Graduates

Tariana Little

Tariana V. Little
graduated Spring 2017

"The Certificate in Digital Health Communication has been an opportunity to merge my analytical skills with digital technologies for public health impact. Specifically, I leveraged the skills from the Mobile Health Design course to lead winning teams in two health innovation competitions: Tufts Institute for Innovation's Human Health Hack ("Foofii", food insecurity app, 2016) and MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack ("centered", epilepsy support app, 2017). Moreover, I am most proud of applying my certificate training in the American Journal of Public Health’s inaugural Student Media Think Tank (2015-16) to help rebrand its print and digital presence for younger audiences. Driven by science, storytelling, and social justice, my work strives to embody what I call "intentional creativity for social change."

Jessica Holland

Jenny Holland
graduated Winter 2016

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

"As a research coordinator at a children’s hospital, I had the opportunity to manage a website for children and families coping with chronic illness. In looking for related professional development courses, the Certificate in Digital Health Communication immediately stood out as the most interesting, cost-effective, and time-efficient way to develop my knowledge of health communication and enhance my digital communication skills. The program provided me the skills to build a new website and produce videos that have been seen by thousands on social media. It also gave me the confidence to work more closely with the hospital’s marketing team and to apply for and obtain funding for projects that are grounded in health communication evidence-based practices and health literacy principles. As I begin my next chapter in medical school, I know that the things I learned through the program will help me be a more knowledgable, effective, and empathic healthcare provider to diverse communities and individuals."

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 both the strong didactic methods and rich dialogue, so much so that I'm returning this summer to TA both Mobile Health Design and Digital Strategies in Health Communication! 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

"I came into the certificate program to enhance and align my marketing communication skills with the new, ever-evolving demands of the healthcare field. Completing the Digital Health Communication Certificate last summer renewed my compassion and empathy for the community I serve. I learned to apply plain language and health literacy concepts on traditional and social media materials, which allowed me to create relevant and useful tools for people whose needs are disenfranchised. I am grateful to be able to work alongside leaders in the field, as professors and fellow students at Tufts University. I am excited for what more I can learn as I move forward in my career in digital health communication, now as a MS-Health Communication candidate at Tufts University and a teaching assistant for the Health Literacy Leadership Institute."

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."