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Master of Public Health Program (MPH)

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Make Meaningful Change

The Tufts University Master of Public Health (MPH) Program arms you with the academic foundation and practical skills you need to make a difference in the community and around the globe. Join a group of passionate, committed public health practitioners and scholars driven to solve some of the toughest challenges facing society today.

Tailored Public Health Education

As a Tufts MPH student, you’ll enroll in rigorous foundational coursework and choose your specialization by picking a concentration. Concentrations consist of three to four courses in a specific area of public health practice. In addition, you will choose up to five elective courses in subjects that interest you. 

All MPH students choose one of the following concentrations:

Students with another graduate degree or professional experience in health have the option to pursue an individualized study plan instead of a concentration. 

Flexible Timelines 

We have designed our MPH program to provide a variety of options for students to complete the degree on a timeline that works for them. While every student must complete 42 credits to earn their MPH, the rate at which you complete your classes can be flexible and tailored to your schedule and your life. 

Most students will complete the MPH program in 18 months by enrolling in three to four courses per semester, including our summer semester. However, students have the flexibility to enroll in as many or as few courses per semester as works for them and may take up to five years to complete the degree.

Students may enroll in fall or spring; students enrolling in fall may begin their coursework in the summer if they choose. 

Accelerated Option 

Students looking to complete the program in a single calendar year may wish to enroll in the accelerated option. Students enroll in courses starting the second session of summer semester and finish in the first half of the following summer (July–July).  

The accelerated option is fast-paced, and the course load is heavy. Seats are guaranteed in pre-selected sections of all required courses to facilitate timely completion of the degree.  

We currently offer the accelerated option only for students pursing the Epidemiology and Biostatistics or Health Services Management and Policy concentration. There is a separate application in SOPHAS for students who want to pursue the MPH program accelerated option. 

Online Option 

If you would prefer to pursue a fully online program, we offer the same CEPH-accredited MPH curriculum in our Online MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, with concentration options for Epidemiology and Biostatistics or Population Health Promotion.

Real World. Hands On.

Central to the program, you’ll design and complete an Applied Learning Experience (ALE). Working with a preceptor at an outside agency on a real-world project, you’ll use the ALE to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to address a specific public health challenge. You’ll gain skills, practical experience, and professional connections that prepare you for career success. And you can choose to conduct your ALE internationally – a unique way to bring a global health focus to your degree.

Collaborative and Supportive

Our collaborative environment creates new opportunities to learn. Classes are small, which means more chances to engage with students who have different backgrounds and perspectives. And you’ll work with diverse faculty who are also successful practitioners. They’ll go above and beyond to support you through every aspect of your academic experience.

Extensive Dual Degree Options

Our MPH program also offers a range of relevant dual degrees, including:

100% of our 2020 MPH graduating class was employed or continuing education. (Based on survey responses and public profiles.)

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MPH Program Director & Staff

Anthony Schlaff, MD, MPH

Susan Koch-Weser, ScD, ScM
Associate Director of Curriculum and Program Planning (MPH)

Janet Walton, MA
Assistant Dean, Public Health & Professional Degree Programs

Online MPH

Are you interested in earning your MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in an online format? Visit our Online Public Health Programs website for more information.