Public Health & Community Medicine

Chair's Welcome

Aviva Must

The Department of Public Health & Community Medicine comprises three divisions: public health, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. Our common denominator is that we all see health and access to health care as a basic human right, and thus prevention, anti-racism actions, and health equity are the guiding principles for our work in public health and clinical education, research, advocacy, and service. Our research portfolio spans diverse themes: global public health, quantitative research, health policy and promotion, nutrition, maternal-child health, and clinical research. We are always eager to participate in interdisciplinary collaboration and encourage our students to connect with department faculty to pursue their research interests as part of their Tufts experience.

Aviva Must, PhD, Morton A. Madoff, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair of Public Health and Community Medicine

About Us

The Department of Public Health & Community Medicine is distinguished by a strong faculty with a broad multidisciplinary approach to public health and clinical issues. It is devoted to the promotion of public health through education, research, population-based and patient-centered advocacy, shaping health policy, and community service.


The faculty work in five broadly defined research areas. Much of the research is translational, from bench to bedside, and more often bench to community and to policy. The research groups have extensive collaborations across Tufts, Boston, the United States, and globally. There are also collaborations with community-based organizations, state and local health departments, and with industry.


Our goal in teaching students is to provide them with the skills, knowledge, and perspectives needed to understand the essential links between the social, physical, and economic environments and the health of individual patients and their families.

The Department of Public Health and Community Medicine is home to five different graduate programs.


Beyond the walls of the university, we support any service activity that has as its goal direct and measurable health benefit to a defined community, or to a government or non-profit organization whose mission includes service to a defined community. Learn more about our services using the links below.