• WANT TO BUILD A HEALTHIER WORLD?

    WE’LL TEACH YOU HOW

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

    Browse our departments and Explore our Degrees

  • JOIN A RENOWNED TEAM OF

    RESEARCH TRAILBLAZERS

    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.

    Learn about our policy-changing Faculty Research

  • A WORLD OF PUBLIC HEALTH

    PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES

    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.

    Learn more about practice opportunities and The Practicum

  • HELPING VETERANS WIN

    THE WAR ON PTSD

    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, global health, health policy & management, 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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  • Alcohol Taxes Protective Against Binge Drinking, Study Shows

    Higher alcohol taxes strongly protect against binge drinking, according to a new study by BU School of Public Health researchers. The study, published in the journal Addiction, found that a one-percent increase in alcohol beverage prices from taxes was associated with a 1.4 percent decrease in the proportion of adults who binge drink. Most previous studies have examined the effect of taxes on average consumption, while the effect of taxes on high-level drinking has been controversial. “This is really significant for public health,” said lead author Ziming Xuan, assistant professor of community health sciences at BUSPH, explaining that binge drinking

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  • ER Visits Offer Opportunities to Treat Substance Use, BUSPH...

    Women of reproductive age with substance use disorders are more likely to show up in ERs with injuries, new study finds.

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  • Predicting Fertility

    Women across the world are finding it harder to have kids. Researcher Lauren Wise is launching the nation’s largest Internet-based study of fertility to find out why. In 2006, as Lauren Wise was immersed in researching the fertility of men exposed prenatally to the now-banned drug DES (diethylstilbestrol), she and her husband decided it was time to begin their own family. At 32, the Boston University School of Public Health epidemiologist had already published dozens of papers about reproductive risks. But as the months ticked by fruitlessly, Wise gained personal insight into the same fertility quandary she had explored professionally.

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    Area of Study

    Find the public health focus and degree program that’s right for you.

    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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      80%

      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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      $56m

      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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      25%

      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.

      Catherine Shih,
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