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About Community Health

Message from the Chair

Fall 2019

Lynne PepallI am simply delighted to have the opportunity to join the department of Community Health and take on this exciting leadership role. To me the department lies at the heart of Tufts University's core values, providing for our students a cutting-edge academic and research environment dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals, communities, and societies. The signature themes of Tufts University – health sciences, active citizenship, interdisciplinarity and a global perspective – define and distinguish a Tufts education, and each theme is woven into the programming in Community Health. It is no surprise that Community Health is one of the fastest growing departments in Arts and Sciences.

My academic home is in the discipline of Economics, which shares Community Health's commitment to social welfare and public policy. My area of expertise in Economics is Competition Policy and Strategy. In addition, I served for eight years as the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and recently completed a three-year term as a member and Chair of the AS&E Tenure and Promotion Committee. I also served as chair of the Economics department.

My past experiences at Tufts have given me considerable appreciation of the challenges facing faculty and students working across multiple disciplines as well as some insight into how such challenges may best be met. I am hopeful that this will help me as I take up the position of chair of Community Health. I am sure that I have a great deal to learn from all of you and I sincerely hope that I can look forward to getting to know you and to working with you on building the very best Community Health program.

My very best wishes to all of you for a brilliant autumn.

Lynne Pepall
Department Chair, Community Health
Professor of Economics