PHPD Alumni

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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.

  • Registrar, Grades, and Transcripts

    The Registrar can manage all of your transcript needs. Read how to expedite your transcript requests.

    Career Services

    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.

    Visit the Career Services Office Page

    • Resume/cover letter critiques
    • One-on-one coaching
    • Mock interviews
    • Alumni/employer connections
    • Access to Handshake, a leading online student/employer community.

    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 Networking Group on LinkedIn

    PHPD Alumni LinkedIn Group

    Access to Campus Facilities

    • 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.

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    Greetings to the Tufts PHPD Alumni Community,

    As I write this, it’s hard to imagine that we are still living in a world with a pandemic that refuses to end. All of all of us are trying to find ways to return to “normal,” whatever that means. We are balancing the need to stay safe, and protect those most vulnerable, yet still do our jobs, live our lives, and find ways to connect. Despite the challenges that navigating this environment entails, one of the more positive aspects of living in a semi-post pandemic world, is that many of us have been able to engage with alumni, faculty, and others from our alma maters. Given that I live in New York, I’ve been invigorated by the ability to leverage virtual platforms to participate in many more alumni functions, as most alumni functions for any program are usually located within that institution’s home city. For Tufts, this means the wonderful city of Boston and its suburbs.  

    What I have learned is that once we all leave Boston as graduates of our programs, we scatter far and wide across the country and the globe. As alumni, I believe it is our duty to give back to the schools and programs that gave us so many opportunities. For some of us, that may mean hosting students for internships, for others it may be by mentoring or teaching, or even serving on an alumni board! For some, it is simply making sure that our contact information is up to date. We can use information from our alumni to ensure that they stay connected and can draw on that network when needed. It also allows us to get a better sense of what our alumni go on to do post-graduation, which can help us tailor programs for the next generation of PHPD students, the same students that will help us continue to fight future public health crises and more. It’s vital that we connect with our current PHPD students early on in their programs, to give them the most opportunities to network with alumni and explore the diverse opportunities available in the field of public health and health sciences.

    I’d like to continue what Imtiyaz Hossain started last year, by connecting our alumni, students, faculty, and administration, and leveraging the expertise of our alumni, wherever they are located. We have an exceptionally talented Alumni Board of Directors who will strive to provide meaningful networking and educational experiences for our alumni and find ways to link them with current PHPD students. 

    Please connect with us through FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn, or your program representative and make sure to join the Tufts Online Community to stay informed about opportunities to network, attend events, and access our resources. We encourage feedback to ensure that we are meeting the needs of alumni to maintain a robust association and support our programs.

    I’m honored to serve as your President and look forward to working with all of you to continue to engage our current students and strengthen our interconnected network of alumni centered in Boston but reaching well beyond. 

    Sincerely,

    Allison Roditi, FACHE, MPH '02
    President
    Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Alumni Association Board

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    Allison Roditi, MPH '02, FACHE
    President

    Allison is a graduate of the Tufts MPH program and holds a Masters in Philosophy from NYU’s Graduate School of Public Service.  She is currently Chief Administrator for the Sports Medicine Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery. Prior to this, she was Senior Director for Sports Medicine at HSS.  Prior to HSS, she was Service Line Administrator for South Nassau Hospital's Surgery & OB/GYN as well as adjunct professor at New York University. Allison has served as President, President Elect, Vice President and Board Member at Large, Long Island for Healthcare Leaders of NY, the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been a member of HLNY and ACHE since 2006. She is a FACHE and board certified in healthcare management. In her spare time, Allison serves as Corresponding Secretary for the Executive Board of Port Jewish Center in Port Washington, NY. She is a runner, cyclist, softball player, and enjoys tennis, golf, and paddle boarding.  Allison has two sons, Connor and Ryan, two dogs, two cats, and two rabbits. 

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    Celina Rogers, JD/MPH '18
    MPH Program Representative

    Celina graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2018 after completing a JD/MPH dual degree program through Northeastern University School of Law.

    Currently, she practices law as a litigation associate in New York City where she primarily works on medical malpractice defense and healthcare law cases. She is excited for the opportunity to be an active alumni leader and help TUSM continue to grow and excel! 

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    Jessica Surgenor, PA/MPH '20
    PA Program Board Representative

    Jessica is a Massachusetts native, lover of the outdoors, and a Triple Jumbo. She graduated from Tufts undergrad in 2015 with BS in Biology, and after working for a few years in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, she attended the Tufts PA/MPH Program and graduated this winter. She recently started work as a PA in a Walk-In Clinic in CT. Her hope is to provide excellent clinical care as a Physician Assistant, but also impact healthcare on a broader scale. Through Tufts, she has made strong friendships, worked with incredible minds, and been taught and advised by intelligent and caring mentors. The community at Tufts has been an important part of her life for the better part of almost a decade, and she is excited about the opportunity to remain engaged in and give back to the Tufts PHPD community!

