Jonathan Levy, ScD

Professor, Environmental Health
Jonathan Levy
Talbot – T446W
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Dr. Levy’s research centers on air pollution exposure assessment and health risk assessment, with a focus on urban environments and issues of heterogeneity and equity. Major research topics include evaluating spatial patterns of air pollution in complex urban terrain, developing methods to quantify the magnitude and distribution of health benefits associated with emissions controls for motor vehicles and power plants, using systems science approaches to evaluate the influence of indoor environmental exposures on pediatric asthma in low-income housing, and developing methods for community-based cumulative risk assessment that includes chemical and non-chemical stressors. He has been a member of several National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Science for EPA’s Future, the Committee on Health Impact Assessment, and the Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used by the US Environmental Protection Agency. He also serves on the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, which provides guidance to EPA on the impact of the Clean Air Act on health, the economy, and the environment.

Other Positions:

  • Associate Chair of Environmental Health, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Harvard College, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH800
  • SPHEH800


  • Published on 8/7/2014

    James P, Ito K, Buonocore JJ, Levy JI, Arcaya MC. A health impact assessment of proposed public transportation service cuts and fare increases in Boston, massachusetts (u.s.a.). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014; 11(8):8010-24.

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  • Published on 4/23/2014

    Buonocore JJ, Dong X, Spengler JD, Fu JS, Levy JI. Using the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model to estimate public health impacts of PM2.5 from individual power plants. Environ Int. 2014 Jul; 68:200-8.

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  • Published on 4/16/2014

    Peters JL, Patricia Fabian M, Levy JI. Combined impact of lead, cadmium, polychlorinated biphenyls and non-chemical risk factors on blood pressure in NHANES. Environ Res. 2014 Jul; 132:93-9.

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  • Published on 4/11/2014

    Levy JI, Fabian MP, Peters JL. Meta-Analytic Approaches for Multistressor Dose-Response Function Development: Strengths, Limitations, and Case Studies. Risk Anal. 2014 Apr 11.

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  • Published on 1/28/2014

    Levy JI, Fabian MP, Peters JL. Community-wide health risk assessment using geographically resolved demographic data: a synthetic population approach. PLoS One. 2014; 9(1):e87144.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Hsu HH, Adamkiewicz G, Houseman EA, Spengler JD. Levy JI. Using mobile monitoring to characterize roadway and aircraft contributions to ultrafine particle concentrations near a mid-sized airport. Atmospheric Environment. 2014; 89:688-695.

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  • Published on 10/8/2013

    Correia AW, Peters JL, Levy JI, Melly S, Dominici F. Residential exposure to aircraft noise and hospital admissions for cardiovascular diseases: multi-airport retrospective study. BMJ. 2013; 347:f5561.

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  • Published on 10/3/2013

    Brugge D, Lane K, Padró-Martínez LT, Stewart A, Hoesterey K, Weiss D, Wang DD, Levy JI, Patton AP, Zamore W, Mwamburi M. Highway proximity associated with cardiovascular disease risk: the influence of individual-level confounders and exposure misclassification. Environ Health. 2013; 12(1):84.

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  • Published on 9/8/2013

    Lane KJ, Kangsen Scammell M, Levy JI, Fuller CH, Parambi R, Zamore W, Mwamburi M, Brugge D. Positional error and time-activity patterns in near-highway proximity studies: an exposure misclassification analysis. Environ Health. 2013; 12(1):75.

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  • Published on 9/2/2013

    Zhou Y, Hammitt J, Fu JS, Gao Y, Liu Y, Levy JI. Major factors influencing the health impacts from controlling air pollutants with nonlinear chemistry: an application to china. Risk Anal. 2014 Apr; 34(4):683-97.

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