Health and the Environment

One Health: As part of a continuing effort to promote innovative, interdisciplinary methods of teaching health at Tufts, TIE Co-Directors Gretchen Kaufman and Elena Naumova developed a seminar entitled “One Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches to People, Animals, and the Environment.” The course brings together faculty from three different Tufts campuses to teach students about the complex and integrated nature of the problems associated with human, animal, and ecosystem health. The course was most recently taught in Spring 2011, and the materials from its Fall 2009 iteration are posted on Tufts OpenCourseWare.

Arctic Initiative: TIE collaborated with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Disease (InForMid) to host a two-day workshop in April 2010 on issues of climate change and public health in the Arctic. The workshop featured speakers on a range of topics, and discussions focused on solutions in medicine, policy, community empowerment, and economic development. After the success of the workshop, TIE plans to develop future opportunities with the intent of facilitating discussion and research on health and development in the Arctic region.

MCM Program: The Master of Science in Conservation Medicine (MCM) demonstrates Tufts’ commitment to the One Health approach in health education. MCM is a twelve-month program designed to build upon individual students’ disciplinary strengths, provide foundational knowledge in emerging conservation medicine issues, and foster cross-sectoral collaboration. Graduates of the program are uniquely prepared to enter a broad variety of health and policy careers, and are equipped with an integrated understanding of human and environmental health distinct from more narrowly-focused traditional programs.

Doctor of Public Health Program: Tufts added depth to its public health education programs in the fall of 2013 with a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) degree offered through Tufts University School of Medicine. The degree’s interdisciplinary curriculum draws from across the University’s distinguished graduate schools in medicine, nutrition, veterinary sciences, dentistry, engineering and international relations.  Students learn from nationally and internationally renowned faculty who bring with their public health training a wide range of expertise in law, medicine, veterinary medicine, sociology, anthropology, environmental science and engineering, nutrition, infectious diseases, communications, social work, and global health.

For a list of the faculty affiliated with TIE involved in this research, please see our Affiliated Faculty Page.