The complexity of environmental and health-related challenges facing the 21st century defies the traditional disciplinary approach to problem-solving and calls for more integrated, multi-disciplinary team efforts.
The Master of Science in Conservation Medicine (MCM) brings together the strengths of professionals and experts in relevant fields with the expertise each student brings to this program. The interdisciplinary, team-taught courses are designed to provide graduates with foundational knowledge in the various contributing fields of conservation medicine and to develop the team building, organizational, and leadership skills necessary for successful implementation of real-world conservation efforts.
The curriculum for this intensive twelve-month program consists of eight, small seminar-style core courses taught by leaders from several schools within Tufts University, a journal club, and independent team-project-based activity culminating in an individual case study. Laboratory and hands-on field techniques are included within the program. Students immerse themselves in a “real-world” conservation medicine experience during a four-week (minimum) externship. In addition, students choose at least two elective courses from any relevant discipline from across all the Tufts schools and a number of partner area universities to augment their educational and professional goals. No thesis is required.