Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning
Academic Programs

Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) Program
All of the major graduate schools at Tufts University participate in the graduate certificate program in Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS), which is a model for integrative graduate education both that organizes research and training on water policies and issues across disciplinary boundaries. MA/MS/PhD student participation in the program does not add time to their degrees and is done through their home department. The goals of this unique certificate program are to develop interdisciplinary research projects that will make significant policy contributions, to educate a diverse, ethical, skilled set of professionals who are trained in a multidisciplinary approach within a specialized degree, and to meet the growing global demand for interdisciplinary water experts. Students in WSSS will be equipped to develop integrated, interdisciplinary solutions to the complex policy issues surrounding U.S. and international water crises. For more information on WSSS please visit http://www.tufts.edu/water/.

Recent projects:

  1. 2013: Cape Cod Commission: A Paradigm Shift - Alternative Technologies to Reduce Nitrogen in Cape Cod’s Water
  2. 2012: Lajee Center, Bethlehem, Palestine: Capacity Building for Improved Water Quality in Aida Refugee Camp
  3. 2012: Mystic River Watershed Association: Malden River - Next in Line for Success
Undergraduate Environmental Studies Program
UEP is one of three Tufts departments that oversees the undergraduate environmental studies program. The Environment and Society track, for which UEP serves as the host department, examines the socio- political, humanistic, economic, and cultural aspects of managing environmental problems.
M.S. Degree in Agriculture, Food, and Environment
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy examines the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences in relation to problems of human nutrition. Courses cover the fundamentals of human nutrition, malnutrition and socioeconomic development, applied human nutrition programs, maternal and child health, American agriculture, policy and program implementation, food subsidies, and analytical techniques for nutritional assessment. Other relevant courses offered in association with this school include epidemiology, nutritional anthropology, the economics of food and nutrition, nutrition and behavior, rural development, and international food and agriculture policy.
UEP collaborates with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy's one-year M.S. degree in Agriculture, Food and Environment. This Program addresses the growing interest in the interconnections among environmental, social, nutritional, and safety aspects of food production. The program combines Tufts University's strengths in nutrition, environmental analysis, health sciences, and environmental policy. For an application and more information on this program, contact the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; the School's contact information can be found on their website.
Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
Tufts University is explicitly committed to fostering an attitude of 'giving back,' promoting an understanding that active citizen participation is essential to freedom and democracy, and a commitment to make the world a better place. The mission of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service is to prepare Tufts undergraduates and graduate students for lifetimes of active citizenship, and to make public service an important dimension of their lives and work. Program activities designed to fulfill this mission include faculty and curriculum development, student leadership development, an information and resource clearinghouse, and seed grants for faculty and students initiatives.
Research Centers
Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE)
The Global Development and Environment Institute was established to gain a new understanding of how nations and societies at differing stages of economic development can pursue development in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. It is also aimed at assisting the public and private sectors in applying this knowledge in the creation of appropriate policies that promote sustainability. Through research, curriculum development, a visiting scholars' program, conferences, and faculty seminars, the institute offers opportunities for shared activities between the Fletcher School and Graduate and Professional Studies, and also provides employment opportunities for graduate students. GDAE is co-directed by Neva Goodwin and William Moomaw, a professor at the Fletcher School, who is also affiliated with UEP.
Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE)
Created in 1998, the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) is an interdisciplinary, university-wide education and research institute that facilitates and coordinates environmental programs at the University. TIE is devoted to advancing and disseminating knowledge about the many ways human interactions affect the environment. It meets this goal by: assisting faculty to create new environmental courses; developing interdisciplinary research initiatives; coordinating efforts among existing departmental programs; supporting speakers and visitors; involving alumni; producing books, articles, reports, conferences and other outreach activities and supporting and recognizing outstanding Tufts students. TIE focuses its activities on environmental research, technology, policy development, and education to improve environmental quality as it relates to human health. Within TIE, the Tufts Climate Initiative (TCI) focuses on taking actions at the university to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. Student research projects play a key role in informing university decisions such as building renovation, equipment selection, and policy development. UEP faculty member Ann Rappaport is a co-director of TCI, along with William Moomaw.
Tufts University Center for Children (TUCC)
The Tufts University Center for Children (TUCC) is an interdisciplinary, cross-school center dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and their families in the nation and around the world. The Center is a resource for affiliated faculty with interests in child development, health, and policy. Through its various activities, TUCC seeks to: increase the quality and quantity of research and scholarship on child development, health and policy; heighten public awareness of the needs of children and their families; increase community involvement in meeting the needs of children and families; and influence public opinion and public policy to advance the well-being of children, their families and communities. UEP faculty member Fran Jacobs is a member of the TUCC Steering Committee.