Robert Horsburgh

C. Robert Horsburgh, Jr, MD

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Horsburgh has 30 years of experience in public health and medicine. He currently holds faculty positions in the Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Global Health and Medicine. Dr. Horsburgh teaches courses in the Epidemiology of AIDS, the Epidemiology of Tuberculosis and Vaccine Epidemiology. His research focuses on tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacterial infections and opportunistic infections in AIDS. Currently, he is involved in research in Brazil, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Vietnam and the Philippines. He is the Vice-President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) and Chairman of the Steering Committee of RESIST-TB, an international organization dedicated to improving MDR-TB treatment through Clinical Trials and dissemination of best practices (

Other Positions

  • Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Biostatistics - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Medicine - Boston University School of Medicine
  • - Boston Medical Center


  • Case Western Reserve University, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • Yale University, MS Field of Study: Urban Studies
  • Princeton University, AB Field of Study: Architecture

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP730
  • SPHEP764
  • SPHEP784
  • SPHEP911


  • Published on 6/22/2022

    Kuzyk PV, Padilla R, Rybak NR, Hoshovska II, Kitov VO, Savchyna MO, Jenkins HE, Chiang SS, Horsburgh CR, Dolynska M, Petrenko V, Gychka SG. Missed Tuberculosis Diagnoses: Analysis of Pediatric Autopsy Data From General Hospitals in Lviv, Ukraine. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2022 Jun 22; 11(6):300-302. PMID: 35395086.

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  • Published on 6/11/2022

    Barathi A, Krishnamoorthy Y, Sinha P, Horsburgh C, Hochberg N, Johnson E, Salgame P, Govindarajan S, Senbagavalli PB, Lakshinarayanan S, Roy G, Ellner J, Sarkar S. Effect of treatment adherence on the association between sex and unfavourable treatment outcomes among tuberculosis patients in Puducherry, India: a mediation analysis. J Public Health (Oxf). 2022 Jun 11. PMID: 35692180.

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  • Published on 6/6/2022

    Horsburgh CR, Jo Y, Nichols B, Jenkins HE, Russell CA, White LF. The contribution of reinfection to annual rate of tuberculosis infection (ARI) and incidence of TB disease. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Jun 06. PMID: 35666515.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Lazarchik A, Nyaruhirira AU, Chiang CY, Wares F, Horsburgh CR. Global availability of susceptibility testing for second-line anti-tuberculosis agents. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2022 Jun 01; 26(6):524-528. PMID: 35650708.

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  • Published on 5/15/2022

    Lange C, Barry CE, Horsburgh CR. Treatments of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Light at the End of the Tunnel. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 May 15; 205(10):1142-1144. PMID: 35320062.

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  • Published on 5/3/2022

    Kim S, Cohen T, Horsburgh CR, Miller JW, Hill AN, Marks SM, Li R, Kammerer JS, Salomon JA, Menzies NA. Trends, Mechanisms, and Racial/Ethnic Differences of Tuberculosis Incidence in the US-Born Population Aged 50 Years or Older in the United States. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 May 03; 74(9):1594-1603. PMID: 34323959.

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  • Published on 3/10/2022

    Runels T, Ragan EJ, Ventura AS, Winter MR, White LF, Horsburgh CR, Samet JH, Saitz R, Jacobson KR. Testing and treatment for latent tuberculosis infection in people living with HIV and substance dependence: a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2022 03 10; 12(3):e058751. PMID: 35273063.

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  • Published on 1/7/2022

    Kaipilyawar V, Zhao Y, Wang X, Joseph NM, Knudsen S, Babu SP, Muthaiah M, Hochberg NS, Sarkar S, Horsburgh CR, Ellner JJ, Johnson WE, Salgame P. Development and validation of a parsimonious TB gene signature using the digital NanoString nCounter platform. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Jan 07. PMID: 35015839.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Cassidy T, Cornell M, Runeyi P, Dutyulwa T, Kilani C, Duran LT, Zokufa N, de Azevedo V, Boulle A, Horsburgh CR, Fox MP. Attrition from HIV care among youth initiating ART in youth-only clinics compared with general primary healthcare clinics in Khayelitsha, South Africa: a matched propensity score analysis. J Int AIDS Soc. 2022 01; 25(1):e25854. PMID: 35077610.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Leavitt SV, Horsburgh CR, Lee RS, Tibbs AM, White LF, Jenkins HE. What Can Genetic Relatedness Tell Us About Risk Factors for Tuberculosis Transmission? Epidemiology. 2022 01 01; 33(1):55-64. PMID: 34847084.

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