Jacob Bor

Jacob Bor, SD

Assistant Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health



Jacob Bor, ScD, SM, is Assistant Professor and Peter T. Paul Career Development Professor in the Departments of Global Health (primary) and Epidemiology. His research applies the analytical tools of economics to the study of population health, with a focus on HIV treatment and prevention in southern Africa. Current research interests include economic spillover effects of HIV treatment on patients, households, and communities; decision-making in HIV-endemic risk environments; population health impacts of social policy; and causal inference in public health research. His work has been published in Science, Lancet, PLOS Medicine, and other journals. Prior to his graduate training at Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Bor worked with an HIV-prevention NGO in Botswana, Lesotho, and South Africa. He is a faculty affiliate of BU's Global Development Policy Center, a Junior Faculty Fellow at BU's Hariri Institute for Computational Science, an affiliate of the Africa Health Research Institute (www.africacentre.ac.za), and Senior Research at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (www.heroza.org) in South Africa. For additional and up-to-date information: http://sites.bu.edu/jbor.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development - Boston University School of Public Health


  • 2013 - Harvard School of Public Health, SD Field of Study: Global Health Management
  • 2005 - Harvard College, AB Field of Study: Social Sciences
  • 2009 - Harvard School of Public Health, SM/ScM Field of Study: Economics


  • Published on 1/6/2021

    Onoya D, Mokhele I, Sineke T, Mngoma B, Moolla A, Vujovic M, Bor J, Langa J, Fox MP. Health provider perspectives on the implementation of the same-day-ART initiation policy in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Health Res Policy Syst. 2021 Jan 06; 19(1):2. PMID: 33407574.

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  • Published on 12/31/2020

    Feyman Y, Bor J, Raifman J, Griffith KN. Effectiveness of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders varied by state. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12):e0245008. PMID: 33382849.

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  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Harlow AF, Bor J, Brennan AT, Maskew M, MacLeod W, Carmona S, Mlisana K, Fox MP. Impact of Viral Load Monitoring on Retention and Viral Suppression: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of South Africa's National Laboratory Cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 12 01; 189(12):1492-1501. PMID: 32648905.

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  • Published on 11/5/2020

    Clouse K, Malope-Kgokong B, Bor J, Nattey C, Mudau M, Maskew M. The South African National HIV Pregnancy Cohort: evaluating continuity of care among women living with HIV. BMC Public Health. 2020 Nov 05; 20(1):1662. PMID: 33153468.

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  • Published on 11/3/2020

    Jay J, Bor J, Nsoesie EO, Lipson SK, Jones DK, Galea S, Raifman J. Neighbourhood income and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Nat Hum Behav. 2020 12; 4(12):1294-1302. PMID: 33144713.

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  • Published on 7/30/2020

    Raifman J, Bor J, Venkataramani A. Unemployment insurance and food insecurity among people who lost employment in the wake of COVID-19. medRxiv. 2020 Jul 30. PMID: 32766606.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Fox MP, Brennan AT, Nattey C, MacLeod WB, Harlow A, Mlisana K, Maskew M, Carmona S, Bor J. Delays in repeat HIV viral load testing for those with elevated viral loads: a national perspective from South Africa. J Int AIDS Soc. 2020 Jul; 23(7):e25542. PMID: 32640101.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Haber NA, Lesko CR, Fox MP, Powers KA, Harling G, Edwards JK, Salomon JA, Lippman SA, Bor J, Chang AY, Anglemyer A, Pettifor A. Limitations of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 metrics: a simulation-based comparison of cross-sectional and longitudinal metrics for the HIV care continuum. AIDS. 2020 06 01; 34(7):1047-1055. PMID: 32044844.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Griffith KN, Bor JH. Changes in Health Care Access, Behaviors, and Self-reported Health Among Low-income US Adults Through the Fourth Year of the Affordable Care Act. Med Care. 2020 06; 58(6):574-578. PMID: 32221101.

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  • Published on 2/1/2020

    Griffith KN, Jones DK, Bor JH, Sommers BD. Changes In Health Insurance Coverage, Access To Care, And Income-Based Disparities Among US Adults, 2011-17. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 02; 39(2):319-326. PMID: 32011953.

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