Jessica H. Leibler, DrPH, MS

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health
Jessica Leibler
Talbot – T425E
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Jessica H. Leibler, DrPH ScM is an environmental epidemiologist in the Department of Environmental Health at BUSPH, and her research focuses on environmental exposures experienced by disadvantaged populations in the US, including agricultural workers and the homeless. Her work has two central themes: environmental transmission of pathogens through food systems, and environmental exposures experienced by the urban poor in the US. Dr. Leibler is currently leading a study of antibiotic resistant bacterial carriage among industrial food animal workers in the Midwestern US and transmission of zoonotic bacterial infections from workers to the community. 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 US. Dr. Leibler is the PI on a new study on nasal carriage of MRSA among the urban homeless in Boston. 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 a research 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 and Management at Harvard University.


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP911
  • SPHPH717
  • SPHPH717


  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Leibler JH, Perry MJ. Self-reported occupational injuries among industrial beef slaughterhouse workers in the Midwestern United States. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2017 Jan; 14(1):23-30. PMID: 27715500.

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  • Published on 10/10/2016

    Lowenstein C, Waters WF, Roess A, Leibler JH, Graham JP. Animal Husbandry Practices and Perceptions of Zoonotic Infectious Disease Risks Among Livestock Keepers in a Rural Parish of Quito, Ecuador. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Dec 07; 95(6):1450-1458. PMID: 27928092.

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  • Published on 5/9/2016

    Leibler JH, Zakhour CM, Gadhoke P, Gaeta JM. Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Infections Among Urban Homeless and Marginalized People in the United States and Europe, 1990-2014. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2016 Jul; 16(7):435-44. PMID: 27159039.

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  • Published on 2/11/2016

    Leibler JH, Jordan JA, Brownstein K, Lander L, Price LB, Perry MJ. Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Carriage among Beefpacking Workers in a Midwestern United States Slaughterhouse. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0148789. PMID: 26866374.

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  • Published on 8/28/2015

    Murray KO, Fischer RS, Chavarria D, Duttmann C, Garcia MN, Gorchakov R, Hotez PJ, Jiron W, Leibler JH, Lopez JE, Mandayam S, Marin A, Sheleby J. Mesoamerican nephropathy: a neglected tropical disease with an infectious etiology? Microbes Infect. 2015 Oct; 17(10):671-5. PMID: 26320026.

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  • Published on 7/1/2015

    Tobin MR, Goldshear JL, Price LB, Graham JP, Leibler JH. A Framework to Reduce Infectious Disease Risk from Urban Poultry in the United States. Public Health Rep. 2015 Jul-Aug; 130(4):380-91. PMID: 26346104.

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  • 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. PMID: 21213164.

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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. PMID: 20735951.

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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. PMID: 20385515.

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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. PMID: 20360859.

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