School of Public Health



We are at an inflection point in the history of Boston University School of Public Health. As SPH enters its fifth decade, we are well on our way to implementing the three-pronged paradigm we laid out in our new strategic plan: Think Teach Do for the health of all. Read more.

Since its founding in 1976, BUSPH has become a nationally recognized and internationally relevant center for public health education, research, and service. At present, for example, BU’s School of Public Health is ranked 10th by the US News and World Report, and we are proud to see our good work gaining notice.

In addition to offering master’s- and doctoral-level education in eight public health concentrations (biostatistics; environmental health; epidemiology; health law, bioethics & human rights; health policy & management; international health; maternal & child health; and social & behavioral sciences), our faculty conducts policy-changing public health research around the world with the mission of improving the health of populations—especially the disadvantaged, underserved, and vulnerable—locally, nationally, and internationally.

Now we are ready to take the next step. We are poised to exert a profound impact on the future of public health. At this critical juncture in our history, we have decided to focus on four challenges to the public’s health: ensuring that everyone is able to access affordable, quality health care; creating a cleaner environment; promoting health globally; and eliminating health disparities.

BUSPH seeks $40 million from individuals and institutions to strengthen the School’s ability to meet current health care challenges and improve the health of people throughout the world.

Campaign Priorities

Ensuring affordable, quality health care for everyone

BUSPH is studying ways to improve how doctors care for patients, and how patients navigate their health care systems. Our faculty and students are at the center of the ongoing national health care debate, developing more effective infrastructure and serving on government panels that will decide which quality-of-care measures the nation will adopt. With the right resources, we can bring more players to the important conversations, provide the data that will guide good policy, and ultimately raise the quality of care in this country.

Creating a cleaner environment

At BUSPH, we’re dedicated to investigating environmental challenges in homes, schools, and workplaces, and using our findings to help expand public knowledge, promote smarter policies, and generate cleaner environments. Our research teams have already earned national and international recognition. With additional resources, they can ask more questions about our environment and learn new ways to repair and prevent environmental harm to health.

Promoting health globally

Global health is an important focus for the School and for the University—because in a globalizing world, it’s an essential concern for everyone. BUSPH is committed to solving today’s global health problems today, and we’re training the next generation of global health professionals to carry out that mission. All of our research—including that done through the Boston University–wide, BUSPH-led Center for Global Health & Develop­ment (CGHD)—is done alongside scientists from the countries where we do our work, ensuring that the expertise stays when our team leaves.

Eliminating health disparities

In Boston and elsewhere, the School of Public Health addresses health inequities facing poor urban populations, which suffer greater rates of illness and health problems than the general population. That means mobilizing and empowering communities to take control of their own health, and working with those communities to determine which issues should be our top priorities. Our goal is to head off public health disparities before they arise, giving individuals and communities the opportunity to flourish.

Seed money

We seek an additional $2 million in “seed money” to investigate additional fields in which we have expertise, and which appear likely to advance our mission. Among these new fields are aging, community-based participatory research, genetics and public health, and pharmaceutical policy.