Rachele Manning

Rachele Manning Health Communication graduate 2009

Rachele Manning, '09

Tell us about your current job.
I am currently a Product Manager at AllOne Health Resources. I am responsible for variety of tasks including marketing, product development and communications. In addition, I manage our monthly webinar program and am the program manager for our tobacco cessation service.

What did you study as an undergraduate?
I studied business administration as an undergraduate at the University of Washington.

How did you decide to get a degree in Health Communication?
While working in the healthcare industry at a local health insurance company, I started doing projects in its Prevention and Wellness Department and became intrigued by this work. I became fascinated with how complex behavior change is and wanted to learn more about it. I also wanted to focus my career a little bit more.

Why did you choose Tufts?
What primarily sold me was the fact that Tufts had a specific program in health communication. Additionally, Tufts has a great reputation. Finally, I didn't want to quit my job while I was in school, so the part-time aspect of the program was also an appeal.

Did you move to Boston to attend Tufts?
No.

How feasible was your approach to the program?
I was working full-time and was in the Tufts program part-time. I usually took two classes per semester. I was lucky that both of the employers I had while I was in school were flexible with my schedule and let me leave early for class. It was definitely stressful at times, but it's doable for those that need to work full-time while pursuing a degree.

What type of position did you take after graduation?
My current job at AllOne Health Resources, but now I work on communication initiatives and manage our tobacco cessation program.

How do you think your Tufts degree prepared you for working in the field?
My Tufts degree allowed me to experiment with a range of different projects. As the program manager for our tobacco cessation services, I have actively used the skills I learned at Tufts to re-launch our program materials to more effectively target tobacco users. Without the Tufts Health Communication degree, I wouldn't have been able to do the work I have done with the tobacco cessation program and the webinars. The Tufts degree allowed me to expand my role in that aspect. Before I was working more in product development so I like how my role has evolved.

The Tufts degree has provided me with an understanding of the complexity associated with behavior change and it gave me the tools to approach developing programs and marketing campaigns.

Is there any additional information that you would like to share with prospective students?
Enjoy the program! It goes by fast.

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