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David M. Gute

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

David M. Gute

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Phone 617-627-3452
Anderson Hall, Room 310
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
environmental and occupational epidemiology, environmental health and safety

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.

Ph.D., Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale University, 1981
M.P.H., Health Services Administration, Yale University, 1976
B.A. cum laude, European History, Connecticut College, 1973
Professional Experience: 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2014-present: Professor
  • 1994-2014: Associate Professor
  • 1988-1993: Assistant Professor
  • 1987-1988: Part-Time Lecturer

Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine

  • 2014-present: Professor
  • 2012-2014: Associate Professor
  • 1987-2012: Assistant Clinical Professor

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

  • 2014-present: Professor
  • 2002-2014: Associate Professor

Academic Director, Tufts in Talloires Program


Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Boston University


Adjunct Lecturer in Biostatistics/Epidemiology, Division of Public Health, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Visiting Research Associate, Occupational Health Program, Harvard School of Public Health

Research Interests: 

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.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2016: Distinction Award for MOOC Project Team, Agent of Innovation Category, Tufts University
2013: Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
2013: Henry and Madeline Fischer Award, Tufts School of Engineering
2012: Development and Sustainability of Okyeman Award, Okyeman Association of New England
2009-2010: Multicultural Service Award, Tufts AS&E Equal Educational Opportunity Committee
2009-2010: International Relations Outstanding Faculty Service Award
2009: "Seeds of Our Green Life" Award, Vida Verde Co-Operative
2005-2007: Faculty Fellow, Tisch College of Civic Life
2002: Recipient of USEPA New England's Environmental Merit Award
1987-1989: Co-Recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award for Spring Semester, Boston University School of Public Health
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE-137: Public Health
CEE-241: Biology of Water and Health
CEE-158: Occupational and Environmental Health
PH-204: Occupational and Environmental Health: Focus on the Built Environment (selected summers)
CEE-194: The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Epidemics, the Environment, and Public Policy (Tufts in Talloires, selected summers)
MCM-587: Engineered Solutions (co-taught with Steve Levine)

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