Academic Support

SPH offers a variety of academic resources both inside and outside of the classroom to promote academic success.

Inside the Classroom

Students are encouraged to take advantage of in-class resources to help them solidify the concepts learned in their coursework. These in-class resources include:

  • TA review sessions
  • instructor’s office hours
  • group study sessions formed with classmates

Please refer to your course syllabi for more information on these opportunities in your courses. For other academic inquiries, please contact your department’s curriculum coordinator.

Outside of the Classroom

The Office for Student Services centralizes administrative support for all SPH courses and programs, organizes Orientation and plans Commencement activities. The office promotes student life and leadership through co-curricular programming such as the BUSPH Student Senate, student organizations, and social events. The Office acts as a liaison between students and faculty, advocating for student needs and concerns. Student Services supports students in need of academic accommodations and Disability Services, to insure that all students have equal access to educational and professional opportunities on campus. Student Services works with students who are in distress and those who are looking to access behavioral health resources.

Students receive regular updates from the office throughout the year, primarily through e-mail. Student-related web pages can be found linked to the Student Services web page (address listed above).

Please contact Mary Murphy-Phillips about any area related to student life at 617-638-5059 or

Additional programs are offered to ensure academic success outside of the classroom.

Core Course Tutoring

The core course tutoring program is a free peer tutoring program for MPH students who are at risk of failing to meet the minimum grade required (B–) in the MPH core courses. Students are referred to the program by their core course instructor. For more information, please contact the Educational Resources Coordinator.

Public Health Writing and Presentation Skills Programs

The Education Office offers appointments with peer coaches to cover topics for written and oral communication. For more information, please visit or contact the Educational Resources Coordinator.

Writing Seminar

A SPH Writing Seminar, taught by Professor Carol Pineiro (from the CRC), meets on weekly on the Medical Campus. It is a not-for-credit course that includes class instruction as well as individual tutoring sessions. Interested students should contact Brendan Hoey, Student Services: 617-638-5062 or

Educational Resource Center (Charles River Campus)

George Sherman Union, 4th Floor
775 Commonwealth Ave.

The Educational Resource Center (ERC) provides comprehensive support services and resources students need to ensure academic success at a large urban university. The ERC’s progressive, non-remedial approach focuses on serving all Boston University students who are looking for assistance in meeting their academic challenges, whether large or small. The ERC’s dynamic programs and services are free to all current University students and alumni. For weekly updates and additional ERC resources, visit their blog. Hours of operation during the academic year are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, noon–10 p.m.; Saturday by pre-approval only.