Jonathan Levy

Jonathan I. Levy, ScD

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.

Other Positions

  • Chair, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH961


  • Published on 11/1/2022

    Levy JI. 2022 Inflation Reduction Act: Climate Investments Are Public Health Investments. Am J Public Health. 2022 Nov; 112(11):1525. PMID: 36223579.

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  • Published on 9/7/2022

    Coomes KE, Buonocore JJ, Levy JI, Arter C, Arunachalam S, Buckley L, Berberian A, Gunasti J, Perera F. Assessment of the health benefits to children of a transportation climate policy in New York City. Environ Res. 2022 Dec; 215(Pt 3):114165. PMID: 36087775.

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  • Published on 9/2/2022

    Spangler KR, Levy JI, Fabian MP, Haley BM, Carnes F, Patil P, Tieskens K, Klevens RM, Erdman EA, Troppy TS, Leibler JH, Lane KJ. Missing Race and Ethnicity Data among COVID-19 Cases in Massachusetts. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 Sep 02. PMID: 36056195.

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  • Published on 8/15/2022

    Mueller SC, Hudda N, Levy JI, Durant JL, Patil P, Lee NF, Weiss I, Tatro T, Duhl T, Lane K. Changes in Ultrafine Particle Concentrations near a Major Airport Following Reduced Transportation Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2022 Sep 13; 9(9):706-711. PMID: 36118960.

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  • Published on 6/30/2022

    Bozigar M, Connolly CL, Legler A, Adams WG, Milando CW, Reynolds DB, Carnes F, Jimenez RB, Peer K, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. In-home environmental exposures predicted from geospatial characteristics of the built environment and electronic health records of children with asthma. Ann Epidemiol. 2022 Sep; 73:38-47. PMID: 35779709.

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  • Published on 6/9/2022

    Milando CW, Carnes F, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. Sensitivity of modeled residential fine particulate matter exposure to select building and source characteristics: A case study using public data in Boston, MA. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Sep 20; 840:156625. PMID: 35691344.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Connolly CL, Milando CW, Tieskens KF, Ashmore J, Carvalho L, Levy JI, Fabian MP. Impact of meteorology on indoor air quality, energy use, and health in a typical mid-rise multi-family home in the eastern United States. Indoor Air. 2022 Jun; 32(6):e13065. PMID: 35762242.

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  • Published on 3/14/2022

    Filigrana P, Levy JI, Gauthier J, Batterman S, Adar SD. Health benefits from cleaner vehicles and increased active transportation in Seattle, Washington. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Jul; 32(4):538-544. PMID: 35288650.

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  • Published on 2/15/2022

    Simon MC, Hart JE, Levy JI, VoPham T, Malwitz A, Nguyen D, Bozigar M, Cupples LA, James P, Laden F, Peters JL. Sociodemographic Patterns of Exposure to Civil Aircraft Noise in the United States. Environ Health Perspect. 2022 02; 130(2):27009. PMID: 35167327.

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  • Published on 1/4/2022

    Chu MT, Ettinger de Cuba S, Fabian MP, Lane KJ, James-Todd T, Williams DR, Coull BA, Carnes F, Massaro M, Levy JI, Laden F, Sandel M, Adamkiewicz G, Zanobetti A. The immigrant birthweight paradox in an urban cohort: Role of immigrant enclaves and ambient air pollution. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Jul; 32(4):571-582. PMID: 34980894.

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