Master of Science in Conservation Medicine Program

As the 21st century unfolds, humankind is confronting significant and complex challenges to health and the environment. How we face those challenges will determine our own fate and that of many species with which we share the planet. The complexity of the challenges defies the traditional disciplinary approach to problem solving and calls for more integrated multi-disciplinary team efforts. Embracing a commitment to protect biodiversity, conservation medicine pursues a One Health approach to address urgent health issues facing our stressed planet, such as: emerging diseases, wildlife-livestock conflicts, environmental contamination and climate change. Conservation medicine professionals use their expertise and collaborative skills to work with other scientists, professionals, policy-makers, and local communities to develop and implement solutions for these important health-related challenges within an ecological context.

The Master of Science in Conservation Medicine is designed to prepare students from varied backgrounds for a career in conservation medicine. This twelve-month program will build upon an individual student's disciplinary strengths, provide foundational knowledge in emerging conservation medicine issues and applications, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and create opportunities to master and practice skills necessary to be successful leaders in the conservation health arena. Graduates of this program will be uniquely prepared to enter a wide variety of health and policy careers that, increasingly, are being filled by individuals with the broad perspective and interdisciplinary skills that training in conservation medicine provides.

More information about conservation medicine can be found on the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine website.


Funding for the MCM program has been provided by leadership grants from The Regina Bauer Frankenberg Foundation for Animal Welfare, and H. Jay Sarles and Marilyn Sarles, MD. In addition, funding from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation has supported the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School since its inception, laying the groundwork to make this degree program possible.