Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at PHPD.  Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the program’s community involvement while creating an alumni network of health professionals who are excited to continue their commitment to active citizenship throughout their careers.

Students, faculty, staff and community partners are welcome to recommend deserving students for consideration for the Honos Civicus Society. Students do not need to be recommended in order to apply but they must apply in order to be considered.

Strong candidates will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to public service and civic engagement beyond the minimum expected for degree requirements (internship, ALE, course requirements)
  • Demonstrated leadership and dedication
  • Made a positive impact
  • An outstanding record of professionalism and ethical behavior
  • A strong academic record


Honors are for degree-seeking students only who are in good academic standing.

*Eligible students include those graduating in May and those graduating in August of the same calendar year.


The benefits of membership in the Honos Civicus Society include:

  • Recognition at a ceremony of Class of 2017 Tufts Dental, Medical, PHPD, and Nutrition students accepted into the Honos Civicus Society.
  • Recognition at graduation, with a notation in the commencement program and an Honos Civicus pin for the commencement gown.
  • Features on the Tisch College website and other Tufts University publications.
  • Membership in the Honos Civicus alumni group, an alumni network of active citizen health professionals.


Applications will be reviewed by the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Honos Civicus Committee, which includes representatives from Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, faculty members from PHPD, and representatives from the Office of Student Affairs.


The Honos Civicus application deadline for the Class of 2017 is March 31.


Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page or email Olivia.Zimra_Turley@tufts.edu


  • If accepted to the Honos Civicus Society, you will receive a certificate at the Honos Civicus Ceremony and your name will be announced. Please use the space below to provide us this information:
  • Short Answer Questions

    Please limit your responses to 400 words or less per question.
  • This should not be a laundry list of one-time or short-term service projects. The Honos Civicus Review Committee is most interested in substantial, meaningful community service activities that demonstrate either a longitudinal commitment and/or a leadership role.
  • “What you learned” is purposefully broad; feel free to talk about what you learned about nutrition, community, public health, communication, yourself, and so on.
  • Please upload your resume as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
  • Supplemental Information

    The following information is not required.