Jacob Bor, SD

Assistant Professor, Global Health
Jacob Bor
(617) 414-1260jbor@bu.edu
Crosstown Center
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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

  • Center Faculty Member, Center for Global Health & Development , Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard School of Public Health, SD
  • Harvard College, AB
  • Harvard School of Public Health, SM/ScM


  • Published on 3/13/2018

    Oldenburg CE, Bor J, Harling G, Tanser F, Mutevedzi T, Shahmanesh M, Seage GR, De Gruttola V, Mimiaga MJ, Mayer KH, Pillay D, Bärnighausen T. Impact of early antiretroviral therapy eligibility on HIV acquisition: household-level evidence from rural South Africa. AIDS. 2018 Mar 13; 32(5):635-643. PMID: 29334546.

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  • Published on 3/4/2018

    Carmona S, Bor J, Nattey C, Maughan-Brown B, Maskew M, Fox MP, Glencross DK, Ford N, MacLeod WB. Persistent High Burden of Advanced HIV Disease Among Patients Seeking Care in South Africa's National HIV Program: Data From a Nationwide Laboratory Cohort. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Mar 04; 66(suppl_2):S111-S117. PMID: 29514238.

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  • Published on 2/21/2018

    Walkey AJ, Drainoni ML, Cordella N, Bor J. Advancing Quality Improvement with Regression Discontinuity Designs. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 Feb 21. PMID: 29466673.

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  • Published on 1/10/2018

    Bor J, Chiu C, Ahmed S, Katz I, Fox MP, Rosen S, Yapa M, Tanser F, Pillay D, Bärnighausen T. Failure to initiate HIV treatment in patients with high CD4 counts: evidence from demographic surveillance in rural South Africa. Trop Med Int Health. 2018 Feb; 23(2):206-220. PMID: 29160949.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Griffith K, Evans L, Bor J. Disparities In Access: The Authors Reply. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Dec; 36(12):2211. PMID: 29200342.

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  • Published on 11/28/2017

    Bor J, Fox MP, Rosen S, Venkataramani A, Tanser F, Pillay D, Bärnighausen T. Treatment eligibility and retention in clinical HIV care: A regression discontinuity study in South Africa. PLoS Med. 2017 Nov; 14(11):e1002463. PMID: 29182641.

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  • Published on 10/10/2017

    Reniers G, Blom S, Lieber J, Herbst AJ, Calvert C, Bor J, Barnighausen T, Zaba B, Li ZR, Clark SJ, Grant AD, Lessells R, Eaton JW, Hosegood V. Tuberculosis mortality and the male survival deficit in rural South Africa: An observational community cohort study. PLoS One. 2017; 12(10):e0185692. PMID: 29016619.

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  • Published on 8/17/2017

    Bor J. Diverging Life Expectancies and Voting Patterns in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Am J Public Health. 2017 Oct; 107(10):1560-1562. PMID: 28817322.

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  • Published on 7/26/2017

    Griffith K, Evans L, Bor J. The Affordable Care Act Reduced Socioeconomic Disparities In Health Care Access. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Jul 26. PMID: 28747321.

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  • Published on 6/15/2017

    Bor J, Ahmed S, Fox MP, Rosen S, Meyer-Rath G, Katz IT, Tanser F, Pillay D, Bärnighausen T. Effect of eliminating CD4-count thresholds on HIV treatment initiation in South Africa: An empirical modeling study. PLoS One. 2017; 12(6):e0178249. PMID: 28617805.

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