Our program stands alone in the depth it provides in the science of nutrition and in the breadth of training in public health; it is the only combined degree of its kind. - Aviva Must, PhD and Dean of Public Health & Professional Degree Programs, Tufts University School of Medicine
What are the requirements?
Students may complete both the MS and MPH degrees in 2-2½ years full-time study. Students typically begin their studies at the Friedman School and transition to the MPH program after three semesters. Working closely with an advisor from the start, students create a fully integrated course plan, taking courses in both programs each semester. When registered at Friedman, students cross-register for MPH classes; when registered at the Medical School, they cross-register for Friedman classes.
What courses do I need to take?
Students must complete all MPH core course requirements: one course each in the five core knowledge areas as well as a program evaluation course, a course in health care budgeting and management, and the Applied Learning Experience (ALE). The ALE requires students to synthesize knowledge acquired in coursework and apply it to a public health project of their own design involving at least 160 hours of practicum work. Students may elect to have a global health focus. Students combine study in any one of the Friedman School’s programs with either a generalist or concentration-specific MPH. Courses required by the two degrees overlap by about 40%. Popular Nutrition and MPH concentration combinations include:
- Food Policy and Applied Nutrition & Health Behavior and Health Communication
- Nutritional Epidemiology & Epidemiology/Biostatistics
- Nutrition Interventions, Behavior Change, Communication & Health Services Management and Policy
- Agriculture, Food and Environment & Nutrition
Additionally, MS-Nutrition/MPH students must complete a mandatory Career Planning Course (CPC) which is designed to ensure that students gain the skills and confidence to promote themselves effectively in job searches and throughout their careers. Learn more about the CPC.
How long does it take?
Students may complete both the MS and MPH degrees in 2½ years of intensive full-time study (four full courses each semester).
How do I apply?
There are two application options if you are interested in our combined degree program with the Friedman School of Nutrition.
Applying Concurrently to Friedman School and the MPH Program
If you are not yet a student at the Friedman School, you can apply to the combined degree program at the same time you are submitting your application for your nutrition master’s degree program. You should follow all deadlines and submission requirements established by the Friedman School Admissions Office.
When you are selecting your program choices in the Friedman application, you will just need to indicate that you are applying to the combined degree program for the MPH. Application requirements remain the same for dual-degree applicants, however you will be asked to submit a personal statement referencing your interest in the dual-degree MS in Nutrition/MPH program specifically.
After you have submitted a complete application to the Friedman Admissions Office, your application and supporting materials will be shared with the Public Health Admissions Committee for review.
Applying for the MPH as a Current Friedman School Student
If you have already begun your degree program at the Friedman School and want to apply for the combined degree program as a current student, you will need to submit a short application to the PHPD Admissions Office.
Upon submission of the short application, the PHPD Admissions Office will work with the Friedman School Admissions Office to obtain the application materials you submitted for your nutrition master's degree program. The information you provide in the short application, plus your transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and personal information on the Friedman application, will be combined and reviewed by the Public Health Admissions Committee for admission to the combined MS in Nutrition/MPH program.
College Biology, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite to graduate from our MPH program. Students who do not have this will normally be expected to take such a course by the end of their first fall semester. As Tufts MPH students, they can satisfy this requirement by taking our 0.5 credit Public Health Biology course offered each fall. Enrolling at another college or university to take an undergraduate level biology course before the end of their first fall semester with us is also acceptable.
What are the MPH tuition costs for the MS-Nutrition/MPH degree?
The following tuition rates are for 2019 – 2020 academic year* and apply to students enrolled in the MPH portion of the program starting in Fall 2019.
Students enrolled in the dual MS/MPH will be billed by the Friedman School of Nutrition for the first three semesters of coursework undertaken towards their degrees at Friedman School tuition rates. Students pursuing the MPH on a full-time basis will then be billed by the Public Health and Professional Degree (PHPD) programs for their final two semesters, at the tuition rate listed below. Part-time students are billed for four semesters at the tuition rate listed below. At current year tuition rates, this means the total tuition cost of the MPH program for MS/MPH students is $50,704 (in addition to the cost of the Friedman School program).
Please note that any scholarship funding awarded by the Friedman School cannot be applied to tuition charges from the Public Health and Professional Degree programs during your final two semesters in the program.
$25,352 / semester (full-time)
$12,676 / semester (part-time)
$274 / semester
The current academic year's cost of attendance budget (including not only tuition, but room and board, health insurance, books etc.) is available from the Office of Financial Aid.
* Tuition rates and fees are effective as of July 2019. Note that program cost is set each academic year (June to May) and typically increases a small amount from year-to-year. The Trustees of Tufts University reserve the right to change tuition rates or fees at their discretion.
What kind of job can I get with these degrees?
Graduates find that their detailed knowledge of nutrition science along with a foundational understanding of population health issues gives a significant advantage in job seeking. Our students have gone on to positions as public policy analysts, program evaluation consultants, research associates, community program managers and preventive health and health promotions project managers. They are represented in the for-profit, governmental, health care and academic career sectors.