Matthew Fox

Matthew P. Fox, DSc

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH, is a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Global Health at Boston University. Dr. Fox joined Boston University in 2001. His research interests include treatment outcomes in HIV-treatment programs, infectious disease epidemiology (with specific interests in HIV and pneumonia), and epidemiologic methods. Dr. Fox works on ways to improve retention in HIV-care programs in South Africa from the time of testing HIV-positive through long-term treatment. As part of this work, he is involved in analyses to assess the impact of changes in South Africa’s National Treatment Guidelines for HIV. Dr. Fox also does research on quantitative bias analysis and co-authored a book on these methods, Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Data ( He is also the host of a public health journal club podcast called Free Associations designed to help people stay current in the public health literature and think critically about the quality of research studies ( and a podcast on Epidemiologic Methods called SERious Epi ( He currently teaches a third-level epidemiologic methods class, Advanced Epidemiology as well as two other doctoral level epidemiologic methods courses. Dr. Fox is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health with a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics and a doctorate in epidemiology.

Other Positions

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


  • Boston University School of Public Health, DSc Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Bates College, BA Field of Study: English Literature

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP854
  • SPHEP860
  • SPHEP861
  • SPHEP862


  • Published on 4/16/2022

    LeClair J, Weuve J, Fox MP, Mez J, Alosco ML, Nowinski C, McKee A, Tripodis Y. Selection Bias Analysis Supports Dose-Response Relationship between Level of American Football Play and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Diagnosis. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Apr 16. PMID: 35434739.

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  • Published on 3/24/2022

    Molino AR, Andersen KM, Sawyer SB, Ðoàn LN, Rivera YM, James BD, Fox MP, Murray EJ, D'Agostino McGowan L, Jarrett BA. The Expert Next Door: Interactions With Friends and Family During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 24; 191(4):552-556. PMID: 34618006.

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  • Published on 3/22/2022

    Fox MP, Murray EJ, Lesko CR, Sealy-Jefferson S. On the Need to Revitalize Descriptive Epidemiology. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 22. PMID: 35325036.

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  • Published on 3/8/2022

    Fox MP, Nianogo R, Rudolph JE, Howe CJ. Illustrating How to Simulate Data from DAGs to Understand Epidemiologic Concepts. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 08. PMID: 35259232.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Lash TL, Fox MP. Misconceptions About Misclassification: Non-Differential Misclassification Does Not Always Bias Results Toward the Null. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 01. PMID: 35231925.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Bouck Z, Tricco AC, Rosella LC, Ling V, Gomes T, Tadrous M, Fox MP, Scheim AI, Werb D. Validation of Self-reported Opioid Agonist Treatment Among People Who Inject Drugs Using Prescription Dispensation Records. Epidemiology. 2022 03 01; 33(2):287-294. PMID: 34799473.

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  • Published on 1/29/2022

    Ballif M, Christ B, Anderegg N, Chammartin F, Muhairwe J, Jefferys L, Hector J, van Dijk J, Vinikoor MJ, van Lettow M, Chimbetete C, Phiri SJ, Onoya D, Fox MP, Egger M. Tracing People Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Who Are Lost to Follow-up at Antiretroviral Therapy Programs in Southern Africa: A Sampling-Based Cohort Study in 6 Countries. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 01 29; 74(2):171-179. PMID: 33993219.

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  • Published on 1/27/2022

    Bor J, Kluberg SA, LaValley MP, Evans D, Hirasen K, Maskew M, Long L, Fox MP. One Pill, Once a Day: Simplified Treatment Regimens and Retention in HIV Care. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jan 27. PMID: 35081613.

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  • Published on 1/5/2022

    Petersen JM, Barrett M, Ahrens KA, Murray EJ, Bryant AS, Hogue CJ, Mumford SL, Gadupudi S, Fox MP, Trinquart L. The confounder matrix: A tool to assess confounding bias in systematic reviews of observational studies of etiology. Res Synth Methods. 2022 Mar; 13(2):242-254. PMID: 34954912.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Nyakato P, Schomaker M, Fatti G, Tanser F, Euvrard J, Sipambo N, Fox MP, Haas AD, Yiannoutsos CT, Davies MA, Cornell M. Virologic non-suppression and early loss to follow up among pregnant and non-pregnant adolescents aged 15-19 years initiating antiretroviral therapy in South Africa: a retrospective cohort study. J Int AIDS Soc. 2022 01; 25(1):e25870. PMID: 35032096.

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