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Tufts Public Health

Public Health courses stay remote for Spring 2021

Tufts University Biomedical Research & Public Health sign
Exterior of the Boston Health Sciences Campus where the Public Health and Community Medicine department is housed.
Monday, October 26, 2020


Dear new and continuing Public Health students,

The School of Medicine has determined that all Master of Public Health (MPH) coursework offered in spring 2021 will continue to be delivered remotely.

Our original decision to move to remote instruction was made after extensive research and consideration of many different options available to us. As you no doubt know, the circumstances that led us to move to remote course delivery remain unchanged. The threat of community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty in delivering safe, in-person learning on a crowded urban campus have not been mitigated. As a program which requires no on-campus clinical training, the MPH program can take advantage of remote delivery without compromising course quality. Since our campus is 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.

We continue to work with faculty to provide the highest quality remote teaching possible. 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 will continue to work with you to find ways to create a sense of community both academically and socially. Outside of classes, we will continue to look for ways to provide activities to enrich your Tufts experience. Offerings so far have included topical journal clubs, public health research and practice seminars, documentary films series, and community service opportunities.

These last months continue to challenge us all to adapt in new and unexpected ways. However, the Tufts community remain resolved to stand together and stay committed to our mission, as we fight this global pandemic.

We encourage you to review our Remote Learning webpage for answers to some of the most common questions we know you may have. 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)