Daniel M. Merrigan, EdD

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Daniel Merrigan
(617) 638-5160merrigan@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 431A
View full profile at BUMC


Dan Merrigan is Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Dan was the founding director of the New England Alliance for Public Health Workforce Development and Director of the HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Certificate Education Program. Both projects provide innovative education/training that improve local public health infrastructure by increasing the skills and competencies of the currently employed public health workforce. Dan has been engaged in numerous research, education, training and leadership development initiatives for the past 30 years including two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation programs, the Join Together National Leadership Fellowship and the Reclaiming Futures National Leadership Fellowship. These initiatives promote shared local leadership and community-based solutions that address substance abuse, juvenile justice, public safety, emergency preparedness and other local public health issues. Dan has broad experience facilitating leadership collaborations among grassroots groups, policy advocates, the justice system, human service providers, and other community stakeholders including the business and faith community to adopt innovations that improve and protect community health. Dr. Merrigan has been a Fellow in the National Leadership Program funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He holds Th.M. and M.Div. degrees from the Jesuit Weston School of Theology; M.P.H. and Ed.D. degrees from Boston University, an M.Ed. from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a B.S. from Villanova University. He was also a Jesuit priest for twenty years.


  • Weston School of Theology, MDiv
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Weston School of Theology, ThM
  • North Adams State College, MEd
  • Villanova University, BS
  • Boston University, EdD

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH718
  • SPHSB820
  • SPHSB820
  • SPHSB922


  • Published on 1/1/2006

    Atchison C, Boatright DT, Merrigan D, Quill BE, Whittaker C, Vickery AR, Aglipay GS. Demonstrating excellence in practice-based teaching for public health. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2006 Jan-Feb; 12(1):15-21. PMID: 16340509.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/1/2005

    Nissen LB, Merrigan DM, Kraft MK. Moving mountains together: strategic community leadership and systems change. Child Welfare. 2005 Mar-Apr; 84(2):123-40. PMID: 15828404.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/1/2001

    Allaire SH, Evans SR, LaValley MP, Merrigan DM. Use of the Americans with Disabilities Act by persons with rheumatic diseases and factors associated with use. Arthritis Rheum. 2001 Apr; 45(2):174-82. PMID: 11324782.

    Read at: PubMed