Graduates

Jessica Holland

Jenny Holland
graduated Winter 2016

Clinical Research Coordinator II, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Children's Hospital

"An opportunity to manage a health-related website for children and families made me realize I needed different skills to succeed in a new role. The Certificate in Digital Health Communications from Tufts University immediately stood out as the most interesting, cost-effective, and time-efficient way to develop my knowledge of digital communications and enhance skills that would help me professionally. With a background in clinical research, I have thoroughly enjoyed approaching health topics from a broader perspective. After only a few weeks in the program, I have already seen a positive impact on my professional projects – I look forward to seeing what a full year will bring."

Bill Garish

Bill Gerrish
graduated Winter 2016

Communication Director, Connecticut Department of Public Health

"Though I have a graduate degree and have worked in public health communications for several years, I enrolled in the Tufts Graduate Certificate Program because I wanted additional training in digital health communication. I also wanted to learn more about how this field will shape the future of public health and health care. The Tufts program provided all this and more. It strengthened my skills in a wide range of areas including health literacy, mobile health design, and social media and gave me a new perspective on health communication. As a Connecticut resident, it was great to be able to complete most of the coursework online, while still getting to know several of my classmates and instructors. The quality of the instruction and insights of my classmates exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed my experience at Tufts, and am glad I decided to make this investment in my future."

Jessica Greenwood

Jessica Greenwood
graduated Summer 2016

Consultant, Digital Health Education and Marketing

"As a clinician and medical educator, the Digital Health Communication Certificate Program at Tufts University offered me the chance to transition my clinical knowledge to the digital arena and expand my understanding of the mobile health industry.  The world of digital technology has permeated health care, and this program fully prepares graduates to understand, evaluate, and create in this space. The online structure of the program offered the desired flexibility for me to continue working full-time, and the ancillary support from faculty in both mentoring and career development has been vital as I work towards the next iteration in my career journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the breadth of background represented by my fellow students and appreciated the unique perspectives shared in classes that included both strong didactic methods and rich dialogue.  I feel strongly that investing in this program has been one of the most creative and successful endeavors of my career development path, and I firmly believe that the skills I take away from the program will be invaluable in my ability to stay relevant as a health care provider and consultant."

Sara Beatrize Harrell

Sara Harrell
graduated Summer 2016

Media and Campaign Coordinator, Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center- Prevention and Training Branch

"In my career switch to Public Health, it was clear that I needed to broaden my marketing communication knowledge and skills to align with the new, ever-evolving demands of the healthcare field. As a health educator, it is important that I am familiar with the different channels available to reach diverse groups of audiences. With the Digital Health Communication Certification, I come out with a renewed sense of compassion and empathy for the community I serve. Applying concepts of plain language and health literacy on traditional and social media materials and mobile health applications has allowed me to create relevant and useful tools. More importantly, this course opened my eyes to who truly must be prioritized in health education materials, and that is the community itself. Much of this came from the experience of working alongside respectable professionals in the field as professors and fellow students at Tufts University. I am excited for what more I can discover as I continue to embark in this journey with my new-found skills in digital health communication. Because of my experience in the program, I chose to move to Boston and am starting the Health Communication Master's program."

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson
graduated Summer 2016

Copy Supervisor, Cambridge Biomarketing

"The Tufts Certificate in Digital Health Communication has helped me focus in on public health needs and practices, evidence-based research and design, the latest approaches to mobile health and social media, and so much more. An incredible array of guest speakers made classes rich and provided our small body of students with direct access to some of the top thinkers and doers in health-related media. I'm confident that the relationships I've built with both students and instructors will be long lasting and will benefit all of us for years to come."

Wil LaVeist

Wil LaVeist
graduated Summer 2016

Communications Consultant, LELLC

"Though I have worked in the digital space for several years, the Tufts Digital Health Communication Certificate program has refreshed my overall perspective. I wanted to learn specifically about health communication issues and solutions as part of my doctoral research. The lectures and group projects all led to practical and meaningful application to real life situations. This is critical to remaining current because of the dynamic nature of the Web. It was great to engage and learn from my fellow classmates who themselves brought to the table a wealth of knowledge and experiences."

Carly Anderson

Carly A. Ingersoll
graduated December 2015

Senior Advisor, Population Health Programs at NRECA

"The Tufts Digital Health Communication Certificate program was a great experience for me as a remote student taking classes from Washington, DC. It allows students from different sectors of the health and communications fields to collaborate on a number of projects and learn from each other's varying perspectives. The interactive online class format is engaging and enables remote learning, while still being part of the Tufts community. Group and individual projects help students learn current health communication skills, and guest speakers provide insight from different professionals in the field. The in-person seminar case study showed the potential applications for all the skills we had learned in our online classes!