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    Deeana Ijaz, MS/MPH '16
    MPH Program Representative

    Deeana Ijaz is a third-year doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University studying the impact of breastfeeding and food insecurity on early childhood brain development. She is also a Tisch Scholar at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food Policy & Education and served as a lead researcher for the two-year evaluation of New York City's Department of Education funded Return to Scratch Cooking pilot in the Bronx. She also serves as a research assistant at the Neurocognition and Early Experience Development Lab. Deeana is the CEO and founder of Silicon Valley's leading admissions consulting firm, Ivy Admissions and founder of the Gift of Health program under the international non-profit, Humanity First. She has also overseen six medical mission trips to Guatemala. Deeana graduated with a dual master's in 2016 from the Friedman School and Tufts University School of Medicine in Food Policy and Health Policy. Deeana graduated with a BS in Biology and South Asian Studies in 2012 from the University of Michigan.

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    Alia Bucciarelli, MS-HCOM '05
    MS-HCOM Program Representative

    Alia Bucciarelli is a health communications leader with more than 15 years of experience in the field. She leads the Communication Excellence team at Biogen, which develops innovative communication assets to improve the reach and usability of scientific information, including podcasts, videos, and interactive educational tools. Before joining Biogen, Alia was an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine where she developed and taught health communication classes with an emphasis on plain language writing and writing for lay audiences. She also was a freelance writer and plain language consultant for healthcare-related organizations. Ms. Bucciarelli is a skilled communicator and expert in health communication who is often recruited to give talks and provide training workshops on health communication principles. Ms. Bucciarelli earned her Bachelors of Arts at the University of Arizona and Master of Health Communication at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

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    Ali Sasani, MBS '20
    MBS Program Representative

    Ali is a Southern California native who moved to Boston in 2018 to obtain his Masters in Biomedical Sciences. He is now a second-year medical student at the Tufts University School of Medicine and is passionate about mentorship, specifically mentoring students who are first generation or underrepresented in medicine. He also maintains an interest in academic research, focusing on machine learning based clinical decision support tools. In his free time, Ali enjoys rock climbing, running, and cooking. Ali looks forward to serving on the PHPD Alumni Board and hopes to strengthen MBS alumni relationships, both locally and nationally. 
     

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    Rohan Shah, MBS '20
    MBS Program Representative

    Rohan graduated from Tufts MBS program in 2020. He is currently a Management Consultant at Deloitte LLP and work within their Cloud Engineering practice focused on Application Modernization and Migration. Attending Tufts MBS program gave him a unique perspective on the integration between administrative healthcare and medicine and he hopes to help further bridge these fields by serving our Alumni Board as their MBS representative! 

     

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    Dorosella Green, MS-PREP '15
    MS-PREP Program Representative

    Dora completed her BS in Biology at Pine Manor College and her MS in Pain, Research, Education, and Policy at Tufts. At Takeda she is a part of many groups focused on DE&I, as well as Racial Equity, internally and externally for patients. Her role at Takeda is a manager in Rare Diseases, providing patient support for those living with Hereditary Angioedema. Throughout Dora's career, she has worked on multiple projects to provide a voice to patients that increases health literacy and access. Dora is the founder of BEYOND Patient Health Equity a nonprofit that is dedicated to continuing that same work as a purveyor of cultivating equitable patient experiences and optimal patient health outcomes for marginalized communities. Outside of work, Dora is an Explorer! Whenever she can, she goes on adventures to new places with her son, husband, and dog.

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    Irina Angel, MS-HIA '21, MD
    MS-HIA Program Representative

    Irina graduated from the Tufts with an MS in Health Informatics and Analytics. She received her MD in pediatrics at the Russian National Research Medical University and completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She works as a psychiatric consultant at Nightware and as a research psychiatrist at 4YouandMe, aiming to address behavioral health symptoms that might lead to suicide or other devastating outcomes among study participants. Irina was recognized for her commitment to patients and received a Press-Ganey Exemplary Performance | patient survey award at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in 2014.  Her clinical informatics studies at Tufts mark a major change in her career path, full of exciting opportunities to lead in raising standards in healthcare in America. She is thrilled to serve as an Alumni Board Member.

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