Jennifer Beard, PhD

Assistant Professor, Global Health
Jennifer Beard
Crosstown Center – CT381
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Jennifer Beard, PhD, MA, MPH has been working in the field of international public health for approximately 8 years. Dr. Beard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health where she directs the writing program and teaches courses in professional and scientific writing. Her research interests include the health and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children in low and middle income countries, the social impacts of HIV/AIDS, and human resource capacity strengthening. Her most recent work looks at the children of sex workers, drug users, and men who have sex with men in low and middle-income countries. She has co-authored academic articles for publication on the household welfare of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, sexual risk behaviors of migrant workers in China, and a literature review on the non-clinical impacts of antiretroviral therapy on quality of life and labor productivity in developing countries. Dr. Beard is currently working with non-governmental organizations in Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zambia to document services they are providing to the children of sex workers and drug users. In addition, she is the PI of an evaluation project assessing the social impact of the Pfizer Global Health Fellows program. She completed PhD in English Literature in 1998 at the University of New Hampshire after receiving an MA from Ohio University in 1991; she received her MPH from BUSPH in 2006. Though her current work is focused on international health, she remains a devoted reader of Victorian novels and is convinced that many of her current research interests have their roots in her passion for Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters.


  • University of New Hampshire, PhD
  • Ohio University, MA
  • Youngstown State University, BA
  • Boston University, MPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH702
  • SPHGH703
  • SPHGH777
  • SPHGH943
  • SPHIH720
  • SPHIH777
  • SPHIH941
  • SPHIH943


  • Published on 5/15/2015

    Pavitri Dwivedi, Poonam Patkar, & Jennifer Beard. Necessity of Systematic HIV Disclosure in HIV-infected Families: Committed Communities Development Trust’s Approach and Intervention. Journal of Indian Pediatrics . 2015; 52:357-78.

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  • Published on 5/8/2015

    Dwivedi P, Patkar P, Beard J. Necessity of Systematic HIV Disclosure in HIV-infected Families: Committed Communities Development Trusts Approach and Intervention. Indian Pediatr. 2015 May 8; 52(5):375-8.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    Messersmith LJ, Adjei R, Beard J, Agyarko-Poku T, Wondergem P, Falconer A, Sabin L, Adu-Sarkodie Y. Drug Use and Sexual Behavior: The Multiple HIV Vulnerabilities of Men and Women Who Inject Drugs in Kumasi, Ghana. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Mar 1; 68 Suppl 2:S124-30.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    Onyango MA, Adu-Sarkodie Y, Agyarko-Poku T, Asafo MK, Sylvester J, Wondergem P, Green K, Wambugu S, Brennan AT, Beard J. "It''s All About Making a Life": Poverty, HIV, Violence, and Other Vulnerabilities Faced by Young Female Sex Workers in Kumasi, Ghana. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Mar 1; 68 Suppl 2:S131-7.

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  • Published on 10/2/2013

    Vian T, Koseki S, Feeley FG, Beard J. Strengthening capacity for AIDS vaccine research: analysis of the Pfizer Global Health Fellows program and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013; 13:378.

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  • Published on 7/1/2012

    Bryant M, Beard J, Sabin L, Brooks MI, Scott N, Larson BA, Biemba G, Miller C, Simon J. PEPFAR's support for orphans and vulnerable children: some beneficial effects, but too little data, and programs spread thin. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Jul; 31(7):1508-18.

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  • Published on 3/1/2012

    Mary Bachman DeSilva, Anne Skalicky, Jennifer Beard, Tom Zhuwau, Mandisa Cakwe, Tim Quinlan, and Jonathon L. Simon. Early impacts of orphaning: Health and health behavior, food insecurity, and education in a cohort of school-going adolescents in South Africa. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. 2012; 7(1):75-87.

  • Published on 8/16/2010

    McDougal L, Beard J. Revisiting sphere: new standards of service delivery for new trends in protracted displacement. Disasters. 2011 Jan; 35(1):87-101.

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  • Published on 6/23/2010

    Beard J, Biemba G, Brooks MI, Costello J, Ommerborn M, Bresnahan M, Flynn D, Simon JL. Children of female sex workers and drug users: a review of vulnerability, resilience and family-centred models of care. J Int AIDS Soc. 2010; 13 Suppl 2:S6.

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  • Published on 5/1/2010

    Abdullah AS, Yang T, Beard J. Predictors of women's attitudes toward world health organization framework convention on tobacco control policies in urban China. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 May; 19(5):903-9.

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