Tufts University

School of Medicine

Pain Research, Education and Policy


136 Harrison Avenue

Boston, MA 02111

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate of Advanced Study in Pain Topics, Master of Science in Pain Research, Education and Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Access to pain management has emerged as a fundamental human right advocated by the United Nations and the World Health Organization. As a public health issue, chronic pain places a significant burden on the health care system. However, many health care providers feel inadequately prepared to assess and manage pain.

Become a Pain Leader
Tufts' Pain Research, Education, and Policy (PREP) program is the first and only multidisciplinary postgraduate pain curriculum of its kind in the United States. Our diverse curriculum includes the neurobiology of pain, ethical and sociocultural aspects of pain, palliative care and end of life, clinical issues, and the pharmacology of pain. Based in a department of public health, we also address research methods, public policy and legislation, and advocacy and communication. Our interprofessional approach provides students with the sophisticated knowledge and practical skills necessary to take on the challenges and complexities of pain.

Join Our Flexible Programs
Our students come from a broad cross-section of fields. PREP offers multiple educational opportunities for students interested in the study of pain: an MS in Pain Research, Education and Policy; a Joint MS-Pain Research, Education, and Policy/Master of Acupuncture; Certificates in Advanced Study of Pain Topics; and blended learning. Additional cross-institutional programs are currently in development.


All of the degree programs at Tufts University School of Medicine 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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