Michael B. Siegel, MD

Professor, Community Health Sciences
Michael Siegel
Crosstown Center – 438
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Michael is a physician who completed his residency in Preventive Medicine at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and trained in epidemiology for two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before coming to Boston. His primary research interests are in the areas of tobacco control, alcohol use, and firearm violence. His tobacco work has focused on secondhand smoke health effects, exposure, and policies, cigarette advertising and marketing practices and their effects on youths, and evaluation of tobacco control policies and their impact on youth and adult smoking behavior. His alcohol research has focused on the impact of brand-specific alcohol advertising on youth drinking behavior. His firearm research focuses on the effect of state firearm laws on gun violence rates at the state level. His primary teaching is in the areas of mass communication, marketing, and public health advocacy. He is co-author of a book, entitled “Marketing Public Health: Strategies to Promote Social Change,” that grew out of his teaching experience at the School. He has been active in promoting smoke-free bar and restaurant policies throughout the country and has served as an expert witness in several major tobacco litigation cases.


  • Yale University, MD
  • University of California, Berkeley, MPH
  • Brown University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS902
  • SPHSB860
  • SPHSB940


  • Published on 9/19/2019

    Neufeld MY, Sanchez SE, Siegel M. Firearm Policy: Physician Organizations' Role in Political Action Committee Funds, 2018. Am J Public Health. 2019 11; 109(11):1586-1588. PMID: 31536396.

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  • Published on 7/30/2019

    Siegel M, Solomon B, Knopov A, Rothman EF, Cronin SW, Xuan Z, Hemenway D. The Impact of State Firearm Laws on Homicide Rates in Suburban and Rural Areas Compared to Large Cities in the United States, 1991-2016. J Rural Health. 2020 Mar; 36(2):255-265. PMID: 31361355.

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  • Published on 6/27/2019

    Siegel M, Sherman R, Li C, Knopov A. The Relationship between Racial Residential Segregation and Black-White Disparities in Fatal Police Shootings at the City Level, 2013-2017. J Natl Med Assoc. 2019 Dec; 111(6):580-587. PMID: 31256868.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Greisen C, Grossman ER, Siegel M, Sager M. Public Health and the Four P's of Marketing: Alcohol as a Fundamental Example. J Law Med Ethics. 2019 06; 47(2_suppl):51-54. PMID: 31298122.

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  • Published on 3/28/2019

    Siegel M, Pahn M, Xuan Z, Fleegler E, Hemenway D. The Impact of State Firearm Laws on Homicide and Suicide Deaths in the USA, 1991-2016: a Panel Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 10; 34(10):2021-2028. PMID: 30924089.

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  • Published on 1/17/2019

    Knopov A, Sherman RJ, Raifman JR, Larson E, Siegel MB. Household Gun Ownership and Youth Suicide Rates at the State Level, 2005-2015. Am J Prev Med. 2019 03; 56(3):335-342. PMID: 30661885.

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  • Published on 11/1/2018

    Siegel M. Implications of the Australian Experience With Firearm Regulation for US Gun Policy. Am J Public Health. 2018 11; 108(11):1438-1439. PMID: 30303723.

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  • Published on 7/11/2018

    Knopov A, Rothman EF, Cronin SW, Franklin L, Cansever A, Potter F, Mesic A, Sharma A, Xuan Z, Siegel M, Hemenway D. The Role of Racial Residential Segregation in Black-White Disparities in Firearm Homicide at the State Level in the United States, 1991-2015. J Natl Med Assoc. 2019 Feb; 111(1):62-75. PMID: 30129481.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Collins T, Greenberg R, Siegel M, Xuan Z, Rothman EF, Cronin SW, Hemenway D. State Firearm Laws and Interstate Transfer of Guns in the USA, 2006-2016. J Urban Health. 2018 06; 95(3):322-336. PMID: 29671188.

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  • Published on 5/31/2018

    Amin G, Siegel M, Naimi T. National Cancer Societies and their public statements on alcohol consumption and cancer risk. Addiction. 2018 10; 113(10):1802-1808. PMID: 29696713.

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