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Tufts Public Health

Public Health courses to be held remotely in Fall 2020

Tufts University Biomedical Research & Public Health sign
Exterior of the Boston Health Sciences Campus where the Public Health and Community Medicine department is housed.
Friday, June 5, 2020


Dear new and continuing Public Health students,

The School of Medicine has determined that all MPH coursework offered in fall 2020 will be delivered remotely. This decision was made after extensive research and consideration of many different options. As a program which requires no on-campus clinical training, the MPH program has the ability to take advantage of remote delivery without compromising course quality. By moving to remote instruction, we hope to provide you with the flexibility to decide when and how to relocate to Boston without compromising your health or your budgets. Since we are located in the heart of an urban center, this decision also allows for more effective social distancing and will contribute to city-wide efforts to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and to protecting the health of the Tufts community.

The Public Health programs at Tufts are well-prepared for remote learning. We already have established online degree offerings and have used that expertise to guide us as we thoughtfully adapt our existing MPH courses for a digital environment. We have always prioritized the close interactions between students and faculty and the active engagement of students in the classroom, and that has not changed. We are creating a comparable remote experience now; as a member of the Tufts community you will be able to interact with instructors and each other in multiple ways throughout the semester. You will be assigned an academic advisor who will get to know you and seek to understand your specific educational and professional goals. In addition, in your first days as a student you will meet with our superb career services staff to outline your career aspirations and work with you to optimize your time at Tufts to meet them. 

Outside of classes, we will provide both social and academic activities to enrich your Tufts experience.  Offerings will include topical journal clubs, public health research and practice seminars, documentary films series, and community service opportunities.

These last months have challenged us all to adapt in new and unexpected ways.  We recognize that our plans for fall are most likely not how you envisioned your first semester of public health education. We are all grappling with the disappointment of changed expectations and the loss of normal daily life. However, the Tufts community—which we hope you will join—is resolved to stand together and stay committed to our mission, as we fight this global pandemic.

We have created a FAQ to address what we expect may be your immediate questions. Please contact our admissions staff directly with additional questions. We hope to see you in an on-line class soon, and eventually in person on campus!


Tony Schlaff, MD, MPH
Director, Public Health Program

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