Why Study Public Health at BUSPH.
The School of Think. Teach. Do.
As a top-ranked public health school in the heart of Boston’s South End, the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) community offers you the opportunity to engage in world-renowned research, scholarship, social justice, and public health practice – for the health of all.
- BUSPH is ranked the 6th leading public health university by the U.S. News & World Report.
- Our 300 faculty members received over $70M in research awards and published 2,000 peer-reviewed publications over the past year.
- We elevate the intersection of research, policy, and public health interventions via our school-wide Strategic Directions: cities and health; climate, the planet, and health; health inequities; infectious diseases; and mental and behavioral health.
- Students engage in research opportunities with renowned faculty members at BUSPH and beyond, including at our Biostatistics and Epidemiology Data Analytics Center (BEDAC); via public and private partnerships incubated in our idea hub; and with our neighbors at Boston Medical Center and the BU School of Medicine.
- BUSPH is home to several nationally recognized centers and initiatives, including the Center for Climate and Health, Medicaid Policy Lab, Collaborate.Health, Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and the Center for Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights.
- Our CEPH-accredited curriculum is built on evidence-based practices and innovative pedagogy that centers real-world, inclusive public health approaches.
- On-campus MPH students are able to choose from over 16 functional and context certificates, including Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation (CAPDIE); Environmental Health; Maternal and Child Health; Pharmaceutical Development, Delivery, and Access; Health Policy and Law; Global Health; Epidemiology; and Biostatistics.
- Our Center for Teaching Excellence provides resources for the next generation of public health teachers, including the Teaching Public Health symposia and publications.
- The Public Health Writing program offers 1:1 support and resources for all students and faculty so that public health professionals are well trained for effective communication and translation activities.
- We strive to make a high-quality, public health education affordable by guaranteeing scholarship aid for all accepted on-campus MPH students. 94% of all BUSPH students receive funding in the forms of scholarships, fellowships, loans, or tuition remission.
- We center diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice in fulfilling our mission as an academic public health institution in all that we do.
- BUSPH has the largest Careers and Practicum Office among all schools and programs of public health. On-campus MPH and MS students receive individualized support to identify immersive internships, practicums (both domestic and global), exchange programs, and career opportunities.
- Our commitment to equitable practicum experiences includes award opportunities for historically underrepresented students and multiple courses that fulfill practicum requirements.
- Students participate in the Activist Lab to engage with public health organizations, advocates, and practitioners to rectify or dismantle systems that create inequities.
- Our Activist Fellowships are fully funded opportunities for students to work deeply with leading community organizations, such as Health Resources in Action.
- On-campus MPH Fellows publish daily original articles and podcasts in Public Health Post to translate public health and social justice to broad audiences.
- Public Health Conversations are virtual and in-person events bringing together leading experts across public health, government, and advocacy.
- Our faculty actively engage in realtime public health translation as sought after media experts and thought leaders.
- BUSPH leads the New England Public Health Training Center, providing training to all public health departments across New England.
- Our Lifelong Learning programs enable students to continue their education even after competing their degree programs.
- Population Health Exchange (PHX) offers online courses and webinars for professional development and continuing education credits and certificates.
- Our Workforce Training Centers also offer programs for CEU/CME credit for public health professionals, across a variety of topics.
- BUSPH students and alumni are leading and shaping how we approach health, nationally and globally. Our alumni network of over 10,000 people hosts regional events and networking opportunities.
Boston’s School of Public Health.
- BUSPH is located in Boston’s South End, in the historic Talbot building. From the time it was constructed in the late 19th century, the Talbot Building has housed a succession of health institutions dedicated to improving the health and well-being of populations on a local, national, and global scale.
- We share a campus with:
- Boston Medical Center, the largest safety-net hospital in New England, and one of the largest independent hospital recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
- The Boston University School of Medicine, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and the Boston University National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory (NEIDL), one of only two national National Biocontainment Laboratories.
- Boston has 14 teaching hospitals and a wide array of national and local nonprofits, healthcare facilities, and research institutions – which offer unparalleled networking, volunteer, internship, and practicum opportunities
- Boston receives the most funding annually from the NIH funding, outpacing both New York City and Washington, D.C.
- BUSPH faculty are leading public health in Boston, including serving on Boards of Health and advisors to nonprofit organizations across the city.
- With 17 schools and colleges and more than 33,000 full- and part-time students, BU is the largest university in Boston and the 3rd largest private, nonprofit research institution in the nation. Learn more about research at SPH and across Boston University.
- BU is home to nationally recognized centers of excellence and education, including the Center for Antiracist Research, the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Center for Computing and Data Sciences.
- Students in the on-campus MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD programs, have access to university-wide resources and facilities, including all libraries, athletic facilities, events and activities, and student services offerings.
The best way to know if SPH is the best fit for your personal, academic and professional goals is to see our community in person. Please don’t hesitate to contact Admissions with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on campus.