Jacob Bor

Jacob Bor, SD

Assistant Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health



Jacob Bor, ScD, SM, is Assistant Professor and Peter T. Paul Career Development Professor in the Departments of Global Health (primary) and Epidemiology. His research applies the analytical tools of economics to the study of population health, with a focus on HIV treatment and prevention in southern Africa. Current research interests include economic spillover effects of HIV treatment on patients, households, and communities; decision-making in HIV-endemic risk environments; population health impacts of social policy; and causal inference in public health research. His work has been published in Science, Lancet, PLOS Medicine, and other journals. Prior to his graduate training at Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Bor worked with an HIV-prevention NGO in Botswana, Lesotho, and South Africa. He is a faculty affiliate of BU's Global Development Policy Center, a Junior Faculty Fellow at BU's Hariri Institute for Computational Science, an affiliate of the Africa Health Research Institute (www.africacentre.ac.za), and Senior Research at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (www.heroza.org) in South Africa. For additional and up-to-date information: http://sites.bu.edu/jbor.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development - Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard School of Public Health, SD Field of Study: Global Health Management
  • Harvard College, AB Field of Study: Social Sciences
  • Harvard School of Public Health, SM/ScM Field of Study: Economics

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH720


  • Published on 4/28/2022

    Yapa HM, Kim HY, Petoumenos K, Post FA, Jiamsakul A, De Neve JW, Tanser F, Iwuji C, Baisley K, Shahmanesh M, Pillay D, Siedner MJ, Bärnighausen T, Bor J. CD4+ T-Cell Count at Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation in the "Treat-All" Era in Rural South Africa: An Interrupted Time Series Analysis. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Apr 28; 74(8):1350-1359. PMID: 34309633.

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  • Published on 2/4/2022

    Bosch NA, Law AC, Bor J, Myers LC, Roubinian NH, Liu VX, Walkey AJ. Red Blood Cell Transfusion at a Hemoglobin Threshold of Seven g/dL in Critically Ill Patients: A Regression Discontinuity Study. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Feb 04. PMID: 35119978.

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  • Published on 1/27/2022

    Bor J, Kluberg SA, LaValley MP, Evans D, Hirasen K, Maskew M, Long L, Fox MP. One Pill, Once a Day: Simplified Treatment Regimens and Retention in HIV Care. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jan 27. PMID: 35081613.

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  • Published on 12/16/2021

    Koltai J, Raifman J, Bor J, McKee M, Stuckler D. COVID-19 Vaccination and Mental Health: A Difference-In-Difference Analysis of the Understanding America Study. Am J Prev Med. 2022 May; 62(5):679-687. PMID: 35012830.

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  • Published on 12/11/2021

    Bor J, Onoya D, Richman B, Mayer KH. A Failure to Disseminate Transformative Science - HIV Treatment as Prevention, 10 Years On. N Engl J Med. 2021 Dec 16; 385(25):2305-2307. PMID: 34890175.

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  • Published on 10/27/2021

    Nardell MF, Hedt-Gauthier B, Earnshaw VA, Bogart LM, Dietrich JJ, Courtney I, Tshabalala G, Bor J, Orrell C, Gray G, Bangsberg DR, Katz IT. Understanding Repeat Positive HIV Testing in South Africa Under Changing Treatment Guidelines. AIDS Behav. 2022 May; 26(5):1366-1376. PMID: 34705150.

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  • Published on 9/11/2021

    Bor J, Musakwa N, Onoya D, Evans D. Perceived efficacy of HIV treatment-as-prevention among university students in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sex Transm Infect. 2021 12; 97(8):596-600. PMID: 34510009.

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  • Published on 9/3/2021

    Zaniewski E, Brazier E, Ostinelli CHD, Wood R, Osler M, Technau KG, van Oosterhout JJ, Maxwell N, van Dijk J, Prozesky H, Fox MP, Bor J, Nash D, Egger M. Regression discontinuity analysis demonstrated varied effect of Treat-All on CD4 testing among Southern African countries. J Clin Epidemiol. 2021 12; 140:101-110. PMID: 34487837.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Stokes AC, Lundberg DJ, Bor J, Elo IT, Hempstead K, Preston SH. Association of Health Care Factors With Excess Deaths Not Assigned to COVID-19 in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 09 01; 4(9):e2125287. PMID: 34515787.

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  • Published on 7/28/2021

    Koltai J, Raifman J, Bor J, McKee M, Stuckler D. Does COVID-19 vaccination improve mental health? A difference-in-difference analysis of the Understanding Coronavirus in America study. medRxiv. 2021 Jul 28. PMID: 34341801.

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