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Researchers. Writers. Educators. Advocates. The Tufts Alumni community is a talented, diverse group of professionals working in a wide range of jobs and industries, united by a passion for improving the health and lives of fellow global citizens. Join our community, and you gain access to continuing education programs, networking events, and mentorship from other members of the Tufts family. As an alumnus, you’ll find an active alumni board, support and resources that help you grow your career, and you’ll become part of a powerful network that’s making a difference.
Services for Alumni
Registrar, Grades, and Transcripts
The Registrar can manage all of your transcript needs. Read how to expedite your transcript requests.
Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs’ Office of Career Services mission is to support students and alumni in their goal for meaningful careers through education, coaching and building career connections. As alumni, you have lifetime access to career services and resources that include the following.
- Resume/cover letter critiques
- One-on-one coaching
- Mock interviews
- Alumni/employer connections
- Access to Career Connector (online career management tool)
Tufts Community Online
Tufts University Alumni Association offers all alumni a suite of free internet services designed to help foster connections among old friends and new ones as well as between alumni and Tufts. Register for access to the Online Community.
- @alumni.tufts.edu email
- Alumni Directory
- Library Databases (same as when you were a student)
- Tufts Libraries
- Tufts Athletic Facilities
Loan Repayment Assistance Program
Alumni from all schools who work for a nonprofit organization may apply for help repaying a portion of their annual education loan bills. Believed to be the first university-wide program of this kind in the country, the purpose of Tufts LRAP is to encourage and enable Tufts graduates to pursue careers in public service and meeting an unmet need by reducing the extent to which their educational debt is a barrier to working in comparatively low-salaried jobs in the non-profit and public sectors.
Discounted PHPD Courses
Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Alumni are eligible to take one PHPD course a year, a maximum of 3 overall, for 25% of the tuition rate of the course. Alumni are welcome to take more than one course per year, but only one at the discounted rate.
Alumni Association President's Message
I am honored to lead and serve my fellow Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Alumni! Our community is small but our impact is tremendous, and that is what I love about us. We are public health practitioners, epidemiologists, health communication specialist, physician assistants, lawyers, doctors, educators, and social engineers! I honestly do not think there is anything we cannot do, together.
The good thing is we are not alone. We have the ongoing support of the Tufts administration, faculty, staff, current students, and, most importantly, each other. However, engagement with each other is essential to our individual professional growth and our collective global impact. Therefore, to support you throughout your professional journey, the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Alumni Association is excited to offer opportunities for continued professional and educational growth, including continuing education, networking, and mentorship. From sponsoring lectures and hosting networking events to facilitating synergies between students and alumni, the Association is here to foster a rich alumni experience for you and to provide a framework for growth.
We also wish to have your support. We welcome your involvement, along with input and feedback on activities and programming that you would like to see from the Association. Please connect with us through Facebook and LinkedIn, and be sure to link with your program representative or any Board officer. Also, join the Tufts Online Community to stay connected to the larger Tufts community via opportunities to network, attend events, and access to library resources.
The success of the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs and the alumni community rests with us. Again, I am honored to serve as your President, and I look forward to partnering with you to shape the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs future, strengthen our alumni network, and change the world for the better.
Derrick Young Jr., M.P.H. 2017
Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Alumni Association Board
Alumni Association Board Officers
President – Derrick Young, Jr., MPH '017
Derrick is a scholar who is a champion for social justice, health equity, and education. Derrick recently helped draft and develop the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research’s Anti-Racism Policy and Toolkit which is accessible to medical schools nationwide. He completed work for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Intern, where he was stationed at the University of Michigan to organize programming to reduce infectious and chronic disease rates. He was then tasked with educating the country’s southern region on pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis while addressing stigma as a U.S. National Minority AIDS Council member. Derrick earned his MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine where he was an American Legacy Foundation Fellow and the Jack Geiger Public Health Advocacy Award Receipt. He earned his BA from Grambling State University. He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Leadership Brainery, a non-profit organization that serves as a pipeline program for first-generation and diverse college student leaders to gain access to leading graduate/professional academic programs and the legal profession. Derrick is also the Membership Chair of Harvard University Center for AIDS Community Advisory Board.
MPH Program Representative – Julie Myers, JD/MPH '13
After graduating from Tufts Julie worked for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General as a Policy Analyst where she contributed to the annual Examination of Health Care Cost Trends and Cost Drivers Report. Julie also helped to establish the Office's mental health parity initiative to ensure that health insurers cover mental health conditions to the same extent that they cover medical conditions. She now works for Minuteman Health as an Associate General Counsel, focusing on implementation and compliance with state law and federal law under the Affordable Care Act. Julie reviews and analyzes legislative and regulatory proposals, develops policy positions, prepares written materials and oral testimony that support these positions, and implements advocacy strategies to achieve goals. Julie is committed to providing consumers access to affordable, quality health insurance and hopes to defend both the state and federal healthcare reform achievements made over the last year ten years.
