Dr. Rachel Cox is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Cox teaches in the Prelicensure Program. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Cox has experience in primary care where her work focused on adult patients of low-socioeconomic status. She has also cared for the complex health needs of a vulnerable population of patients with substance use disorder at an intensive outpatient residential program.

In addition to patient care, she served as the Clinical Director and Chief of the Pandemic Preparedness Committee at the clinic, and her work in this role focused on policy development, education, and clinical quality improvement. 

Dr. Cox has a passion for clinical instruction and recognizes that nursing education is a crucial component of nursing leadership. She earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in May 2020, and her doctoral work focused on contraception education. She is currently enrolled in the MGH IHP Health Professions Education MS/PhD program, and her work focuses on infectious disease education. 

Her research interests include infectious disease, epidemiology, women’s health, and substance abuse.

  • BS, Biology, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • MSN, Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 
  • DNP, Nursing, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

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