Professional Development

Professionals listening during workshop

The nature of public health practice demands continuous learning. Demands on public health professionals continue to grow while public health work has become more complex.

 Take advantage of our workshops to learn new skills, expand networks and share experiences with public health colleagues. Workshop offerings focus on skills considered critical for a strong public health workforce and are based on surveys of health department personnel, field preceptors, community organizations and alumni.

Limited seats guarantee interaction with the instructor and other attendees and interactive learning experiences. The online format makes it easy to fit the event into your schedule. We have set modest registration costs so that individuals across the public health organizational spectrum may participate.  

Registration for these workshops takes place through TouchNet. We welcome suggestions for other topics important to today’s public health work.

Certified Community Health Worker Training Program

We are also pleased to offer community health worker training to Tufts’ neighboring BIPOC community members through our COHERE (Community Health Workers Engaging in Integrated Care) program. COHERE was created with the goal of improving the racial, ethnic, and linguistic representation of the health care workforce in our neighborhoods. The program is approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Certification of Community Health Workers as a certified training program.  COHERE will train new community health workers, upskill current CHWs and offer an Emergency Medical Services apprenticeship program in partnership with the City of Boston’s Emergency Medical Services.

2022-2023 Workshops

  • October 26, 2022
    Instructor: Gina Abudi, MBA
    Costs: $85

    In this workshop, participants will learn about the best practices of managing team-based and complex projects.

    Learning objectives:

    • Four phases to managing projects
    • Developing key project components
    • Managing the team
    • Communication best practices
    • Managing changes to the project 
    • Risk planning
    • Getting decisions made and solving problems Cancellation policy: 

    Space is limited to 30 registrants.


  • November-December 2023
    Course Instructors: Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, MEdTufts University School of Medicine, Peter Chang, MD, MPH, National Yangming University College of Medicine/Taiwan; President, Asian Health Literacy Association, Kristine Sorensen, PhD, President, International Health Literacy Association.
    Cost: $85 ($35 special rate)

    • Module 1: Health Literacy Foundations for Study & Practice
    • Module 2: Advancing Health Literacy Through Teaching & Training
    • Module 3: Health Literacy Research & Program Evaluation
    • Module 4: Leadership & Emerging Health Literacy Interventions

    Participants complete individual work prior to 90-minute live session via Zoom. 

    See Syllabus for details on course objectives, faculty, schedule (dates and times), assignments and more.


  • January 19, 2023
    2-5pm EST via Zoom
    Course Director: Gina Abudi, MBA

    Most of us have experienced one or more of the following in our work lives: change in leadership,  reconfigured organizational charts, revised job descriptions, overhaul of operational policies, a work environment in flux. 

    This workshop will teach you how to prepare for and navigate through those times when you are expected to adapt to changes around you but have limited influence over those changes.  

    Gina Abudi, MBA, will lead this interactive workshop. Gina has 25+ years’ experience working with organizations of all sizes—from smaller businesses, non-profits, to large, global organizations – providing expertise around projects, processes and people. The session will cover:

    • The need for change
    • Dealing with uncertainty
    • Supporting change
    • Overcoming personal obstacles to change
    • Managing through the effects of change


  • April 2023
    Workshop Instructor: Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi,

    This workshop is for motivated individuals and teams looking to learn new skills, make lasting connections, and gain valuable tools that will help you create print and web materials patients and the public will be able to understand and use.

    Learn more about Plain Language for Health.