MPH Program Representative – Stacie Dunkle, DVM/MPH '07
Stacie is a 2007 graduate of the DVM/MPH program with a passion for public health and infectious disease epidemiology. After graduating, Stacie worked for 3 years with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Jakarta, Indonesia where she focused on preventing the spread of avian influenza H5N1 in commercial and backyard poultry and preventing human exposure in live bird markets. In 2009, she consulted for the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya and in 2010 joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the CDC. Assigned to the Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, she examined tuberculosis screening in immigrants and refugees, Vitamin B12 deficiency in Bhutanese refugees, and participated in numerous outbreak responses. In 2012, she joined the Global Immunization Division where she worked on polio eradication and strengthening routine immunization services in various countries, including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Jordan, and Kyrgyzstan. In 2016, she left CDC for her current position as an Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Veterinary Medical Officer with the USDA in Boston. Her current responsibilities include working with Customs and Border Protection to regulate animal product importations at ports of entry in New England to prevent outbreaks of foreign animal disease. Dr. Dunkle lives in Groton, MA with her husband and 3 children.
MBS Program Representative – Jane-Hwei Lee, MBS '15
Prior to graduating with a MS in Biomedical Sciences from Tufts in 2015, Jane received her BS Biology and BA Psychology degrees from Indiana University. She then joined the laboratory of Patrick Wilson at the Knapp Center for Lupus and Immunology Research at the University of Chicago as a research assistant. There her work expressing human monoclonal antibodies to the flu and in specific to the H1N1 flu outbreak of 2009 helped elucidate the B cell repertoire and contributed to publications in Nature Medicine, Science Translation Medicine, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While enrolled at Tufts, Jane served a term as a representative in the PHPD Student Senate as well as the Sackler Library Advisory Committee. Jane currently serves as a Research Coordinator at the TUSDM Facial Animation Laboratory which utilizes 3D motion capture technology and high-resolution cameras to track the recovery of patients diagnosed with Bells' Palsy, a disease that often causes unilateral facial paralysis. Her interests also include volunteering, cooking, baking, and design thinking.
MBS Program Representative – Diana Punko, MBS '11
Diana is currently a third year resident at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency Training Program in Psychiatry in NYC. Following graduation from Dartmouth College with a BA in Psychology, she began the Tufts MBS program in the fall of 2009. After one year of course work, Dr. Punko stayed on to complete a lab-based thesis in the field of neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Grace Gill and graduated in the winter of 2011. Before starting at New York Medical College in Fall 2012, Dr. Punko worked as a research assistant in Dr. Alan Charest’s lab at Tuft’s Molecular Oncology Research Institute studying treatments for glioblastoma. Diana plans to pursue a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the completion of her residency program in Spring 2020. Special areas of interest include women's mental health/reproductive psychiatry, psycho-oncology, and palliative psychiatry.
MD/MBA Program Representative – Qi Li, MD/MBA '00
Qi is a successful healthcare innovator with extensive experience in product inception, research, and global business development. He is a board member of Hacking Medicine Institute at MIT as well as the Director of Product Innovation at InterSystems in charge of the global clinical product innovation. He’s held various product leadership roles at Harris Healthcare, Partners Healthcare, and several startup companies in healthcare IT. Previously, as the key person driving the Harris Healthcare global product strategy and sales effort, Dr. Li led the product positioning and market entry efforts in UK and China. At Partners HealthCare in Boston, he led the internal development of the Longitudinal Medical Record adopted by 7,000-plus physician users at all primary care and specialty clinics. Additionally, he has consulted for Partners Medical International, taught in the China Initiative at Harvard School of Public Health and advises startups and innovation centers globally. Qi earned his combined MD/MBA degrees from TUSM in 2000 and a bachelor's degree from University of Southern Maine as well as attended Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1991.
MS-HCOM Program Representative - Erica Hersh, MS-HCOM '14
Erica is a 2014 graduate of the MS-Health Communications program. She currently works as a Senior Staff Writer in the Communications Department at Boston Medical Center and as a freelance health writer, primarily in patient education and executive education for public health professionals. Erica is originally from New Jersey and received a BA in English and Philosophy of Biology from Vassar College.
MS-PREP Program Representative – Baraa Tayeb, MS-PREP '17
PA Program Representative – Dana Goldnese, PA '17
Dana is a member of the 2017 class, and as a recent graduate, is thrilled to be starting her career at Tufts Medical Center. Being in Boston also affords her the opportunity to remain involved in the program and to help shape the PHPD community as it continues to grow. As a member of the Board, she's looking forward to helping develop stronger communication and networking avenues for graduates to facilitate those referrals. Additionally, she hopes that a renewed focus on networking would draw more alumni and be beneficial for all graduates and students attending future events.
PA Program Representative – Haili Dunbar, PA '17
Haili is a board certified Physician Assistant and PA Clinical Program Coordinator at Tufts Medical Center-Quincy, specializing in internal medicine. She completed her bachelors degree at New York University and post-baccalaureate degree at Harvard University. She received her master degree in medical science at Tufts University School of Medicine. Haili has authored publications in melanoma research, as dermatology is a special interest of hers. She is also an active member of the Tufts Super User Team who gathers monthly to improve the use of the electronic medical record.