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    SPH has one of the largest research portfolios at Boston University. That means our graduate students learn firsthand from faculty researchers who bring their cutting-edge research into the classroom and teach emerging approaches to solving today’s public health challenges.

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    Beyond the School’s practice initiatives and community partnerships, hands-on experience is vital to career preparation and is an integral component of SPH’s curricula. As an MPH or DrPH student doing your practicum, you’ll apply your skills in the field working locally, nationally, or internationally.

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    Learn from inspiring public health researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders. At SPH, our programs span disciplines and our classrooms touch the world.

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Anyone can talk about global health problems. But with a graduate degree from Boston University School of Public Health, you can take your place at the forefront of those who help solve them. Launch or advance your career with a master’s, doctoral, or certificate program offered across our six academic departments: biostatistics, community health sciences, environmental health, epidemiology, global health, and health law, policy & management. You’ll work with acclaimed faculty whose research and practice are building a healthier world, here at home and worldwide.

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    Tell me about: Epidemiology
    • With rising concerns about emerging infections, environmental hazards, and global health disparities, the field of epidemiology has grown dramatically in scope and importance. Our graduates are now playing key roles in an unprecedented range of public health issues.

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      Diabetes affects 8.3% of the US population.
    • Poverty, disease, and inequity—the world needs new approaches to these three overriding health problems. Through education, research, service, and community work, you can help improve the health and well-being of underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries.

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      of deaths from malaria occur in just 14 countries

    • Contemporary life exposes us to a wide variety of environmental health risks every day. And in many parts of the world, public health necessities like safe water remain urgent problems. To tackle these issues, you’ll need multidisciplinary training in subjects from toxicology to health law.

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      Cost of asthma in the United States, including early deaths, and lost school and work days.

    • As a biostatistician in public health, you could play a critical role in almost any research with public health and policy implications, from breast cancer risk factors to the safety of a new drug. And your skills would be needed in every phase of the study, design through analysis.

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    • The advent of major health care reform has brought new urgency to complex questions facing our health care system. Today’s search for ways to make high-quality health care more available and affordable has heightened the demand for smart policy makers and managers.

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    • Complex health problems like “lifestyle diseases” and drug abuse can only be understood in the context of social and cultural factors. Learn how such problems can be addressed through communities, choosing your focus in maternal & child health or in social & behavioral sciences.

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      of new HIV infections in the US occur in youth ages 13 to 24 years

    • Complex health-related legal and ethical questions surround many of today’s urgent issues—including health care reform, biotechnology, regulatory challenges around patient safety and pharmaceutical trials, and disability law. Tackle pressing issues as a health law, bioethics & human rights expert working in public policy, advocacy, law, or scholarship—or in hospital administration, biomedical research, or regulatory affairs.

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      30% of poor Americans have been diagnosed with depression

      Student & Alumni Stories

      Hear what SPH insiders say about student life, learning, and research and practice opportunities here.

      Boston is truly a global health care hub. As students, we have access to world-class facilities and researchers, as well as industry experts.

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