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 ( 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
  • SPHEP911
  • SPHEP912
  • SPHPH784


  • Published on 5/24/2021

    Ehrenkranz P, Rosen S, Boulle A, Eaton JW, Ford N, Fox MP, Grimsrud A, Rice BD, Sikazwe I, Holmes CB. The revolving door of HIV care: Revising the service delivery cascade to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals. PLoS Med. 2021 May 24; 18(5):e1003651. PMID: 34029346.

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  • Published on 5/17/2021

    Tennant PWG, Murray EJ, Arnold KF, Berrie L, Fox MP, Gadd SC, Harrison WJ, Keeble C, Ranker LR, Textor J, Tomova GD, Gilthorpe MS, Ellison GTH. Use of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) to identify confounders in applied health research: review and recommendations. Int J Epidemiol. 2021 May 17; 50(2):620-632. PMID: 33330936.

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  • Published on 5/16/2021

    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 HIV who are lost to follow-up at ART programs in Southern Africa: A sampling-based cohort study in six countries. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 May 16. PMID: 33993219.

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  • Published on 5/12/2021

    Fox MP, Pascoe S, Huber AN, Murphy J, Phokojoe M, Gorgens M, Rosen S, Wilson D, Pillay Y, Fraser-Hurt N. Short-term Outcomes from a Cluster Randomized Evaluation of Adherence Clubs as Part of Differentiated HIV Care in South Africa. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2021 May 12. PMID: 33990490.

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  • Published on 5/4/2021

    Rudolph JE, Fox MP, Naimi AI. Simulation as a Tool for Teaching and Learning Epidemiologic Methods. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 05 04; 190(5):900-907. PMID: 33083814.

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  • Published on 5/1/2021

    Hoffman RM, Moyo C, Balakasi KT, Siwale Z, Hubbard J, Bardon A, Fox MP, Kakwesa G, Kalua T, Nyasa-Haambokoma M, Dovel K, Campbell PM, Tseng CH, Pisa PT, Cele R, Gupta S, Benade M, Long L, Xulu T, Sanne I, Rosen S. Multimonth dispensing of up to 6 months of antiretroviral therapy in Malawi and Zambia (INTERVAL): a cluster-randomised, non-blinded, non-inferiority trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2021 May; 9(5):e628-e638. PMID: 33865471.

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  • Published on 4/20/2021

    Petersen JM, Ranker LR, Barnard-Mayers R, MacLehose RF, Fox MP. A systematic review of quantitative bias analysis applied to epidemiological research. Int J Epidemiol. 2021 Apr 20. PMID: 33880532.

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  • Published on 4/6/2021

    Fox MP, D'Agostino McGowan L, James BD, Lessler J, Mehta SH, Murray EJ. Concerns About the Special Article on Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in High-Risk Outpatients With COVID-19. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 04 06; 190(4):491-495. PMID: 32860038.

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  • Published on 3/31/2021

    Bor J, Gage A, Onoya D, Maskew M, Tripodis Y, Fox MP, Puren A, Carmona S, Mlisana K, MacLeod W. Variation in HIV care and treatment outcomes by facility in South Africa, 2011-2015: A cohort study. PLoS Med. 2021 Mar; 18(3):e1003479. PMID: 33789340.

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  • Published on 3/29/2021

    Lash TL, Ahern TP, Collin LJ, Fox MP, MacLehose RF. Lash et al. Respond to "Dealing with the Inevitable Deficiencies of Bias Analysis-and All Analyses" and "Toward Better Bias Analysis". Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Mar 29. PMID: 33778843.

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