Health and Immunization Requirements and Public Safety

Immunization Requirements

Any applicant accepted into Tufts University School of Dental Medicine must provide documentation for the State and University immunization requirements listed below.  The School of Dental Medicine immunization deadlines are for the IS program February 1st, DPG and MS programs April 15th, and GPR and DMD programs June 1st.  Additional information and forms will be emailed to admitted students.

It is best to start gathering your documentation early, as it may take several weeks to retrieve immunization records, and you might need an appointment for additional immunizations and testing. If you are currently enrolled in college, you should retrieve immunization documentation from your health services clinic prior to graduation. If it is impossible to obtain documentation of past immunizations, you must be vaccinated again, or provide a positive antibody titer as proof of immunity:

  • Tetanus Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis (Tdap):  One dose of the adult Tdap vaccine is required, in lieu of a Td booster.  If current Td booster is less than two years old, wait to receive Tdap vaccine.
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR):  Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine or positive antibody titers.
  • Tuberculosis Test:  Test given within one year prior to start date and updated annually.  If tuberculin positive, documentation of a past positive test must be submitted. Additionally, if tuberculin positive, a chest X-ray or QuantiFERON-TB Gold Test is required within 1 year prior to start date.
  • Varicella (chickenpox):  Physician verification of year of disease, positive antibody titer, or two doses of vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B:  Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine and positive surface antibody titer (blood work). The Dental School requires testing for immunity once the series is complete.
    • The hepatitis B vaccine is a three-dose series, which takes six months to complete. For students who have not already started the series, documentation for two doses of the vaccine must be submitted by your program immunization deadline.
  • Meningococcal: One dose of vaccine within five years prior to start date or completion of State Waiver Form.
  • Influenza:  Annual Seasonal Influenza vaccine or a signed Declination Form is required for all students.

Antibody Titer Laboratory reports must be submitted with other immunization documentation.

The Dental School Immunization Form is available on the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office (SAHA) website.

If you have any questions about the requirements please call the Student Advisory & Health Administration at (617) 636-2712 or email Lucia Fenney, Immunization Administrator.

Health Insurance Requirements

Matriculated students enrolled in the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine are required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Tufts University Health Sciences Schools to obtain health insurance.

Tufts University offers all Health Sciences students a comprehensive health insurance plan which meets the State and University requirements. For information about the current insurance plan, visithttp://medicine.tufts.edu/saha.  Students may either enroll in the health insurance plan offered by Tufts University or maintain private coverage as long as it meets or exceeds the minimum State requirements set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  To determine if your coverage meets the minimum state requirements see section 8.05 of the Student Health Insurance Program Regulation (SHIP). Your policy must meet the following under the Student Health Insurance Program Regulation:

  • Be underwritten by a United States based company
  • Provide mental health care benefits in the Massachusetts area
  • Provide preventive; primary care; and ambulatory patient services in the Massachusetts area
  • Provide emergency care benefits in the Massachusetts area
  • Cover inpatient hospitalization and both inpatient and outpatient surgical services within the Massachusetts area

If you plan to enroll in private coverage be aware that the enrollment process can take several weeks or months and your policy may not take effect immediately.  The SAHA Office recommends that you begin researching and applying for coverage as soon as possible.  In order to waive the student plan, your coverage must be effective from your start date at Tufts University, and you must have your policy information available by the Waiver deadline given to you.

Students who deposit will receive an email with detailed information regarding the health insurance requirements, the current plan offered, and the deadline date in early June. You will not be registered or be able to attend classes if you are not in compliance with State and University health insurance requirements.

Questions

If you have questions please call 617-636-2701 or 617-636-2700, email: Cynthia.Linton@tufts.edu orJessica.McLaughlin@tufts.edu, or visit our website at http://medicine.tufts.edu/saha. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Public Safety

Provisions of the Jeanne Clery Campus Crime Disclosure Act of 1998, the Drug-Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 afford the Department of Public Safety with an opportunity to annually distribute important safety information. This information explains services, policies, programs and expectations that help to contribute to achieving a safe and secure environment at Tufts University and provides important health and legal information concerning drug and alcohol use. This publication also provides us with the opportunity to inform our community of our campus crime statistics and information relating to fire safety.  The information is updated by the first day of October each year.

You may obtain this report on-line at:http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/safetyreport

You may also request a printed copy by contacting:

Tufts University
Sergeant Duane Weisse
Community Policing and Investigative Services Unit
419 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155