Cutler Institute

Judith Tupper

Director, Population Health and Health Policy Program
Judy Tupper

Office Location

403 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Judy's career in healthcare and public health services has spanned many settings including primary care, home health, physician practice management, public health and higher education.  She has a particular interest in curriculum design and development for distance education and online courses.  Judy considers herself a life-long learner and likes to encourage staff and students to continue their professional and academic development.  She often reminds people that she was the oldest student in her doctoral program!

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Tupper's past and current research portfolio includes projects on patient safety, rural healthcare, medication  management, patient education, healthcare provider education, health literacy, quality improvement, e-learning, healthcare and public health workforce training, and chronic illness and disability. As a member of the MPH faculty at the Muskie School, she coordinates the Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Quality and Safety, and teaches courses in patient safety, quality improvement, health literacy, and health communications. Judy also serves as Field Placement Coordinator for the MPH program. She leads the annual Patient Safety Academy at USM, now entering its 10th year.


 Please review Judy Tupper's publications on Digital Commons.

  • Doctor of Health Education (DHEd), A.T. Still University
  • Master of Science in Human Development (MS), University of Maine
  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Family Life Education (BS), University of Maine
  • Professional Certifications:
    CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist)
    CPPS (Certified Professional in Patient Safety)

Recent Publications

Tupper JB, Pearson KB, Meinersmann KM, Dvorak J. Little Shop of Errors: An Innovative Simulation Patient Safety Workshop for Community Health Care Professionals. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2013;44(6):274-277.

Klingner J, Moscovice I, Tupper J, Coburn A, Wakefield M.  Implementing Patient Safety Initiatives in Rural Hospitals. J Rural Health. 2009; 25(4):352-357.

Tupper J, Coburn A, Loux S, et al. Strategies for improving patient safety in small rural hospitals. In: Henriksen K, Battles JB, Keyes MA, et al., Editors. Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches. Vol. 2. Culture and Redesign. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2008:303-313.

Tupper, J. B., Gray, C. E., Pearson, K. B., & Coburn, A. F. (2015). Safety of rural nursing home-to-emergency department transfers: Improving communication and patient information sharing across settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. doi: 10.1097/01.JHQ.0000460120.68190.15 PMID:26042377

Please review Judy Tupper's publications on Digital Commons.

Professional Activity

She serves as a member of the USM Economic Development Committee and the USM Research Advisory Council.

Dr. Tupper developed the Samstarf and Samarbeid projects, collaborations between USM and Iceland, Norway, and Scotland universities and public health and healthcare agencies.  She also designed  the Muskie Public Health Education Corps which placed 15 MPH grad students in professional roles as health educators within Maine CDC.

Judy is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Maine Public Health Association and the City of Portland Minority Health Program Stakeholders Group.