Tufts University School of Medicine

Type: Degree/Certificate
Country: United States
Website: http://www.tufts.edu

The Tufts University School of Medicine's innovative Master of Science in Pain Research, Education and Policy (MS-PREP) and Certificate (C-PREP) programs offer an unmatched opportunity to study with seasoned multidisciplinary instructors alongside a diverse student body within a faculty of public health. The program addresses topics including the ethical and sociocultural aspects of pain, palliative and end of life care, public policy, legislative issues, health communication, research and epidemiologic methods, advocacy, clinical issues, neuroanatomy, and neurochemistry.

Qualification on completion: Master of Science; a Joint MS/Master of Acupuncture; Certificates in Advanced Study of Pain Topics; and blended online learning courses.

Pre-requisite qualifications: Health providers from a range of disciplines, and recent college grads  are also accepted. Individuals’ work or experiences with pain are valued, but prior knowledge or specific experience with pain is not required.

Intended Participants (Discipline): Multidisciplinary, students from any health discipline

Format (online, face to face, blended): A combination of face to face and blended (online) teaching

Length (hours per week, number of weeks, or years): Masters: Full time 4 – 5 semesters; Part-time 2-5 yrs Certificate programs; Full-time: 2 semesters; part-time 1-5 years.

Content Consistent with any IASP curriculum: Yes -- but we also feature topics related to our home department (Public Health and Community Medicine) such as institutional change, epidemiology and biostatistics, ethics and social justice etc. Thus, we offer a "sociopsychobiological" perspective together with a "biopsychosocial" one.

Evaluation - Format (exams, assignments, participation, combination): All of the above.

Evaluation - Nature (competencies, knowledge, or both): Both -- bearing in mind we are not a clinical ceertification program. Most of our students are already ceertified health care professionals and of the remainder, most are using our program to transition to health care professional schools or doctoral level research programs. 

Accreditation or Endorsement For CME/CPD points, or for Content, e.g., by IASP): Our parent program (Public Health and Community Medicine) is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Contact Details (eg. Program Administrator): Please visit our web page (tufts.edu/med/prep) and click on "Apply Now" along the right-hand side of the home page. Contact details for our Academic Director Libby Bradshaw, and Director, Daniel Carr, appear on our web page, along with links to program overviews, course descriptions, and  archived videos of lectures by visiting speakers.