Alissa Resnick, athenahealth

Alissa Resnick

“Employers want to know that you can take a problem and come to a solution…. A project like the ALE is a great way to gain those skills and then show someone else that you have them.”

Senior Client Solutions Associate, Population Health
BA/MPH combined degree program, 2014
MPH concentration, global health

Tell us about your current job:
I work as a Senior Client Solutions Associate on our Population Health team. As healthcare moves more and more towards value based care (vs. fee for service), health care organizations need a way of seeing their patient population as a whole, across the continuum of care. My team helps clients aggregate data across payers and health information platforms so that organizations can make smart and informed decisions for their patients and organization; specifically, I work with our clients to help them understand how to use the tools we provide them. athenahealth is an exciting and fun place to work, and no matter what you're doing, you know you're at the forefront of a new and innovative field.

What inspired you to pursue an MPH in your area of specialization?
I specialized in Global Health, so I definitely changed my path after graduating from Tufts. That being said, I love the work that I've done in global health, and I also love the new field I'm in, so I think my experience shows how versatile an MPH from Tufts can be.

What drew you to the Tufts’ Program?
I went to undergrad at Tufts, so took part in the BA/MPH program starting my masters degree in undergrad. If you know that you want to do public health in undergrad, that program is an amazing opportunity to efficiently work through your degree at a great university.

How did your Tufts degree help prepare you to work in the field?
My Applied Learning Experience (ALE) was a big highlight of my program. I designed, implemented, and analyzed my own study in rural Haiti. It taught me about managing a project from A-Z in a new and challenging environment, and for potential employers, it was great to show them that range of experience. Employers want to know that you can take a problem and come to a solution, engaging the right stakeholders along the way, analyzing data, and coming to solid and evidence-based conclusions. A project like the ALE is a great way to gain those skills and then show someone else that you have them.

What advice do you have for prospective students?
Take some elective classes that push you outside of what you already know or are good at. In my opinion, grad school is for building up your knowledge and skill gaps, not just confirming what you know you already like. No matter what field of public health you go into, knowing how to use excel really well is a valuable thing for employers, so if you aren't great at data analysis, push yourself towards those classes. If writing isn't your strong suit, take a class that will improve your skills there. You already get to concentrate in what you love most, so use your free electives to round out your skill set.