Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Judith Tupper

Director, Population Health and Health Policy Program

Office Location

403 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




A graduate of the University of Maine, Judy earned a BS in health education and a MS in human development. Her career in health services has spanned many settings including primary care, home health, physician practice management, public health and education. She joined the team at the Cutler Institute and Muskie School in 2001 and her work has led her to research and academic collaborations with groups across the U.S. and more recently with colleagues in Iceland. Committed to life-long learning, she was thrilled to complete her doctorate in health education in 2013 from A.T. Still University. Judy holds certification credentials in health education (CHES) and patient safety (CPPS).

Judy and her husband raised three sons in the beautiful state of Maine and are now proud grandparents of granddaughters. She enjoys spending time with her growing family, travel, and collecting treasures from the beach.

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, coordinates the Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Quality and Safety, and teaches courses in patient safety, quality improvement, and health literacy. Judy also serves as Field Placement Coordinator for the MPH program. She leads the annual Patient Safety Academy at USM, now entering its 8th year.


 Please review Judy Tupper's publications on Digital Commons.


B.S. Health Education
M.S. Human Development
Doctorate in Health Education (D.H.Ed.)

Professional Activity

Integrated Management Team, Cutler Institute
Economic Advisory Committee, University of Southern Maine
Research Advisory Committee, University of Southern Maine
Board of Directors, Maine Public Health Association