The Certificate gave me the opportunity to both enhance my current role as a Clinical Product Advisor for a health plan, and build skills that will serve me well in my career in the future."

Ali Brackett

Ali Brackett
graduated December 2015

Digital Public Health Research Analyst, IQ Solutions

"I am continually impressed by the unique curriculum and opportunities that the Tuft's Digital Health Communication Certificate program offers. From the interactive classroom setting, to the network opportunities, to the guest speakers from around the nation, this program is truly one-of-a-kind. The students also come from an array of professional and academic backgrounds, making class time discussions and group work extremely fascinating.

As a resident of Arlington, VA, it is also remarkable that I can attend class remotely, yet still feel like I am a part of the Tufts community. I never imagined being able to attend a program that still allowed me to work fulltime and reside states away. I would recommend this program to anyone, no matter where they may be located, looking to further their knowledge in the field of digital health communication."

Emily Klein

Emily Klein
graduated Summer 2015

Program Associate, Simons Foundation

"I knew I wanted to study health communication while continuing to work full time in New York. The Tufts University School of Medicine Certificate in Digital Health Communication program appealed to me because of its highly focused, relevant curriculum. The program has provided me with community, networking opportunities and skills that I can immediately apply to my work. I loved spending a week in Boston for the summer Digital Strategies course, and have seen many familiar faces in my online courses. As a Certificate student, I'm taking classes with students from the MPH, MS, and Nutrition programs. The diversity of everyone's experiences and interests really complements the coursework.

Even though I'm based in New York, I truly feel like a part of the Tufts community. The faculty is experienced, approachable and insightful. The program has taught me to think critically about how to present health information. I now have a portfolio of writing samples, ranging from fact sheets to feature-length articles, and the health literacy skills to communicate with different audiences. I recently developed a community newsletter for the Cancer Institute where I work, using the plain language and design principles I learned in class."

Karen

Karen McIntosh
graduated Summer 2015

"My interest in health education and digital communication is how the effective use of information stimulates people to use and sustain healthy habits and drop unhealthy ones. From Digital Strategies for Health Communications, my first course, I knew I was in for an amazing learning experience. ABC Health, our case study and a leader in social networking, provided superb on-site support and information. Along with learning new skills that we practiced in class, our strategy teams developed recommendations that ABC Health immediately brought back to review with their division heads.

The classes I completed all encourage advanced creative thinking through purposeful use of social media, its technologies, health literacy, primary research, and analytical methods. In a healthcare environment continually growing and transforming through technology and social media, many of its clients may not always be able to keep up. Professionals who can bridge the gap between healthcare organizations and its audiences to create easily understandable options and increase understanding serve a critical industry need."

Sandra Rosenbluth

Sandra Rosenbluth
graduated Summer 2015

Program Coordinator and Communications Specialist, RecycleHealth

"One of the problems people face when trying to learn about health is this: there are many good communicators out there spreading bad science.  Unfounded information can be presented in such a way that people don't question its truthfulness.  Fortunately, all is not lost, as the good science exists and is just waiting for some good communicators to spread it.  Enter the Digital Health Communication certificate program.  Armed with my certificate, as well as a Masters in Nutrition Communication from The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts, I am ready and able to share some good science with the world, in the ways people most want to receive it.  From traditional means like writing articles and patient handouts, to modern approaches like social media and smart devices, I aim to apply my learning to spreading the good nutrition word.  My hope is to utilize my skills in a career that celebrates creativity, robust science, and digital media messaging."

Charlotte Rowe

Charlotte Rowe
graduated Summer 2015

Marketing Manager, Digital and Social Media Content, Oliver Wyman

 

"The Tufts University School of Medicine's certificate program in Digital Health Communication fits right into my current professional goals as a senior marketing coordinator for the health practice of a NY-based consulting firm. We are a young and growing practice within the firm and it has been an exciting time to be implementing new approaches and ideas. The coursework in the Digital Health Communication program has given me new ideas that I have been able to experiment with almost immediately at work. With the confidence and insights gained from the course, for example, I have been able to experiment with different social media channels much faster.

The program has also unexpectedly given me much needed opportunities to reflect on my work and has reminded me of my love of feature writing and reporting. I had hoped that the program would confirm for me that the healthcare field is where I want to focus my professional energy and it has definitely done this, and in fact opened me up to a broader view of healthcare media. I have further enjoyed pursuing my personal interest in pediatric and young adult healthcare communications through a number of special projects. All in all, though it has been a challenge logistically to balance the course with a full-time job and a busy family life, I have felt that the instructors and other students have added a very positive perspective to my work and outlook."