Peter Rockers

Peter C. Rockers, ScD

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


Dr. Rockers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he is also the Director of the Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation certificate program. His research is primarily concerned with evaluating the impacts of health system strengthening interventions and policies in low- and middle-income countries using experimental methods. He is particularly interested in interventions that aim to improve early childhood development outcomes in high poverty settings. Dr. Rockers is currently Co-Principal Investigator for a large cluster-randomized trial in South Africa evaluating the feasibility and impact of an innovative package of early childhood interventions delivered by community health workers. Dr. Rockers is involved in several projects focused on access to medicines. He is Co-Principle Investigator for a project developing a framework for evaluating pharmaceutical industry-led access to medicines programs. He is also Co-Investigator for a cluster-randomized trial in Kenya evaluating the impact of a medicine access program on the availability and price of NCD medicines.


  • Harvard University, DSc Field of Study: Global Health Management
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • University of Illinois, BS Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH815
  • SPHPH845


  • Published on 4/27/2023

    Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Rockers PC, Fink G, Juntunen A, Hamer DH, Chirwa B, Scott NA. A Qualitative Assessment of Community Acceptability and Use of a Locally Developed Children's Book to Increase Shared Reading and Parent-Child Interactions in Rural Zambia. Ann Glob Health. 2023; 89(1):28. PMID: 37124937.

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  • Published on 4/14/2023

    Rockers PC, Leppänen JM, Tarullo A, Coetzee L, Fink G, Hamer DH, Yousafzai AK, Evans D. Evaluation of a community health worker home visit intervention to improve child development in South Africa: A cluster-randomized controlled trial. PLoS Med. 2023 Apr; 20(4):e1004222. PMID: 37058529.

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  • Published on 4/6/2023

    Juntunen A, Scott NA, Kaiser JL, Vian T, Ngoma T, Mataka KK, Bwalya M, Sakanga V, Kalaba D, Biemba G, Rockers PC, Hamer DH, Long LC. A cost description of the setup costs of community-owned maternity waiting homes in rural Zambia. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(4):e0000340. PMID: 37022997.

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  • Published on 2/3/2023

    Falgas-Bague I, Thembo T, Kaiser JL, Hamer DH, Scott NA, Ngoma T, Paul R, Juntunen A, Rockers PC, Fink G. Trends in maternal mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic-evidence from Zambia. PLoS One. 2023; 18(2):e0281091. PMID: 36735688.

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  • Published on 1/27/2023

    Rockers PC, Zuilkowski SS, Fink G. Childhood adversity and educational attainment: Evidence from Zambia on the role of personality. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:995343. PMID: 36777195.

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  • Published on 12/12/2022

    Juntunen A, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Hamer DH, Fink G, Rockers PC, Biemba G, Scott NA. Lessons from a Year of COVID-19 in Zambia: Reported Attendance and Mask Wearing at Large Gatherings in Rural Communities. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2023 Feb 01; 108(2):384-393. PMID: 36509059.

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  • Published on 10/31/2022

    Heerdegen ACS, Cellini CM, Wirtz VJ, Rockers PC. Digital Health Technologies Applied by the Pharmaceutical Industry to Improve Access to Noncommunicable Disease Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2022 Oct 31; 10(5). PMID: 36316151.

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  • Published on 10/26/2022

    Fazaludeen Koya S, Ganesh S, Selvaraj S, Wirtz VJ, Galea S, Rockers PC. Antibiotic consumption in India: geographical variations and temporal changes between 2011 and 2019. JAC Antimicrob Resist. 2022 Oct; 4(5):dlac112. PMID: 36320447.

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  • Published on 9/12/2022

    Lee HE, Veliz PT, Maffioli EM, Munro-Kramer ML, Sakala I, Chiboola NM, Ngoma T, Kaiser JL, Rockers PC, Scott NA, Lori JR. The role of Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILCs) in improving community-level household wealth, financial preparedness for birth, and utilization of reproductive health services in rural Zambia: a secondary analysis. BMC Public Health. 2022 Sep 12; 22(1):1724. PMID: 36096779.

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  • Published on 9/1/2022

    Koya SF, Ganesh S, Selvaraj S, Wirtz VJ, Galea S, Rockers PC. Consumption of systemic antibiotics in India in 2019. Lancet Regional Health – Southeast Asia. 2022; 4:100025.

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