Certificate in Digital Health Communication

2016-2017 Tuition: $11,140*
$200 (if admitted)
*financial aid is not available for certificate programs

Application Deadlines:  

  • Spring: October 25th - priority deadline
  • Spring: October 26th- December 15th - rolling admissions
  • Summer/Fall: May 20th - rolling admissions

If you intend to start this program during the summer, please select "Fall" as the start term/year in the application.

Application Requirements:

  • Slate Application
  • Application fee ($70)
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts

Expand categories below for detailed instructions.

Slate Application and Fee
Personal Statement

In two or three typed pages, the personal statement should explain how obtaining a graduate certificate in digital health communication at Tufts will further the applicant’s career goals.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required.

  • Recommendation letters may be submitted online (within the application) or by mail.
  • Letters should mention the relationship of the applicant to the recommender so that their observations can be put into the proper context.
  • Electronically submitted recommendations do not need to be followed up with paper recommendations.
  • If mailed, letters of recommendation should be in a sealed envelope with the author’s signature across the seal and forwarded by you or the recommender to our address below.
Official Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for the Certificate in Digital Health Communication.

  • Copies of ALL undergraduate and graduate transcripts (e.g., EMT courses, study abroad, summer courses, post-bacc) are required for review. 
  • We accept both unofficial and official transcripts.
    • Generally, your application will be processed sooner if you upload unofficial transcripts; this is also our preference.
    • Transcripts are only considered official if they are sent directly from the registrar’s office of your institution to our office in a sealed envelope.  If you scan your official transcript to your application it becomes unofficial.
  • If you’re uploading a transcript to your application:
    • Copy/scan/screenshot your transcripts for each college/university attended.
    • Upload all pages of your transcript(s) and one example of the back page to provide us with your university’s transcript key. This can be found on the back of your official transcript or on your registrar’s website.
    • PDF files are preferred but additional formats are accepted (e.g., .doc, .jpg,.tiff).
    • Scanned documents must be clearly legible and on standard US 8.5” x 11” paper. Be sure no text is cut off when scanned.
  • If you’re sending an official transcript to us:
    • Don’t upload anything in the transcripts section if you’re sending an official transcript. The system will inaccurately count this as your transcript, and review of your application will be delayed.
    • Official transcripts may be mailed via the US Mail to our address at the bottom of this page, or electronically to med-phpd@tufts.edu.
  • If you received two degrees from the same institution that are on the same transcript, you will need to add the institution twice, one for each degree.  Upload the transcript with one degree and for the other, upload a blank document. If you leave either transcript section empty, your application will be left as incomplete.
  • If you have any courses that are in progress or being completed in a future term, please provide documentation of this (e.g., a transcript that shows courses in progress).
  • International students must also submit an OFFICIAL (not unofficial) evaluation of coursework done by an organization (e.g., WES or CED).  It must be sent directly from the evaluation agency. 
  • If you enroll, you must then provide your final official transcript with date of degree conferral from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree.  This applies to all international students as well.

All supporting application credentials noted above should be sent to:

Tufts University School of Medicine
Public Health & Professional Degree Programs
Attn: Director of Admissions, Emily C. Keily
136 Harrison Avenue Suite 142
Boston, MA 02111

or emailed to med-phpd@tufts.edu.

Certificate in Digital Health Communication Program information page