David Gute

David Gute

(617) 627-3452
200 College Avenue
Research/Areas of Interest:

environmental and occupational epidemiology, environmental health and safety


  • Ph.D., Yale University, United States, 1981
  • M.P.H., Yale University, New Haven, United States, 1976
  • B.A., Connecticut College, New London, United States, 1973


David M. Gute is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine, as well as at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He directs a M.S./Ph.D. program in Environmental Health and previously served as the academic director of the Tufts in Talloires program. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Gute served as an assistant commissioner responsible for personal and environmental disease risk factor reductions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and as an epidemiologist with the Rhode Island Department of Health. He has served as a consultant for a number of organizations, including the World Health Organization and AcademyHealth. He is interested and committed to offering environmental and public health training in a variety of settings including international venues, having led and co-directed training programs in Brazil and the Philippines.

Gute worked with with Jeffrey Griffiths to launch the first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) at Tufts University. The content debuted in 2015 in three sessions, enrolled over 12,000 students from 175 countries and addressed topics at the intersection between engineering and public health, particularly with regards to the control of water borne disease.

David Gute's research interests are found at the intersection of public health and engineering. Recent and current projects span the identification and control of occupational health risks among immigrant populations in Somerville, Massachusetts, to the primary prevention of urinary schistosomiasis in the eastern region of Ghana.