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Public Health and Community Medicine

The Department of Public Health and 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 department's research themes include environmental and occupational health, health inequality and social determinants of health, health communication, obesity and chronic disease, nutrition and infection, health policy and health care delivery, and global health. 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 U.S. 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. To learn more about the public health graduate programs, go to the Tufts Public Health website.


Beyond the walls of the university, it supports any service that has as a 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.

The Department of Public Health and Community Medicine is part of the Tufts University School of Medicine and is the academic home to the public health graduate programs.

Aviva Must, PhD
Morton A. Madoff Professor of Public Health and ChairĀ