Jessica Leibler, DrPH MS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Jessica Leibler
Talbot – T425E
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Jessica Leibler, DrPH ScM is an infectious disease epidemiologist, and her research focuses on emerging zoonotic infections from food production. Her work is specifically targeted towards understanding environmental and industrial drivers of disease emergence at the animal:human interface in agriculture. She has published studies identifying risk of avian influenza infection among industrial poultry workers and farm-to-farm transmission risk of avian influenza in the United States. Dr. Leibler’s work utilizes infectious disease modeling approaches as well as traditional epidemiologic study design. She is currently involved with studies of antibiotic resistant bacterial carriage among industrial food animal workers and transmission of zoonotic bacterial infections from worker populations to the community. Dr. Leibler is actively engaged in teaching and mentoring students, and teaches the Introduction to Epidemiology (EP713) and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EP755) courses at SPH. Prior to joining the faculty at BU, Dr. Leibler held an appointment in the Department of Environmental Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Leibler completed her doctoral degree in Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University and her master’s degree in Health Policy at Harvard.


  • Johns Hopkins University, DrPH
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS
  • Williams College, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP713
  • SPHEP755


  • Published on 1/1/2011

    Leibler JH, Silbergeld EK, Pekosz A, Gray GC. No evidence of infection with avian influenza viruses among US poultry workers in the Delmarva Peninsula, Maryland and Virginia, USA. J Agromedicine. 2011 Jan; 16(1):52-7.

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  • Published on 9/1/2010

    Silbergeld E, Davis M, Feingold B, Feingold B, Goldberg A, Graham J, Leibler J, Peterson A, Price LB. New infectious diseases and industrial food animal production. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Sep; 16(9):1503; author reply 1504.

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  • Published on 4/12/2010

    Feingold BJ, Vegosen L, Davis M, Leibler J, Peterson A, Silbergeld EK. A niche for infectious disease in environmental health: rethinking the toxicological paradigm. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Aug; 118(8):1165-72.

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  • Published on 3/25/2010

    Leibler JH, Carone M, Silbergeld EK. Contribution of company affiliation and social contacts to risk estimates of between-farm transmission of avian influenza. PLoS One. 2010; 5(3):e9888.

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  • Published on 5/13/2009

    Leibler JH, Otte J, Roland-Holst D, Pfeiffer DU, Soares Magalhaes R, Rushton J, Graham JP, Silbergeld EK. Industrial food animal production and global health risks: exploring the ecosystems and economics of avian influenza. Ecohealth. 2009 Mar; 6(1):58-70.

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  • Published on 11/1/2008

    Silbergeld EK, Davis M, Leibler JH, Peterson AE. One reservoir: redefining the community origins of antimicrobial-resistant infections. Med Clin North Am. 2008 Nov; 92(6):1391-407, xi.

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  • Published on 5/1/2008

    Graham JP, Leibler JH, Price LB, Otte JM, Pfeiffer DU, Tiensin T, Silbergeld EK. The animal-human interface and infectious disease in industrial food animal production: rethinking biosecurity and biocontainment. Public Health Rep. 2008 May-Jun; 123(3):282-99.

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