After being admitted to the MPH program, when can I begin to take program courses?
Students who apply and are accepted for entrance in the usual fall admission cycle—can and are even encouraged—to consider starting their programs in the summer session if their schedules and course space permits. Accepted students coming to Tufts should check with the Registrar’s office for summer schedule information and course availability.
Is the Tufts MPH program accredited?
Yes, it is accredited by Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). CEPH accredits public health programs that are based in academic units of universities, like the Tufts program in the School of Medicine, as well as programs based in Schools of Public Health.
What if I want to attend the Tufts MPH program and I have never taken a college level biology course?
Students who have not completed an undergraduate level biology course must demonstrate a basic understanding of biology applicable to public health through completion of a non-credit, on-line course and examination. Ideally, this course should be taken in the summer prior to matriculation and no later than the end of the first year of the program. This zero credit requirement may be met with the free, on-line Introduction to Biology course at Carnegie-Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative. Students must achieve an average of at least 80% correct answers for the modular quizzes and submit a copy of the final examination results to the Registrar before this requirement is considered fulfilled.
How many credits does it take to earn an MPH degree from Tufts and what courses are required?
It takes 42 credits to graduate with an MPH degree from Tufts. Courses are designated as 3 or 1.5 credits. No matter which concentration or combined degree track a student pursues 24 of the 42 credits represent required courses, with the remaining 18 credits comprising concentration/track requirements and elective courses.
Can you attend the program either full-time or part-time?
Yes, either is acceptable and students sometimes switch from one status to the other.
What is the cost to attend the Tufts MPH program?
Please visit MPH Admissions & Tuition for current tuition information. Dual degree program students have different tuition levels based on the requirements of their specific program. There is an inherent cost savings in the dual or combined programs as many courses double count both for the MPH and for the other degree being pursued.
What times of day are classes offered?
Classes generally meet once per week and are generally offered during the afternoons and evenings each week on Monday-Thursday. There are also a few Friday classes as well as some that meet in the morning. Students who can only take evening courses are able to complete their MPH program requirements at Tufts if they concentrate in Health Services Management and Policy, Behavioral Science/Health Communication or Epidemiology/Biostatistics. Nutrition concentrators will need to take some morning or afternoon courses. Advanced schedule planning is strongly encouraged for all students.
Is a final thesis required for the MPH degree?
No formal thesis is required for graduation.
What are the requirements of the Applied Learning Experience?
Generally, students are expected to complete a minimum of 160-hour agency based practicum experience related to public health that is generally conducted after most course work has been completed. This experience satisfies both the Applied Practice Experience and Integrated Learning Experience elements required for all students earning an MPH degree. There are specific pre-requisites that must be completed before students enroll in the 1.5 credit ALE Planning course. There is also a final paper and oral presentation which accompanies the ALE Implementation course. The 160-hours of field work are either carried out as part of the ALE Implementation course, or are performed as a separate ALE field experience which comes between ALE Planning and ALE Implementation courses.
What sort of assistance will I be able to obtain with respect to finding a job after I graduate?
The Office of Career Services at Tufts MPH program provides resources and opportunities to help students and alumni make vital connections, and develop practical job search skills to become competitive in the job market. Students and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of support and skills sessions. Throughout the year, employers often post positions through our careers office or conduct on-campus information sessions. The Career Services Office is located on the first floor of the Public Health and Biomedical Sciences building at 136 Harrison Avenue, Boston. Email us at PHPD-CareerServices@tufts.edu or call 617-636-3519.
Do students work while enrolled in the MPH program?
Many do. Part-time students are often working either full- or part-time while completing their MPH degree. Even many full-time students find they are able to work part time while in their graduate program, due to the fact that many of our courses are offered in the late afternoons or evenings.
Can I transfer graduate course credits earned at another university to be used towards my Tufts MPH degree?
Up to 6 credits of relevant public health graduate work that has not been applied to a previously earned degree may be transferred to Tufts. Special rules apply for transfers of credits related to core MPH courses. For questions about transfer credits, please contact our Registrar's Office at email@example.com or 617-636-0935.
How long does it take to complete the MPH Program?
Students in the MPH program are able to register for as few as 1 course per semester up to 5 courses per semester, so time taken to complete the degree depends greatly on the student. On average, full-time students in the program complete the MPH degree in 18 months by taking courses year-round. Our recommended course load is 3-4 courses per semester. Usually this includes at least one fall and one spring semester, and additional coursework completed during our Summer I and II terms. For highly motivated students, it is possible to accelerate the coursework by taking a heavy course load over 3 semesters and to complete the program in 12 months. If this is a priority for you, we suggest you speak with the faculty concentration leader for your chosen concentration as soon as possible to map out your plan.
Students who choose to pursue the program part-time have up to five years to complete the MPH degree, although most will complete in approximately 3 years.
Are specific undergraduate courses required to apply for MPH?
Students must demonstrate a familiarity with basic biology prior to graduating from the MPH program. Many of our students complete this requirement using a one semester human biology course they took as an undergraduate student, however this course is not a requirement for admission. Students who do did not take a course in human biology as an undergraduate student will be required to successfully complete a free, non-credit, on-line course and examination offered through Carnegie-Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative. Ideally, this course should be taken in the summer prior to matriculation and no later than the end of the first year of the program. Please note that students should not enroll in this course until after they have been instructed to by our Registrar's Office to ensure that credit is earned for taking the course.