Lois McCloskey, DrPH

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Lois McCloskey
(617) 638-5882loism@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT436
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My public health career began 30 years ago as an applied anthropologist and educator of community health workers in Nepal. The work inspired my lifelong concern with the health care of women and their infants, particularly in communities that are under-served. In both international and domestic settings, my work focuses on the disconnects between the lives of women and the health care systems meant to serve their needs across the life course and proven strategies for engaging and activating women to be full partners in their reproductive health care and planning. I am currently supported by the NICHD to study the barriers to follow-up testing and care of women with gestational diabetes, a harbinger of risk for later type 2 diabetes that is often not heeded after pregnancy. At BUSPH I direct the Maternal and Child Health concentration and serve as Principal Investigator to the MCH – PH training grant, an $1.65 million dollar award to BUSPH dedicated to the education of a diverse MCH workforce. The training grant allows me to lead our MCH Fellowship and Leadership Programs. As an educator, I specialize in practice-based courses that engage students in the application of their skills and knowledge in real life organizations, addressing real life challenges. Currently I teach “ Implementing Community Health Initiatives: A Field-based Course in Leadership and Consultation” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: Science, Religion, and Politics”. I completed an MPH in population, family and international health and a DrPH in perinatal epidemiology and health services research at UCLA School of Public Health. Upon graduation, I co-founded the Institute for Urban Health Policy and Research for the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals and served as its Senior Research Scientist for 7 years before joining the faculty of Boston University. During my tenure at the Institute, I led research and community action initiatives designed to mobilize community residents, health professionals, academics, and policy-makers to eliminate racial disparities in infant death and pre-term birth. Our findings led to fundamental changes in how perinatal health services are delivered to women of African descent in Boston. I co-founded the Women’s Health Committee of the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association, am a member of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, and serve on the peer review panels of the Women’s Health Journal, the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the Journal of the Poor and Under-served, and Public Health Reports.

Other Positions:

  • Associate Chair, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Wheaton College, BA
  • University of California-Los Angeles, MPH
  • University of California-Los Angeles, DrPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHMC802
  • SPHMC931
  • SPHMC932
  • SPHMC940
  • SPHMC940
  • SPHMC941
  • SPHSB921


  • Published on 6/19/2015

    Cheng ER, Declercq ER, Belanoff C, Iverson RE, McCloskey L. Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Likelihood of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery. Birth. 2015 Sep; 42(3):249-53.

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  • Published on 12/17/2014

    Sakeah E, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S, Doctor HV. Can community health officer-midwives effectively integrate skilled birth attendance in the community-based health planning and services program in rural Ghana? Reprod Health. 2014; 11:90.

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  • Published on 8/11/2014

    Sakeah E, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S, Doctor HV. Is there any role for community involvement in the community-based health planning and services skilled delivery program in rural Ghana? BMC Health Serv Res. 2014; 14:340.

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  • Published on 4/10/2014

    Sakeah E, Doctor HV, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S. Using the community-based health planning and services program to promote skilled delivery in rural Ghana: socio-demographic factors that influence women utilization of skilled attendants at birth in northern Ghana. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:344.

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  • Published on 4/1/2014

    McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Winter M, Iverson R, Lee-Parritz A. Follow-up of gestational diabetes mellitus in an urban safety net hospital: missed opportunities to launch preventive care for women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Apr; 23(4):327-34.

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  • Published on 4/23/2013

    Bernstein E, Ng V, McCloskey L, Vazquez K, Ashong D, Stapleton S, Cromwell J, Bernstein J. Qualitative analysis of cocaine and heroin users'' main partner sex-risk behavior: is safety in love safety in health? Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2013; 8:10.

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  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Battaglia TA, McCloskey L, Caron SE, Murrell SS, Bernstein E, Childs A, Jong H, Walker K, Bernstein J. Feasibility of chronic disease patient navigation in an urban primary care practice. J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jan-Mar; 35(1):38-49.

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  • Published on 7/1/2011

    McCloskey L, Condon R, Shanahan CW, Wolff J, Culler C, Kalish R. Public health, medicine, and dentistry as partners in community health: a pioneering initiative in interprofessional, practice-based education. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011 Jul-Aug; 17(4):298-307.

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  • Published on 10/20/2009

    Evans CL, Maine D, McCloskey L, Feeley FG, Sanghvi H. Where there is no obstetrician--increasing capacity for emergency obstetric care in rural India: an evaluation of a pilot program to train general doctors. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Dec; 107(3):277-82.

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  • Published on 6/1/2002

    McCloskey L, Kennedy HP, Declercq ER, Williams DR. The practice of nurse-midwifery in the era of managed care: reports from the field. Matern Child Health J. 2002 Jun; 6(2):127-36.

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