Student Experience

Tufts University School of Medicine is committed to advancing quality of life and the field of public health through academic innovation, interpersonal collaboration, and a research-driven approach to real-world practice.

Our online Master of Public Health (MPH) program brings that mission to life for health advocates around the United States.

Developed using research on how students learn best in an online environment, the curriculum and learning technology prioritize connection and community—the same values that drive our students and faculty to improve people’s lives in their hometowns and around the world.

“Tufts put such an emphasis on community that even with a fully online program, I still feel the community roots growing, be it with classmates or faculty members or even the directors of the program.”


The Intuitive Digital Campus

Your seamless online experience begins with the dashboard, which provides access to classes, peers, assignments, grades, and support services.

With just a computer, web cam, and Internet access, you become part of our collaborative community of public health students and practitioners. The mobile app features an offline mode, so you can download videos to view and complete assignments even in areas with no connection.

Participate in weekly seminar-style classes where you will develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research and analysis.

Complete interactive course work including video case studies, experiential work, and group assignments, on your own schedule.

Meet with distinguished Tufts Public Health faculty to receive one-on-one support and discuss course content during office hours.

Collaborate with a diverse group of peers by completing group work in breakout rooms during class or meeting through the platform at any time.

The platform allows you to personalize your experience based on your learning style and other sensory needs, using features such as:

  • Dark theme
  • Focus mode
  • Searchable video transcripts
  • Adjustable video speed
  • Streaming to TV or Bluetooth

Applied Learning Experience

During the program, you will apply your newly developed epidemiology and biostatistics knowledge and skills by completing a two-semester Applied Learning Experience (ALE), which begins with an immersion experience.

In the ALE, you will plan and implement a project-based practicum with a preceptor at an outside agency to address an existing public health challenge. You will then integrate your learnings by submitting a paper, presentation, and agency-specific deliverable.

The ALE enables you to serve your community and gain real experience you can apply at work and add to your resume. Previous examples of ALE projects completed by Tufts’ on-campus MPH students include:

  • Geographic analysis of work-related injuries using emergency department data
  • The impact of bariatric surgeries on the prevalence of diabetes in a Medicaid population
  • Identification of adjunctive tobacco cessation strategies based on predictors of success in a community-based tobacco treatment program
  • Evaluation of the Shape Up-Approved Eat Well Initiative for Shape Up Somerville

“Now I’m not only collecting the data from all that I’ve learned at Tufts, I can begin to leverage statistical analysis and research to help solve public health challenges such as disease outbreak or inequitable access to services.”


Support for Online Students

At Tufts, we provide a variety of personalized support and services to help guide you to academic and professional success.

Admissions Assistance

When you express interest in our program, you are assigned a dedicated admissions counselor who is your resource throughout the application process and can provide you with a firsthand look at our online classroom.

Technical Support

Once enrolled, our technical support team is available 24/7 to help you navigate the online platform or troubleshoot any difficulties you encounter.

Career Services

You will have access to the same career services as on-campus students, including Handshake, our online career management tool and recruiting platform that connects students and alumni to employers for jobs, internships, and career events. These resources remain available to you after graduation.

On-Campus Graduation

All online students are invited to walk at Tufts’ on-campus graduation ceremony. Held every May in Boston, this experience allows you to celebrate your achievements alongside your peers and solidifies your connection to the Tufts community.

What’s Next?

If you’re ready to take the next step toward improving public health outcomes, request information today.