Incoming Students

Welcome! Thank you for choosing Tufts University School of Medicine’s Public Health and Professional Degree (PHPD) Programs to pursue your graduate education.

The information on this page should help you to complete your enrollment as a new student.

Matriculating as a New Student

 

Register for Orientation

Every incoming student will have an Orientation designed specifically to help them become familiar with their new program, the Boston Health Sciences Campus, and our facilities. Orientation is also the first opportunity you will have to meet your new classmates and the rest of the PHPD community. Note that Orientation is mandatory for new students. View the schedule and register here.

Obtaining your Tufts Credentials

After you have replied to our offer of admission and your record is updated, we will email you with instructions for activating your Tufts credentials, including your new email address and your Universal Tufts Login Name (UTLN): Log-in to your online application portal and follow the instructions to “Get Your Tufts Email Address,” once your information has been processed and posted to your account.

Course Registration

The Registrar’s Office will contact you with information about when and how course registration will take place for your program. View the academic calendar and upcoming course schedules.

Final Official Transcripts

All matriculating students are required to provide a final official transcript to the Admissions Office.

A final official transcript indicates that you have earned your undergraduate degree and includes a date of degree conferral. In order to be official, we must receive this transcript from the issuing institution directly, either by physical mail or sent electronically.

If the transcript you provided when you applied was official, and did include the date your degree was conferred, you do not have to send another copy. International applicants who submitted a foreign transcript evaluation (e.g. WES) indicating that they have earned the equivalent of an undergraduate degree also do not have to supply another final official transcript.

If you were actively enrolled in your undergraduate program when you applied, or if you only provided our office with unofficial transcripts, you will need to request your final official transcript be sent to our office as soon as possible. If you are an international student who submitted a foreign transcript evaluation (e.g. WES) that did not reflect a date your degree was conferred, you will have to have the institution from which you graduated send us a final official transcript; you do not need to have another foreign transcript evaluation done.

Final official transcripts should be sent to the following mailing address:

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

Alternately, official final transcripts may be sent electronically to med-phpd@tufts.edu.

Obtaining your Tufts ID Card

All of the Health Sciences buildings require that you present a Tufts University or Tufts Medical Center identification card upon entry and have it available upon request while you are in the building.

We strongly encourage all new students to use the Public Safety Picasso website to upload an ID photo prior to their arrival on campus. If you submit your photo this way at least one week before your Orientation date, we will have your ID ready and available for you when you check in. Students not present during orientation should go to the University Police station to be issued an ID.

If you suspect your ID has been lost or stolen, please contact the University Police as soon as possible to deactivate your card. Alternatively you can deactivate a lost or stolen ID through Jumbo Cash. Once deactivated, your ID card can no longer be used to purchase items with JumboCash or to gain access to buildings.

To replace a missing or stolen ID, go to the University Police station during regular business hours to have a new photo ID card printed and activated. Please note that there is a $20 fee for replacement ID cards, which can be paid at the Bursar’s Office (200 Harrison Ave.). Your replacement ID will operate normally, with JumboCash and card access intact.

Disability Support Services

If you have documented learning or physical disabilities and will need accommodations for your classes, you will need to submit the Request for Disability Support Services to the Associate Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs.

Submit Your Immunization Forms

All students are required by Tufts University and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to supply immunization and testing documentation prior to matriculation. Once students are admitted, the Student Advisory and Health Administration (SAHA) office will send an email with information regarding the requirements and the immunization deadline.

Student Health Insurance

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all matriculated students of higher education to participate in a health insurance plan. Students may enroll in the student insurance plan offered by Tufts University, or maintain private coverage as long as it meets or exceeds the minimum state requirements set forth by the Commonwealth.

More information about enrolling in the University health insurance plan, or waiving this coverage, is available on the Student Advisory and Health Administration (SAHA) website. All students are charged for the University’s health insurance plan. Once a waiver is submitted and approved the charge will be credited on their account.

Paying Your Bill

Tufts University issues all bills through our online system, eBill. You will be contacted via email by the Health Sciences Bursar’s Office once your eBill account has been activated and your bill has been posted.

In order to access and reconcile your bill, you will need to have activated your Tufts credentials and have access to your Tufts email and UTLN. If you have not already activated your account, you can do so by signing in to your application portal and following the instructions to “Get Your Tufts Email Address.”

I-20 and Student Visas

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will contact new international students directly, shortly after they have indicated that they intend to enroll. OIA will assist in the process of obtaining the correct documentation you will need to obtain your authorization to study in a US university, and is available to answer questions about the process.

Campus Life & Student Services

 

Graduate Housing

If you need assistance finding housing as a new student to PHPD, we encourage you to review the Housing Resources information posted on our website.

Campus Police & Public Safety

The Tufts Department of Public and Environmental Safety comprises several organizations responsible for safety, security, and loss prevention on the Medford, Boston, and Grafton campuses. These organizations include the Tufts University Police Department, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, and Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS). The Department is also responsible for several administrative services including the scheduling of police details and building security officers.

Safety Escort Service

For your personal safety, the Tufts University Police Department provides vehicle and walking escorts twenty- four hours a day, seven days a week, between campus locations, to the nearby Washington Street Medical Center T stop, the parking garage shuttle that leaves from the corner of Nassau Street and Washington Street, the Travelers Lot, Herald Street Parking Garage, and neighborhoods within these locales, as well as South Station and Boylston Street T stops, when traffic allows.

Transportation and Directions

The Health Sciences Campus is easily accessible from multiple public transportation options, including MBTA buses, subways, and the commuter rail. Over the summer, you will receive an email with information about purchasing a discounted MBTA pass for access to public transportation.

Directions to campus.

Other Useful Links

Contact Information

Admissions

PHPD Student Services:

Admissions Office

617-636-0935

med-phpd@tufts.edu

Billing/Tuition

Financial Aid

617-636-6574

med-finaid@tufts.edu

Career Services

PHPD Student Services: Career Services Office

617-636-0935

phpd-careerservices@tufts.edu

Information Technology

Office of Information Technology

617-627-3376

it@tufts.edu

Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid

617-636-6574

med-finaid@tufts.edu

Immunization Forms

Student Advisory & Health Administration Office

617-636-2700

lucia.fenney@tufts.edu

Health Insurance

Student Advisory & Health Administration Office

617-636-2700

cynthia.linton@tufts.edu

Registration

PHPD Student Services: Registrar’s Office

617-636-0935

phpdregistrar@tufts.edu

Disability Services

PHPD Student Services

617-636-0935

med-phpd@tufts.edu

International Student Visas

Office of International Affairs

617-636-0355

sarah.sculley@tufts.edu

Multicultural Programs/Services

Office of Multicultural Affairs

617-636-0992

marlene.jreaswec@tufts.edu