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Our students are engaged. Experienced. Passionate. They are changemakers committed to making a difference. Read their stories, and think about how you might make your mark as a graduate student in public health.

ANDREW KLEVOS
My job is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Quarantine and Border Health Service Branch (QBHSB) under the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ). Throughout the US there are 20 CDC quarantine stations that are located at ports-of-entry throughout the country.  I am currently serving as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for the Miami Quarantine Station that oversees the states of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. The mission of QBHSB is to protect global health security; so in my role I work to prevent the introduction of, and to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases that may arrive from foreign lands
Andrew Klevos
MPH
Xin Lu
I am currently working as an International Health Communication Specialist at the Environment and Health Group, Inc., a start-up company working to strengthen the development of gerontechnology, using the latest technology to translate scientific knowledge into innovative e-health tools for elderly populations and their health care providers. My current project involves e-interventions for Chinese Alzheimer's caregivers and is funded by an NIH grant. I have been helping to create a website for the Chinese-speaking population on Alzheimer's disease.
Xin Lu
MS-HCOM
Jess Geller
I am a PhD student in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. I am also a Research Assistant in my advisor's lab. Our research focuses on health disparities in the prevention, control, and treatment of cancer among minority populations by addressing psychological, cultural, and social factors. We conduct research in both community and medical settings.
Jess Geller
MS-HCOM
Brianna Lieberman
Currently, I serve as the Director of Regional Marketing for over twenty ambulatory surgical centers. My centers are focused on the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, such as colon cancer, esophageal cancer, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). My role as the marketing director is to stay on top of the evolving healthcare landscape of each market; to research and recommend new procedures in the gastrointestinal space; and to communicate condition and procedure awareness and treatment information to diverse populations.
Brianna Lieberman
MS-HCOM
Amy Behrens
I am currently working as a Senior Health Writer at a small company called CommunicateHealth in Northampton, MA. The company is a health education and communication firm specializing in improving health literacy through user-centered design, policy, research, and content development. I mostly write and design consumer health information for the web. It's been a great experience. I've gotten to work on projects including HealthyPeople.gov and healthfinder.gov. I am currently working on a new project with CDC, HUD, and EPA about healthy homes, which will be a website aimed at getting people to focus on how their home affects their health and how to catch problems early, when they are easier to address.
Amy Behrens
MS-HCOM
Ally Carlton-Smith
I currently work as editor of an online health magazine for high school students called Student Health 101. Our goal is to improve the health and wellness of students through engaging, evidence-based content. We cover a variety of topics, including physical activity, nutrition, mental health, sleep, substance use, and money management. The company had already hired another Tufts HCOM alumni as editor of their college edition. They were impressed with her skills, which opened the door for me.
Ally Carlton-Smith
MS-HCOM
Joelle Zaslow
I work at Massachusetts General Hospital as the Communication Specialist for its Research Institute. I develop and oversee the Research Institute's communication strategies and tactics. In addition to managing the Research Institute blog and social media channels, I translate complex scientific articles and interviews with researchers into engaging content that's accessible for a wide audience.
Joelle Zaslow
MS-HCOM
Dana Howe, '16, working with Program Director Sue Gallagher
When I was an undergraduate at Tufts, I studied abroad during the Fall semester of my junior year. When I got back, everything felt different – last time I’d been in classes I was a sophomore, and suddenly it was spring of my junior year. I felt like I needed to start thinking seriously about my goals and next steps for attaining them, so I started looking at the options available at Tufts through the Community Health program. I found the B/MS program online, actually.
Dana Howe
B/MS-HCOM
Char Kasprzak
I am the Statistical Data Analyst at Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP), a consumer-focused organization that turns health care data into meaningful information so people can learn about the quality of primary care in our state. As the senior data analyst at our small nonprofit firm, I do everything from data cleaning to working with collaborators to ensure that they understand our data when they use it, to doing statistical analyses and interpreting and writing about the findings.
Char Kasprzak
Masters in Public Health

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