Tufts University

School of Medicine

Health Communication


136 Harrison Avenue

Boston, MA 02111

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Digital Health Communications, Master of Science in Health Communication

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Tufts University's Health Communication Program offers students a full-range of educational opportunities to fit their career goals and provides the skills and knowledge necessary for graduates to assume a range of roles in diverse settings: federal agencies, hospitals, health departments, biotech companies, publishing firms, foundations, and other nonprofits. Students learn to develop, deliver, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs and campaigns; to disseminate health information to diverse audiences; and to develop, formulate and implement health policy initiatives.

A leader in the field, Tufts introduced one of the first master’s degrees in health communication in 1994. We provide a range of options designed to meet the needs of students and working professionals alike; these include a full master's degree program, summer and professional development programs, and a digital health communication online certificate program. Program faculty are communication specialists and public health and medical professionals with diverse experience and interests. They are practitioners and researchers committed to addressing current public health problems and highly accessible mentors dedicated to teaching and guiding students.

Health communication is advancing rapidly with new technologies and media, social marketing, health literacy and culturally competent materials. All of these developments make for an exciting and challenging field.

Tufts University School of Medicine's certificate program in Digital Health Communication gives graduates the skills for creating effective health communication messaging and campaigns using digital media, including the web, social media, and mobile technologies. Given the current explosion of digital communication, this program will provide a tailored skill set that can be used across organizations of all types and sizes, including consulting and public relations firms, hospitals and healthcare systems, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies, and public health departments.


All of the public health degree programs at Tufts are accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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