Dean Aviva Must
It is an honor to serve as Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine’s Public Health & Professional Degree Programs during this truly critical time in public health.
In today’s rapidly changing world, our field is charged with confronting a wide range of health challenges. Emerging issues like the growing opioid epidemic and bacterial antibiotic resistance require us to more closely consider how community-based prevention, health policy, and patient care strategies impact public health. Ongoing problems like health inequity, the rise of diabetes and obesity in developing countries, health care access and cost, and environmental health threats underscore the need for well-trained health professionals.
At Tufts, we prepare students to confront these and myriad other issues head on. Small, diverse classrooms and a close-knit community foster active debate and critical thinking about the issues students will face in their careers. The skills you build in this environment prepare you to work in a complex but crucially important field.
We’re training our students to interact fluently with the sophisticated communication technologies and powerful new data tools transforming how we approach health. We’re adapting to an increasingly global landscape: our students have the opportunity to work internationally through capstone projects, and recent changes to our curriculum have created other new ways to focus on global health. We continue to champion the imperative of social justice – in our communities and around the world.
Since joining Tufts in 1994, I’ve watched our enrollment grow from 80 students to well over 500. We’ve added stand-alone MPH and Doctor of Public Health degrees; nine dual degrees, and programs in Health Communication; Pain Research, Education, and Policy; Biomedical Sciences; and Physician Assistant training. As the world changes, we do, too. And we’ll continue to evolve in order to create new opportunities for our students.
I invite you to read about our programs and learn about the impact that Tufts faculty, students and alumni are making every day. Together, we can help change the world.