Jonathan Levy

Jonathan I. Levy, ScD

Chair and Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Levy is Chair of the Department of Environmental Health. His research centers on urban environmental exposure and health risk modeling, with an emphasis on spatiotemporal exposure patterns and related environmental justice issues. Application areas include air pollution, climate change, and COVID-19. Recent and ongoing research topics include spatial patterns of air pollution in near-airport communities, the cardiovascular health effects of aviation-related noise, the public health co-benefits and equity implications of investments to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector, the application of systems science approaches to evaluate the benefits of housing interventions on pediatric asthma, and the patterns and predictors of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. He co-directed the Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH), which involved interdisciplinary research activities connecting environmental epidemiology, exposure science, and health disparities modeling, with a focus on the indoor environment and community-engaged research. He currently serves as an Associate Director of the URBAN PhD program.

He has been a member of several National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Science for EPA's Future, the Committee on Health Impact Assessment, and the Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used by the US Environmental Protection Agency. He also served on the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, which provided guidance to EPA on the impact of the Clean Air Act on health, the economy, and the environment.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • Harvard College, BA Field of Study: Applied Mathematics


  • Published on 7/29/2023

    Haley BM, Patil P, Levy JI, Spangler KR, Tieskens KF, Carnes F, Peng X, Klevens RM, Troppy TS, Fabian MP, Lane KJ, Leibler JH. Evaluating COVID-19 Risk to Essential Workers by Occupational Group: A Case Study in Massachusetts. J Community Health. 2023 Jul 29. PMID: 37507525.

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  • Published on 7/11/2023

    Buckley S, Connolly CL, Levy JI, Templer PH, Ashmore J, Carvalho L, Phillips N, Fabian MP. Carbon, indoor air, energy and financial benefits of coupled ventilation upgrade and enhanced rooftop garden installation: an interdisciplinary climate mitigation approach. Sustainable Cities and Society. 2023; 97:104792.

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  • Published on 6/21/2023

    Grady ST, Hart JE, Laden F, Roscoe C, Nguyen DD, Nelson EJ, Bozigar M, VoPham T, Manson JE, Weuve J, Adar SD, Former JP, Rexrode K, Levy JI, Peters JL. Associations between long-term aircraft noise exposure, cardiovascular disease, and mortality in US cohorts of female nurses. Environmental Epidemiology. 2023; 7(4):e259.

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  • Published on 4/14/2023

    Bozigar M, Huang T, Redline S, Hart JE, Grady ST, Nguyen DD, James P, Nicholas B, Levy JI, Laden F, Peters JL. Associations between Aircraft Noise Exposure and Self-Reported Sleep Duration and Quality in the United States-Based Prospective Nurses' Health Study Cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Apr; 131(4):47010. PMID: 37058435.

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  • Published on 3/1/2023

    Chung CS, Lane KJ, Black-Ingersoll F, Kolaczyk E, Schollaert C, Li S, Simon MC, Levy JI. Assessing the impact of aircraft arrival on ambient ultrafine particle number concentrations in near-airport communities in Boston, Massachusetts. Environ Res. 2023 May 15; 225:115584. PMID: 36868447.

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  • Published on 2/21/2023

    Patil P, Peng X, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Tieskens KF, Lane KJ, Carnes F, Fabian MP, Klevens RM, Troppy TS, Leibler JH, Levy JI. Influence of geospatial resolution on sociodemographic predictors of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Ann Epidemiol. 2023 Apr; 80:62-68.e3. PMID: 36822278.

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  • Published on 2/1/2023

    Levy JI, Bowleg L. New Frameworks for Engaging Communities to Confront HIV, COVID-19, and Climate Change Health Inequities. Am J Public Health. 2023 Feb; 113(2):175-176. PMID: 36652646.

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  • Published on 1/31/2023

    Bor J, Assoumou SA, Lane K, Diaz Y, Ojikutu BO, Raifman J, Levy JI. Inequities in COVID-19 vaccine and booster coverage across Massachusetts ZIP codes after the emergence of Omicron: A population-based cross-sectional study. PLoS Med. 2023 Jan; 20(1):e1004167. PMID: 36719864.

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  • Published on 1/27/2023

    Lane KJ, Levy JI, Patton AP, Durant JL, Zamore W, Brugge D. Relationship between traffic-related air pollution and inflammation biomarkers using structural equation modeling. Sci Total Environ. 2023 Apr 20; 870:161874. PMID: 36716891.

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  • Published on 1/12/2023

    Woodruff TJ, Rayasam SDG, Axelrad DA, Koman PD, Chartres N, Bennett DH, Birnbaum LS, Brown P, Carignan CC, Cooper C, Cranor CF, Diamond ML, Franjevic S, Gartner EC, Hattis D, Hauser R, Heiger-Bernays W, Joglekar R, Lam J, Levy JI, MacRoy PM, Maffini MV, Marquez EC, Morello-Frosch R, Nachman KE, Nielsen GH, Oksas C, Abrahamsson DP, Patisaul HB, Patton S, Robinson JF, Rodgers KM, Rossi MS, Rudel RA, Sass JB, Sathyanarayana S, Schettler T, Shaffer RM, Shamasunder B, Shepard PM, Shrader-Frechette K, Solomon GM, Subra WA, Vandenberg LN, Varshavsky JR, White RF, Zarker K, Zeise L. A science-based agenda for health-protective chemical assessments and decisions: overview and consensus statement. Environ Health. 2023 Jan 12; 21(Suppl 1):132. PMID: 36635734.

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