Sonja Tutsch named SHPEP program manager

by Tom O'Connor, UNMC public relations | December 03, 2018

Image with caption: Sonja Tutsch

Sonja Tutsch

Sonja Tutsch, a native of Stuttgart, Germany, has been named program manager for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at UNMC. She succeeds LaKaija Johnson, who headed SHPEP the past two years and is now a full-time student seeking her Ph.D. in the UNMC College of Public Health.

Tutsch has worked in the Rural Health Education Network in the College of Public Health for the past 11 years. Her duties have included accounting support, educational outreach, supporting research activities, growing diversity and managing student educational pipeline programs.

Tutsch also is principal investigator of a Rural Futures Teaching and Engagement Award. The collaborative and interdisciplinary mental health forum series is in its last round of implementation at Wayne State College, with plans for traveling to Peru State College next spring.

A first generation American and first in her family to go to college, Tutsch earned her master's degree in public health from UNMC in 2012 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in health promotion disease prevention. Her research interests focus around resilience and promotion of mental health and well-being among socioeconomically disadvantaged youth.

With 90 students in its program, UNMC has the largest enrollment among the 12 SHPEP sites nationally, Tutsch said. Other universities serving as SHPEP sites include Columbia, UCLA, Florida, Iowa and Washington.


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Mariam Taiwo
December 07, 2018 at 12:48 PM

Congratulations Sonja!

Kay Grant
December 06, 2018 at 8:06 AM

Congratulations, Sonja! We are very lucky to have your expertise, professionalism, and passion for leading the next generation of healthcare professionals!

Alicia Schiller
December 03, 2018 at 7:40 PM

Congrats, Sonja!!! Can't wait to see all the great things you do with this!

Gail Brondum
December 03, 2018 at 3:26 PM

Congratulations, Sonja! I will miss seeing your smile on the 2nd floor each day!

Patty Ostronic
December 03, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Congratulations, Sonja!

Elizabeth Fiala
December 03, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Congratulations, Sonja!!

Kara Foster
December 03, 2018 at 9:18 AM

Congrats, Sonja!

Rebecca Rae Anderson
December 03, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Congratulations to a capable, energetic leader.