Current Students

Mia Graham Beer

Mia Graham Beer

"Advocating for children and families so they’re empowered to thrive and lead healthy lives has been a passion of mine throughout my life. After working as a Pediatric nurse and earning a masters degree in a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program, I've seen a variety of challenges in healthcare. To face them, I've strived to provide effective communication, and meaningful, accurate, information to patients to promote their wellness.

I also explored another avenue to engage children and families in order to encourage healthy behaviors. When I started a nonprofit to establish a children's museum in Vermont, I gained a better understanding of how children and adults learn and the role of visual cues. The power of social media became apparent as the message spread to a broad audience about the importance of learning through play.

My goal now is to inspire a greater number of people from diverse backgrounds to access the health information they need and to take a more active role in how they care for themselves. The unique Digital Health Communications program offered at Tufts will provide the necessary tools to allow me to succeed.

The live on-line class option and concentrated summer course provides the personal interactions and flexibility I need while raising a family. Working with professionals with practical experiences and tapping into their knowledge and expertise will enable me to have a positive impact on children and families on a greater scale as I explore opportunities in public health. I'm thrilled to be embarking on this new journey and getting to know my classmates at Tufts!"

Pilar Botana

Pilar Botana

"As an architect and visual artist, I have a passion for solving problems through design and illustration. I truly believe in the saying 'one image is worth one thousand words.' As a non-native English speaker and mother of two, I find in health communication a fascinating field with many challenges and blooming opportunities.

For all of the above, my aim is to explore the intersection between health communication and visual storytelling, as a means to reach out more effectively to the lay public, with special emphasis on low literacy and underserved populations.

The Tufts Medical School Certificate in Digital Health Communication offers a deep insight on the art and science of health communication and has provided me with powerful tools that I can leverage to improve my skills and expand my professional qualifications. The faculty is incredibly passionate and inspiring and, together with my fellow classmates, provides a great platform for networking."

Erin Brennan

Erin Brennan

"Over the last six years, I have supported social marketing projects for clients in the federal government. I have worked with clients in the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense (DoD), with a focus in health behavior change marketing. I have supported contracts geared towards substance abuse prevention, healthy eating and proper nutrition, bringing primary care providers to medically underserved communities (MUCs), and anti-human-trafficking. My work experience has deepened my understanding of health communication/social marketing strategies, and I look forward to the opportunity to expand my expertise in these fields with a Certificate in Digital Health Communication from Tufts. Working in a field that aims to better the health and well-being of its audiences has been extremely rewarding. I have found that compassion, empowerment, and knowledge can be powerful tools, when combined, to encourage behavior change. But in order to use these tools effectively, you first need to identify the channels through which your audience receives and retains messages. Digital channels are an unavoidable and necessary medium to utilize in health marketing. With geographically dispersed audiences, one of the most efficient ways to reach all of them is through online and digital communication efforts. While I have been building on my experience in this particular aspect of health communications, I am eager to advance my knowledge and learn firsthand from the subject-matters experts in the field. I look forward to meeting my classmates and sharing experiences that will help each of us become stronger professionals."

Meagan Fuller

Meagan Fuller

"A health communication and education specialist by trade, I am passionate about improving people’s well being by balancing core public health methods with creative, inventive solutions. My idea of a Return On Investment in my career is how many individuals have successfully adopted a new behavior that has ultimately improved their health status. Currently I work within The Well for Health Promotion of Tulane University coordinating campus-wide health communication campaigns regarding a variety of health content areas, including alcohol, tobacco, sexual violence prevention, and mental well-being. My favorite part of my job is its duality in investigation and curation. Considering the diversity and generational turnover of a university setting, I am challenged to keep up with technology trends in order to best understand my audience and how they access health information. The Certificate in Digital Health Communication will enhance my ability to maximize digital communication methods as a means to provide additional channels to shift cultural norms around preventative healthcare and bridge health disparities."

Krystle Gupilan

Krystle Gupilan

Krystle Gupilan graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in public health in 2014. After taking a course in health communication, her interest in merging health and communicating core messages was instilled in her. Immediately after graduation, she began an internship with The Los Angeles Trust for Children's Health, as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded undergraduate program and worked on developing a student engagement toolkit that is currently being used across 14 school-based wellness centers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Since then she has taken of the lead coordinating The L.A. Trust's annual Youth to Youth (Y2Y) Conference where students from across the wellness network are brought together for a day of learning and networking with health professionals. As the current Communications & Marketing Associate, she works to promote the organization through charitable campaigns, manage various social media platforms, update the website, and launch the monthly newsletter to the LA Trust's network.

As a student of Tufts University School of Medicine's Certificate in Digital Health Communication, she hopes to improve the way organizations market and communicate the benefits of school-based health centers. Krystle looks forward to reducing the stigma of school-based health centers by crafting and designing teen friendly materials around important health topics. As a millennial with a background in public health and avid user of social and digital media, Krystle knows Tufts University's Certificate in Digital Health Communication will provide her with innovative skills and knowledge that she can apply to her current role. She looks forward to networking with a diverse cohort who shares similar curiosities and passion in digital health communication and to advance her career trajectory in integrating public health and communications in order to be an effective communicator of health to youth.

