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

  • SPHGH942


  • Published on 3/31/2021

    Bor J, Gage A, Onoya D, Maskew M, Tripodis Y, Fox MP, Puren A, Carmona S, Mlisana K, MacLeod W. Variation in HIV care and treatment outcomes by facility in South Africa, 2011-2015: A cohort study. PLoS Med. 2021 Mar; 18(3):e1003479. PMID: 33789340.

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  • Published on 2/18/2021

    Ellison J, Griffith K, Thursby M, Slusky DJG, Bor J. The Impact of Driving Time to Family Planning Facilities on Preventive Service Use in Ohio. Am J Prev Med. 2021 04; 60(4):542-545. PMID: 33612339.

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  • Published on 2/11/2021

    Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, Ahmed S, Bailey Z, Bassett MT, Bird M, Bor J, Bor D, Carrasquillo O, Chowkwanyun M, Dickman SL, Fisher S, Gaffney A, Galea S, Gottfried RN, Grumbach K, Guyatt G, Hansen H, Landrigan PJ, Lighty M, McKee M, McCormick D, McGregor A, Mirza R, Morris JE, Mukherjee JS, Nestle M, Prine L, Saadi A, Schiff D, Shapiro M, Tesema L, Venkataramani A. Public policy and health in the Trump era. Lancet. 2021 Feb 20; 397(10275):705-753. PMID: 33581802.

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  • Published on 2/3/2021

    Onoya D, Sineke T, Mokhele I, Bor J, Fox MP, Miot J. Understanding the Reasons for Deferring ART Among Patients Diagnosed Under the Same-Day-ART Policy in Johannesburg, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2021 Feb 03. PMID: 33534055.

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  • Published on 2/1/2021

    Onoya D, Hendrickson C, Sineke T, Maskew M, Long L, Bor J, Fox MP. Attrition in HIV care following HIV diagnosis: a comparison of the pre-UTT and UTT eras in South Africa. J Int AIDS Soc. 2021 Feb; 24(2):e25652. PMID: 33605061.

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  • Published on 1/22/2021

    Musakwa NO, Bor J, Nattey C, Lönnermark E, Nyasulu P, Long L, Evans D. Perceived barriers to the uptake of health services among first-year university students in Johannesburg, South Africa. PLoS One. 2021; 16(1):e0245427. PMID: 33481852.

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  • Published on 1/6/2021

    Onoya D, Mokhele I, Sineke T, Mngoma B, Moolla A, Vujovic M, Bor J, Langa J, Fox MP. Health provider perspectives on the implementation of the same-day-ART initiation policy in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Health Res Policy Syst. 2021 Jan 06; 19(1):2. PMID: 33407574.

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  • Published on 1/4/2021

    Raifman J, Bor J, Venkataramani A. Association Between Receipt of Unemployment Insurance and Food Insecurity Among People Who Lost Employment During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 01 04; 4(1):e2035884. PMID: 33512519.

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  • Published on 12/31/2020

    Feyman Y, Bor J, Raifman J, Griffith KN. Effectiveness of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders varied by state. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12):e0245008. PMID: 33382849.

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  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Harlow AF, Bor J, Brennan AT, Maskew M, MacLeod W, Carmona S, Mlisana K, Fox MP. Impact of Viral Load Monitoring on Retention and Viral Suppression: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of South Africa's National Laboratory Cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 12 01; 189(12):1492-1501. PMID: 32648905.

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