Muskie School of Public Service

Judith Tupper

Practice Faculty of Public Health; Director, Population Health and Health Policy Program, Cutler Institute
Judy Tupper

Office Location

403 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus


(207) 228-8407

Academic Degrees

  • A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO, Doctorate in Health Education
  • University of Maine, Master of Science, Human Development
  • University of Maine, Bachelor of Science, Health and Family Life Education


As the Director of the Population Health and Health Policy Program of the Cutler Institute, Dr. Tupper has leadership and management responsibilities within the program area and the Integrated Management Team of the Cutler Institute.  Judy coordinates the Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.  She currently teaches quality improvement, patient safety, and health literacy courses in the Graduate Program in Public Health, quality improvement for the nursing administration degree program, and health communication in the undergraduate public health program. 

Credentialed as both a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety, Dr. Tupper initiated the annual Maine Patient Safety Academy.  She leads applied research and demonstration projects for the Cutler Institute.  Her research portfolio has included projects in public health, patient education, patient safety, healthcare workforce education, health literacy, quality improvement, medication management, infection prevention and control, and chronic illness and disability.  Committed to life-long learning, Judy takes a particular interest in adult learning, online pedagogy and workforce training.  She works to advance the availability and quality of distance education modalities, and opportunities for inter-professional education and training.  

Judy Tupper serves as a Board member for the Maine Public Health Association.   Recently, she developed key academic and professional collaborations with colleagues in the North Atlantic.  In her spare time, she enjoys time spent with her family, exploring historical sites, collecting bits of nature, and walking any beach on any coastline.

Recent Publications

See here for a list of Dr. Tupper's recent publications.