Caitlin Hoffman

Caitlin Hoffman

"I have been working at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in STD control for the last eight years. My most recent position in communications and policy work has provided me with the opportunity to develop and manage two teen sexual health programs in the city. These programs seek to address barriers in accessing health resources and normalize better sexual health decisions. We have a strong social media presence, but it's getting harder to cut through the online traffic and reach our teenagers.

The Certificate in Digital Health Communication from Tufts will provide me with the skill set I need to refine communication strategies and make these programs even more of a success. Not only will the certificate provide learning opportunities that strengthen writing skills and techniques, it will incorporate some of my existing responsibilities by touching upon the power of social media and health communication. Finally, and most importantly, it will unite people across the country and world who share similar professional experiences: a desire to learn and motivation to achieve their goals. I am looking forward to meeting classmates, sharing experiences and collaborating on projects."

Elisabeth Kipping

Elisabeth Kipping

"With a Master's in Public Health and over six years of clinical research experience, I am pursuing the Certificate in Digital Health Communication as a way to enhance and add on to my professional skills. I was immediately drawn to the program because of a curriculum that focused on best practices in social media and health communications and the hands-on application of what is learned. In my first semester with the program, I have found myself utilizing the information I have been taught at my workplace. I have also enjoyed getting to know and learn from my professors, all who are leading professionals in the field of health communications, and my fellow students, who come from a diverse array of backgrounds and professions. I am looking forward to the year I will spend in the program and the prospects that I will have upon completion."

Colin Moran

Colin Moran

"Over the last several years I have worked with a variety of populations with a focus on improving the health of individuals and groups. I recently graduated with a Master of Science and Health Promotion degree and knew I wanted to further develop my skill-set, having a great interest specifically in health communications. My experience at my current job as a patient care coordinator/health coach has reinforced just how crucial communication is in health care, particularly when communicating with patients and communities. I have seen in my practice how significant and helpful communication can be in influencing one’s life and health. The importance of communication across various media is only going to become more important and influential in everyone’s day-to-day life as technology advances.

Upon first glance of the Digital Health Communication program at Tufts, I knew I wanted to participate in this program. After reviewing the curriculum and the statements of those having attended the program, this seemed like the perfect program to help me achieve my goals to advance my knowledge in the use of social media and digital technology in health communication. I am excited to learn from the professors and the diverse years of experience from fellow students."

Tonya Nash

Tonya Nash

"I’ve been promoting autism awareness, especially in faith-based communities, for the past four years. While I’ve had success in my work, I knew that I could be even more effective and targeted in my approach. I started searching for online health communications programs and was excited to discover the Certificate in Digital Health Communication program at Tufts University.  This program covers every area that I will need to strengthen my skill set and enhance the work that I’m doing. From learning how to create an effective digital strategy to designing mobile health apps, this program will set me up for success! I’m looking forward to building upon my current public health skills and creating a firm foundation for future professional opportunities. I’m also looking forward to building relationships and networking with my classmates and professors."

Sharon Pandian

Sharon Pandian

"I heard about the Certificate in Digital Health Communication through Tufts- CMC framework Program for Global Health Innovation. I was looking for a course to update my skillset and this was perfect as I can continue my work in India and do the certificate program online. The people I interacted with who had been through a few courses of the program assured me the online teaching was interactive and engaging. I had a great week attending my first course, Digital Strategies in Health Communication, this summer with Lisa Gualtieri. It was one of the best classes I have been to in my life. I learned there is so much that goes into designing a good website, and about engaging social media effectively. The content was well planned and delivered effectively and the guest speakers offered excellent inputs. Lisa and Nicole were amazing coordinators and ensured all of us had a productive and enjoyable time."

Gwen Russell

Gwen Russell

"As an attorney, my work in the public health field has taught me the importance of communication in providing effective client advocacy and shaping health policy. I am also passionate about innovative health communication using digital platforms, from social media to patient information portals. I believe Tufts University School of Medicine's Certificate in Digital Health Communication will help me continue to develop the skills I need to be an effective public health advocate in the digital age."

Lynda Banzi Sponholtz

Lynda Banzi Sponholtz

"I am a healthcare communications professional with experience in medical publishing and managing a hospital-based creative team. I currently work at Mass General Hospital in Boston. My expertise combines traditional media with social and digital knowledge across multiple platforms. My group is involved in developing and producing targeted marketing campaigns and educational material. I am a creative storyteller with a background in graphic design, social media, publishing, web content management, and video production. As my role shifts from a focus on visual communication to include more writing and strategy, I’m excited to work on areas that can have great impact for our patients and providers. I’m especially interested in health literacy and developing my writing about medicine-related topics. Completing the Digital Health Communication Certificate will provide the skills and insight to be a more effective communicator. When I'm not at work, I'm an avid long-distance runner and have completed 5 marathons. I also support community fundraising for cancer research."

Amy Wu

Amy Wu

"As a young breast cancer survivor and a professional journalist (and a lifelong learner), I have a passion for finding ways to use digital tools to find more innovative ways to communicate health and information. I have a particular interest in how social media platforms and tools can be used as an advocacy tool for breast cancer awareness and provide further outreach. The Certificate in Digital Health Communications from Tufts University seems like the perfect program to further my knowledge and skills in health communication. I plan to apply what I have learned on the job in journalism whether that be in the form of podcasting, articles or videos. I also plan on using this new knowledge in my role as a breast cancer advocate. I look forward to exchanging knowledge and ideas with fellow classmates and faculty, and love the format of learning online and having the chance to meet and study together in person."