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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH795
  • SPHEH961


  • Published on 6/6/2024

    Tore G, Greif Green J, Noguchi J, Echevarría-Ramos M, Peters JL, Levy JI, Botana Martinez MP, Ceballos DM. Development and evaluation of two educational sessions on take-home lead exposure prevention for construction workers and their families. Ann Work Expo Health. 2024 Jun 06. PMID: 38843454.

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  • Published on 4/15/2024

    Bozigar M, Laden F, Hart JE, Redline S, Huang T, Whitsel EA, Nelson EJ, Grady ST, Levy JI, Peters JL. Aircraft noise exposure and body mass index among female participants in two Nurses' Health Study prospective cohorts living around 90 airports in the United States. Environ Int. 2024 May; 187:108660. PMID: 38677085.

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  • Published on 4/3/2024

    Khalili R, Legaspi JM, Fabian MP, Levy JI, Korrick SA, Vieira VM. Multiple Prenatal Exposures and Acute Care Clinical Encounters for Asthma among Children Born to Mothers Living near a Superfund Site. Am J Epidemiol. 2024 Apr 03. PMID: 38576180.

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  • Published on 3/12/2024

    Berberian AG, Perera F, Arunachalam S, Levy JI, Buckley L, Arter C, Coomes KE, Buonocore JJ. Children’s health impacts from a proposed decarbonization policy in the transportation sector in the Eastern United States. Environmental Research Letters. 2024; 4(19):044001 .

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  • Published on 1/30/2024

    Templer P, Atherton KF, Conrad-Rooney E, Ho H, Hutyra LR, Ianniello CF, Kashian DR, Levy JI, Meshoulam D, Urban MC. Strengthening graduate education and addressing environmental challenges through solutions-oriented partnerships and interdisciplinary training. Sustain Earth Rev. 2024; 3(7).

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  • Published on 12/27/2023

    Wesselink AK, Kirwa K, Hystad P, Kaufman JD, Szpiro AA, Willis MD, Savitz DA, Levy JI, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Laursen ASD, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Ambient air pollution and rate of spontaneous abortion. Environ Res. 2024 Apr 01; 246:118067. PMID: 38157969.

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  • Published on 12/21/2023

    Levy JI. Milbank Quarterly. Getting the lead out: The public health benefits of infrastructure upgrades. 2023.

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  • Published on 11/10/2023

    Connolly CL, Milando CW, Vermeer K, Ashmore J, Carvalho L, Levy JI, Fabian MP. Simulating Energy Use, Indoor Temperatures, and Utility Cost Impacts Amidst a Warming Climate in a Multi-family Housing Model. J Urban Health. 2023 Dec; 100(6):1234-1245. PMID: 37947996.

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  • Published on 11/3/2023

    Levy J. The Conversation. When science showed in the 1970s that gas stoves produced harmful indoor air pollution, the industry reached for tobacco’s PR playbook. 2023.

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  • Published on 10/4/2023

    Wesselink AK, Hystad P, Kirwa K, Kaufman JD, Willis MD, Wang TR, Szpiro AA, Levy JI, Savitz DA, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Air pollution and fecundability in a North American preconception cohort study. Environ Int. 2023 Nov; 181:108249. PMID: 37862861.

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