Meredith Brooks

Meredith Brooks, PhD

Assistant Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Meredith Brooks joined the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health in July 2022. She completed her M.P.H in Urban Health and Ph.D. in Population Health, both from Northeastern University, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tuberculosis Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Brooks is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations globally. Most recently, her research focuses on identifying interventions and strategies to improve detection, diagnoses, and care for children and adolescents with, or at high-risk of, tuberculosis by producing evidence to refine diagnostic algorithms, identify gaps in care and treatment, and to advance surveillance efforts. Her research also aims to develop and apply advanced statistical and machine learning approaches to improve tuberculosis indicators and outcomes. Dr. Brooks also has vast experience conducting large international clinical trials, with topics spanning from tuberculosis treatment to spinal anesthesia. Her research involvement has included partnerships and collaborations in Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Sierra Leone, and South Africa.

Dr. Brooks previously held an Early Career Award from the Thrasher Foundation and a Research Catalyst Award from the American Lung Association; she is also currently a Parker B. Francis Fellow in Pulmonary Research through the Francis Family Foundation. Dr. Brooks is a prior recipient of a National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (F32) and is currently the Principal Investigator of a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), both from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH. Her K01 Award explores tuberculosis transmission in adolescents through geospatial and genotypic analyses, as well as infectious disease modeling of transmission dynamics. Dr. Brooks recently won a Carlin Foundation Award for Public Health Innovation for which she proposed to develop a model to optimize the real-time movement of mobile screening units throughout a community to increase the detection of individuals with tuberculosis and to allocate resources more efficiently.

Dr. Brooks is the Department of Global Health's representative on the Faculty Senate and serves on the Practicum Committee. Dr. Brooks currently serves on the Editorial Boards at Public Library of Science (PLOS) One and British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open.


  • Northeastern University, PhD Field of Study: Population/Family Health Science
  • Northeastern University, MPH Field of Study: Public Health
  • Brandeis University, BA Field of Study: Health Science


  • Published on 2/28/2024

    Trevisi L, Brooks MB, Becerra MC, Calderón RI, Contreras CC, Galea JT, Jimenez J, Lecca LW, Yataco RM, Tovar X, Zhang Z, Murray M, Huang CC. Who Transmits Tuberculosis to Whom: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a Cohort Study in Lima, Peru. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2024 Feb 28. PMID: 38416532.

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  • Published on 1/3/2024

    Linde L, Brooks MB, Martinez L. Beyond Diagnosis: Xpert Cycle Threshold Values as Predictors of Tuberculosis Transmission. Clin Infect Dis. 2024 Jan 03. PMID: 38170190.

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  • Published on 12/20/2023

    Brooks MB, Pingali V, Nicholson T, Keshavjee S. Cost of inaction: a framework to estimate the economic cost of missing a patient with tuberculosis in the Indian context. BMJ Open. 2023 Dec 20; 13(12):e070717. PMID: 38128936.

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  • Published on 11/30/2023

    Brumwell A, Tso J, Pingali V, Millones AK, Jimenez J, Calderon RI, Barreda N, Lecca L, Nicholson T, Brooks M. A costing framework to compare tuberculosis infection tests. BMJ Glob Health. 2023 Nov 30; 8(11). PMID: 38035732.

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  • Published on 6/7/2023

    Mann J, Brooks MB, Kella F, Euller L, Adelman S, Sonnie M, van de Water B. The impact of clinical placement site, community clinic versus tertiary hospital, on midwifery students' clinical learning experience in Sierra Leone: a cohort study. BMC Med Educ. 2023 Jun 07; 23(1):416. PMID: 37287016.

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  • Published on 5/4/2023

    Brooks MB, Hussain H, Siddiqui S, Ahmed JF, Jaswal M, Amanullah F, Becerra M, Malik AA. Two Clinical Prediction Tools to Inform Rapid Tuberculosis Treatment Decision-making in Children. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2023 Jun; 10(6):ofad245. PMID: 37351457.

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  • Published on 2/8/2023

    Puma D, Yuen CM, Millones AK, Brooks MB, Jimenez J, Calderon RI, Lecca L, Becerra MC, Keshavjee S. Sensitivity of Various Case Detection Algorithms for Community-based Tuberculosis Screening. Clin Infect Dis. 2023 Feb 08; 76(3):e987-e989. PMID: 35723266.

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  • Published on 8/18/2022

    Yuen CM, Brooks MB, Millones AK, Acosta D, Del Águila-Rojas E, Campos H, Farroñay S, Morales G, Ramirez-Sandoval J, Nichols TC, Jimenez J, Jenkins HE, Lecca L. Geospatial analysis of reported activity locations to identify sites for tuberculosis screening. Sci Rep. 2022 Aug 18; 12(1):14094. PMID: 35982104.

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  • Published on 8/16/2022

    Saranjav A, Parisi C, Zhou X, Dorjnamjil K, Samdan T, Erdenebaatar S, Chuluun A, Dalkh T, Ganbaatar G, Brooks MB, Spiegelman D, Ganmaa D, Davis JL. Assessing the quality of tuberculosis care using routine surveillance data: a process evaluation employing the Zero TB Indicator Framework in Mongolia. BMJ Open. 2022 Aug 16; 12(8):e061229. PMID: 35973702.

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  • Published on 7/13/2022

    Dubois MM, Brooks MB, Malik AA, Siddiqui S, Ahmed JF, Jaswal M, Amanullah F, Becerra MC, Hussain H. Age-specific Clinical Presentation and Risk Factors for Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis Disease in Children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2022 08 01; 41(8):620-625. PMID: 35544720.

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