Why BUSPH

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Your success is our top priority.

Our goal is to make sure you’re prepared to meet the challenges that are confronting public health practitioners today, while anticipating the challenges of the future.

As a top-ranked school of public health, our community offers you access to cutting-edge advancements in research, scholarship, and public health practice; a top-tier education with an on-the-ground mission.

In addition to our innovative approach to real-world education, we are committed to improving the student experience. Our vibrant community is what sets us apart, and we are proud of our inclusive and supportive learning environment. We work hard to ensure that your time, effort and resources are well spent, from graduate student life and leadership opportunities to practicum experiences, career services, and job placement activities.

Some of the most valuable aspects of our program include:

Boston: Location, Location, Location!

  • The city is home to the nation’s first public health department, and Massachusetts’ healthcare reform was the model for the Affordable Care Act.
  • With a wide array of nonprofits, healthcare facilities, and research institutions, Boston offers networking, volunteer, internship, and practicum opportunities.
  • Boston receives the most funding annually from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), outpacing both New York City and Washington, D.C.
  • Boston supports 14 teaching hospitals, including SPH neighbor Boston Medical Center, a merger of BU Medical Center Hospital and Boston City Hospital—the first municipal hospital in the US.
  • Boston University is the home of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories—also an SPH neighbor.

Boston University: Top Tier Research University

  • Boston is a city alive with student-fueled energy, creativity, passion, and inquiry. At its core is Boston University. With 17 schools and colleges and more than 33,000 full- and part-time students, BU is the largest university in Boston. Students benefit from all that a large institution has to offer, but at the same time enjoy a small school feel as members of the School of Public Health community.
  • With that size comes the advantage of tremendous diversity and choice. At BU, you will be part of a community with members from all over the world drawn together by the vast educational offerings of a large research university with an urban setting and rich history and cultural environment.
  • As an SPH student, you will have access to university-wide resources and facilities, including all libraries, athletic facilities, events and activities, and student services offerings.
  • BU faculty are experts in their fields, generating groundbreaking research and scholarship across schools and departments. They bring their understanding of the newest research trends and findings to the classroom, making BU one of the nation’s premier institutions of graduate education.

Learn more about research at SPH and across Boston University.

SPH: A Revolutionary Approach to the Study and Practice of Public Health

  • Faculty see students as burgeoning colleagues, with an “open door” policy that encourages more meaningful mentorship and collaboration.
  • We are supportive, not competitive. The SPH community is focused on your success.
  • The school believes that fostering diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice is essential to fulfilling our mission as an academic public health institution; a mission firmly rooted in social justice.
  • Personalized advising focuses on your career and professional development as you progress through the program.
  • You will have the ability to join social and professional groups on and off campus, expanding your networks through formal and informal channels.

Challenging, Engaging, and Supportive Learning Environment

  • SPH offers courses taught by senior faculty who are experienced public health practitioners and researchers. From large, community-based interventions to Big Data analysis, SPH faculty conduct cutting-edge research and engage in scholarship that informs the curriculum, advances the practice of public health, and informs the public conversation about a wide range of issues. From them, you will gain firsthand insight into emerging research and the most current thinking within public health practice.
  • Instructors are dedicated to student-centered learning that focuses on what you need to know and be able to do as a public health practitioner.
  • As a school, we are dedicated to practice-based education that enhances student learning and skill development.
  • Our courses promote teamwork with peers in order to create a collaborative learning environment for students.
  • We are committed to your learning outside of the classroom as well with guest lectures, film screenings, discussion groups, and artistic events, open to the entire community.

Consider taking courses as a non-degree student. Learn more about non-degree course options prior to matriculation.

Read about our academic programs and learn about how each aligns with your background, interests, and goals.

Opportunities Abound: Research, Practice, and Community Service

  • Complete practicum projects at over 300 sites annually, where students make real contributions toward improving population health while gaining valuable experience and building their professional networks.
  • With hundreds of classes offered every year and faculty working on countless research projects, there are many opportunities to become a teaching assistant or research assistant.
  • As a large university, BU continually seeks applicants for full-time and part-time employment opportunities.
  • Get involved with the Greater Boston community through organized volunteer opportunities, spotlight series activities, and student organizations.

SPH Career Services: Your Competitive Edge

  • Career Servicesoffers a comprehensive suite of services to help you land a meaningful position now and for a lifetime.
  • Employer and alumni networking events are offered regularly throughout the academic year to help you map out your dream career.
  • SPH has established relationships with employers across a variety of settings that can help you identify a meaningful practicum and get you started in a rewarding career.
  • Check career outcomes—What can you do with a degree in Public Health?

Population Health Exchange

Would you be interested in gaining additional skills in a less traditional format? Check out BUSPH’s Population Health Exchange (PHX) for online and in-person courses, webinars, podcasts, and more to stay engaged, enhance your public health toolkit, and keep the conversation going!

NEW: Essentials of Biostatistics with JMP® | Online | Noncredit | 40 hours| Get a comprehensive introduction to the use of biostatistics in the field of public health with this PHX class. Taught by SPH Associate Dean for Education and Professor of Biostatistics Lisa Sullivan. Earn a BU credential.

Visit SPH!

Visit campus and get a feel for our school community. That is the best way to know if SPH is the best fit for your personal, professional, academic, and career goals.

As you learn about our offerings, please don’t hesitate to contact Admissions with any questions. We look forward to the prospect of seeing you on campus!

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