ensure that you can cover the cost of the MPH with federal loans.

What about administrative support for the MPH portion of the degree?
Administrative support services for the MPH program, such as recruitment/admissions, registration, transcripts, and bursar/financial aid, are handled by the Office of Student Services for the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs: 136 Harrison Ave, 1th floor, Suite 142 (617) 636-6538