Jonathan S. Jay, DrPH, JD

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Jonathan Jay studies urban health, especially youth exposure to gun violence, as an assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He works at the intersection of data science and community health, focusing on relationships between the built environment and health and safety risks. He leads Shape-Up, a project using analytics to help city residents reduce firearm violence through environmental improvements (winner of the $100k Everytown for Gun Safety Prize and a 2019 Solver with MIT Solve). Dr. Jay previously served as a research fellow for the Firearm-Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium, led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and for the Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children's Hospital. He also consults on public health and safety with Portland (OR) Fire & Rescue.

Before receiving his doctorate in public health (DrPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Jay trained as a lawyer-ethicist and worked in global health policy. He received a BA with honors from Brown University, a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and an MA in philosophy from Georgetown University.


  • 2018 - Harvard University, DPH/DrPH Field of Study: Public Health
  • 2009 - Georgetown University, JD Field of Study: Law
  • 2009 - Georgetown University, MA Field of Study: Philosophy


  • Published on 11/3/2020

    Jay J, Bor J, Nsoesie EO, Lipson SK, Jones DK, Galea S, Raifman J. Neighbourhood income and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Nat Hum Behav. 2020 12; 4(12):1294-1302. PMID: 33144713.

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  • Published on 9/7/2020

    Nsoesie EO, Lima Neto AS, Jay J, Wang H, Zinszer K, Saha S, Maharana A, Marinho F, Soares Filho AM. Mapping disparities in homicide trends across Brazil: 2000-2014. Inj Epidemiol. 2020 Sep 07; 7(1):47. PMID: 32892747.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Nguyen QC, Huang Y, Kumar A, Duan H, Keralis JM, Dwivedi P, Meng HW, Brunisholz KD, Jay J, Javanmardi M, Tasdizen T. Using 164 Million Google Street View Images to Derive Built Environment Predictors of COVID-19 Cases. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 09 01; 17(17). PMID: 32882867.

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  • Published on 7/5/2020

    Wong B, Bernstein S, Jay J, Siegel M. Differences in Racial Disparities in Firearm Homicide across Cities: The Role of Racial Residential Segregation and Gaps in Structural Disadvantage. J Natl Med Assoc. 2020 Oct; 112(5):518-530. PMID: 32641258.

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  • Published on 1/6/2020

    Jay J, Miratrix LW, Branas CC, Zimmerman MA, Hemenway D. A response to 'Comment on "Urban building demolitions, firearm violence and drug crime"'. J Behav Med. 2020 02; 43(1):152-153. PMID: 31907742.

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  • Published on 8/29/2019

    Jay J. Alcohol outlets and firearm violence: a place-based case-control study using satellite imagery and machine learning. Inj Prev. 2020 02; 26(1):61-66. PMID: 31467144.

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  • Published on 8/1/2019

    Jay J, Miratrix LW, Branas CC, Zimmerman MA, Hemenway D. Urban building demolitions, firearm violence and drug crime. J Behav Med. 2019 Aug; 42(4):626-634. PMID: 31367928.

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  • Published on 8/1/2019

    Oliphant SN, Mouch CA, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Hargarten S, Jay J, Hemenway D, Zimmerman M, Carter PM. A scoping review of patterns, motives, and risk and protective factors for adolescent firearm carriage. J Behav Med. 2019 Aug; 42(4):763-810. PMID: 31367939.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Heymann DL, Jay J, Kock R. The One Health path to infectious disease prevention and resilience. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2017 06 01; 111(6):233-234. PMID: 29044375.

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  • Published on 1/31/2017

    Warshaw MG, Carey VJ, McFarland EJ, Dawson L, Abrams E, Melvin A, Fairlie L, Spiegel H, Jay J, Agwu AL. The interaction between equipoise and logistics in clinical trials: A case study. Clin Trials. 2017 Jun; 14(3):314-318. PMID: 28135804.

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