Michael Siegel

Michael B. Siegel, MD

Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health



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 Field of Study: Medicine
  • University of California, Berkeley, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Brown University, BA Field of Study: Environmental Studies

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH720
  • SPHSB860


  • Published on 5/31/2021

    Ross CS, Babor TF, Bartholow BD, DeJong W, Fitzgerald N, Jackson KM, Jernigan DH, Naimi TS, Noel JK, Petticrew M, Severi K, Siegel MB, Stockwell T, Tori M, Xuan Z. Call to restore funding to monitor youth exposure to alcohol advertising. Addiction. 2021 May 31. PMID: 34060173.

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  • Published on 4/27/2021

    Siegel M, Critchfield-Jain I, Boykin M, Owens A. Actual Racial/Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Mortality for the Non-Hispanic Black Compared to Non-Hispanic White Population in 35 US States and Their Association with Structural Racism. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 Apr 27. PMID: 33905110.

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  • Published on 3/22/2021

    Siegel M, Dunn D, Shareef F, Neufeld M, Boine C. The descriptive epidemiology of brand-specific gun ownership in the US: results from the 2019 National Lawful Use of Guns Survey. Inj Epidemiol. 2021 Mar 22; 8(1):12. PMID: 33745443.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    Siegel M, Goder-Reiser M, Duwe G, Rocque M, Fox JA, Fridel EE. The relation between state gun laws and the incidence and severity of mass public shootings in the United States, 1976-2018. Law Hum Behav. 2020 10; 44(5):347-360. PMID: 33090863.

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  • Published on 9/14/2020

    Liu Y, Siegel M, Sen B. Neighbors Do Matter: Between-State Firearm Laws and State Firearm-Related Deaths in the U.S., 2000-2017. Am J Prev Med. 2020 11; 59(5):648-657. PMID: 32943308.

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  • Published on 7/28/2020

    Siegel MB, Boine CC. The Meaning of Guns to Gun Owners in the U.S.: The 2019 National Lawful Use of Guns Survey. Am J Prev Med. 2020 11; 59(5):678-685. PMID: 32736912.

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  • Published on 7/22/2020

    Raifman J, Larson E, Barry CL, Siegel M, Ulrich M, Knopov A, Galea S. State handgun purchase age minimums in the US and adolescent suicide rates: regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences analyses. BMJ. 2020 07 22; 370:m2436. PMID: 32699008.

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  • Published on 7/5/2020

    Wong B, Bernstein S, Jay J, Siegel M. Differences in Racial Disparities in Firearm Homicide across Cities: The Role of Racial Residential Segregation and Gaps in Structural Disadvantage. J Natl Med Assoc. 2020 Oct; 112(5):518-530. PMID: 32641258.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Azad HA, Monuteaux MC, Rees CA, Siegel M, Mannix R, Lee LK, Sheehan KM, Fleegler EW. Child Access Prevention Firearm Laws and Firearm Fatalities Among Children Aged 0 to 14 Years, 1991-2016. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 05 01; 174(5):463-469. PMID: 32119063.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Siegel M. Racial disparities in fatal police shootings: An empirical analysis informed by critical race theory. BU Law Review. 2020; 100:1069-1092.

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