MPH Required Courses


PH 201   Principles of Epidemiology  (F, S, Su – 1.0 Cr) Provides an introduction to the epidemiological perspective on health and disease. The course emphasizes the principles and methods used to describe and evaluate the patterns of illness in communities and in population subgroups. Methods and research designs used in the investigation of the etiology of infectious and noninfectious disease are presented. 


CE 154  Principles of Epidemiology  (F – 1.0 Cr) Instructs students in the methods that quantify disease processes in human populations. Topics include study design, sources of inaccuracy in experimental and observational studies, the methodology of data collection, and an introduction to the statistical evaluation of epidemiological data. Environmental and occupational risk factors are explored through class discussions and course paper topics. (Medford campus)


PH 205  Principles of Biostatistics  (F, Su – 1.0 Cr) Introduction to the basic principles and applications of statistics as applied to problems in clinical and public health settings. Topics include the description and presentation of data, random variables and distributions, descriptive statistics, introduction to probability, estimation, elements of hypothesis testing, and one- and two-sample tests, ANOVA (including repeated-measures), non-parametric tests, and an introduction to linear and logistic regression.  (Students pursuing an epi-bio concentration must take PH 259 or NUTR 209 & 309 to fulfill their core requirement.)


NUTR 209 & 309  Statistical Methods for Nutrition Research I & II (2 semester course) (F, S – 2.0 Cr) This year-long course covers descriptive statistics, graphical displays, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, experimental and survey design, and analysis of variance and categorical data. Uses statistical program packages.


PH 204  Occupational  and Environmental Health (F, S, Su – 1.0 Cr) Examines current topics in the area of occupational and environmental health, with particular emphasis on the types of materials that produce human health effects. Both clinical and epidemiological data are used to assess the public health importance of environmental pollutants and to evaluate the effectiveness of control strategies. 


CE 158  Environmental and Occupational Health  (S – 1.0 Cr) Same as MPH 204.  ( Medford campus)


PH 215  Public Health and Health Care: Politics, Policies, and Programs  (F, S, Su – 1.0 Credits) Overview of the theory, organization, policies, politics, and practices that have shaped public health and health care services in the U.S.  Students learn about the forces that influence the substance and process of public health and health care delivery as well as how health professionals (clinical and administrative), commercial interests, governmental officials and the public have come to interact in the evolution of public health and health care delivery systems. Students are exposed to quantitative and qualitative tools and methods used by practitioners in public health planning and in fostering community involvement.


HCOM 522   Changing Health Behaviors: Healthy People and Communities (F, S, Su – 1.0 Cr) Students are provided with an overview of how health interventions are developed and evaluated. The course takes a social ecological approach and emphasizes the role of community engagement in health promotion.  Makes extensive use of case studies and draws on the experiences of a diverse group of professionals.


Research Methods:  Dependent on concentration. 

PH 216  Health Care Organization: Budgeting and Management  (F, S, Su – 1.0 Cr) Focuses on cost accounting and budgeting in health services, nonprofit financial statement preparation, and the formulation of strategic business plans within the context of economic health policy. Students learn managerial theory and practice pertaining to organizational behavior, information systems, personnel, resource allocation, consensus building and prioritization of goals, conflict resolution, and negotiation strategies.

Applied Learning Experience (ALE)  The Tufts MPH program combines the CEPH required field and culminating experience into a single Applied Learning Experience. The ALE includes both an academic component, in which a student learns to conceptualize, design, implement, evaluate and describe a public health program; and a practice component, in which a student spends a minimum of 160 hours performing work on behalf of a public health agency. Courses are taken during the second-to-last and last semesters of study, respectively.