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Tufts Public Health

Remote Learning for MPH Students

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The School of Medicine has determined that all MPH coursework offered in spring 2021 will be delivered remotely. By continuing our 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 budget. 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 our community and our neighbors.

Remote Learning at Tufts

Many of our faculty have experience teaching remote classes as well as in-person classes. They are very familiar with the guiding principles surrounding course design and development in a virtual environment. While we needed to move to virtual offerings under emergency circumstances, we did not rush and we did not compromise our committment to you as a Tufts student. We have been thoughtful about making sure the classes and student experience we offer take full advantage of a remote learning environment. This includes:

  • Synchronous (meaning “live”) and asynchronous (on your own time) course content which gives you some more flexibility in completing classwork.
  • Interactive coursework that uses technology to deepen your understanding—things like video case studies, electronic whiteboards, virtual field trips, and interviews or lectures from guest public health leaders.
  • Videoconferencing that allows for full class participation during instruction. You’ll see your classmates and professor, and they will see you. You can ask questions live during class, and discuss class topics with your classmates in integrated, small video breakout groups.
  • Remote access support for other connections. You can participate in small study groups via video chat. We will provide support for extracurriculars like journal clubs and film clubs. Our Student Senate will continue to host virtual meetups and events like trivia, bingo, and movie nights. We will host research seminars remotely.

    FAQ About Remote Learning

    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 have created a comparable remote experience; as a member of the Tufts community you will be able to interact with instructors and each other in multiple ways throughout the semester.
    Dr. Tony Schlaff and Dr. Susan Koch-Weser, Public Health Program Leadership