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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    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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    SPH researchers helped legitimize post-traumatic stress disorder’s invisible wounds as a cause for disability benefits. Now they’re leading the charge to find treatments.

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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 or doctoral program in one of eight public health concentrations: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy & management, international health, maternal & child health, social & behavioral sciences, and health law, bioethics & human rights. You’ll work with acclaimed faculty whose research and practice are building a healthier world, here at home and worldwide.

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  • CDC Epidemiologist Wins 2014 Ozonoff Award for Studies of...

    Frank Bove, a senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the recipient of the 2014 David Ozonoff Unsung Hero Award for his work as a tireless advocate for communities suffering the long-term effects of contaminated water and soil. [caption id="attachment_46293" align="alignleft" width="252"] Richard Clapp, Frank Bove, David Ozonoff and Roberta White[/caption] Bove received the award in an intimate ceremony in the Department of Environmental Health at BUSPH and was introduced by his longtime colleague Richard Clapp, a professor emeritus of environmental health. Bove has worked at the CDC’s Division of Health Studies, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease

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  • EH Doctoral Student James Watt Wins Dean’s Award at...

    James Watt, a doctoral student of environmental health, won the SPH Dean's Award for Student Research at the Boston University Scholars Day celebration on April 15. [caption id="attachment_46114" align="alignleft" width="150"] James Watt[/caption] Watt was recognized for his poster, "Emerging Toxicants Induce Adipogenesis and Suppress Osteogenesis in Mouse Mesenchymal Stromal Cells,” a summation of research conducted with the guidance of advisor Jennifer Schlezinger, PhD, an associate professor of environmental health. Watt is a trainee in the Boston University Superfund Research Program, an interdisciplinary effort to conduct and communicate research on the effects of improperly managed hazardous wastes. He is working with Schlezinger on a

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  • Sophie Godley Represents BUSPH at Anti-Poverty Conference

    Sophie Godley, clinical assistant professor of community health sciences, represented BUSPH at the 2014 “Disrupting the Poverty Cycle” conference organized by the Crittenton Women’s Union, a Boston-based nonprofit agency working to tackle poverty and empower low-income families. Godley spoke on a panel of experts trying to find ways to help teenage mothers achieve economic mobility. The conference aims to bring together academics, program leaders, public officials and low-income individuals to devise strategies to move people from poverty to economic independence.

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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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