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 5/29/2024

    Tarullo AR, Evans D, Coetzee L, Lopera-Perez DC, Brady SP, Gabard-Durnam LJ, Fink G, Hamer DH, Yousafzai AK, Rockers PC. Neonatal Physical Growth Predicts Electroencephalography Power in Rural South African Children. Brain Sci. 2024 May 29; 14(6). PMID: 38928552.

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  • Published on 3/8/2024

    Weisman K, Ghossainy ME, Williams AJ, Payir A, Lesage KA, Reyes-Jaquez B, Amin TG, Anggoro FK, Burdett ERR, Chen EE, Coetzee L, Coley JD, Dahl A, Dautel JB, Davis HE, Davis EL, Diesendruck G, Evans D, Feeney A, Gurven M, Jee BD, Kramer HJ, Kushnir T, Kyriakopoulou N, McAuliffe K, McLaughlin A, Nichols S, Nicolopoulou A, Rockers PC, Shneidman L, Skopeliti I, Srinivasan M, Tarullo AR, Taylor LK, Yu Y, Yucel M, Zhao X, Corriveau KH, Richert RA. The development and diversity of religious cognition and behavior: Protocol for Wave 1 data collection with children and parents by the Developing Belief Network. PLoS One. 2024; 19(3):e0292755. PMID: 38457421.

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  • Published on 2/29/2024

    Koya SF, Ganesh S, Selvaraj S, Wirtz VJ, Galea S, Rockers PC. Determinants of private-sector antibiotic consumption in India: findings from a quasi-experimental fixed-effects regression analysis using cross-sectional time-series data, 2011-2019. Sci Rep. 2024 Feb 29; 14(1):5052. PMID: 38424115.

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  • Published on 1/31/2024

    Fink G, Chembe M, Henderson S, Rockers PC, Parkerson D. Feasibility of caregiver-administered anthropometric measurements of children under age 5: evidence from Zambia. Popul Health Metr. 2024 Jan 31; 22(1):2. PMID: 38297266.

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  • Published on 1/5/2024

    Falgas-Bague I, Melero-Dominguez M, de Vernisy-Romero D, Tembo T, Chembe M, Lubozha T, Paul R, Parkerson D, Rockers PC, Sikazwe D, Fink G. Testing the feasibility, acceptability, and exploring trends on efficacy of the problem management plus for moms: Protocol of a pilot randomized control trial. PLoS One. 2024; 19(1):e0287269. PMID: 38181004.

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  • Published on 6/19/2023

    Rockers PC, Kiragu ZW, Onyango MA, Laing RO, Wirtz VJ. Willingness to pay brand premiums for generic medicines in Kenya: A bidding game experiment. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2023 Sep; 38(5):1453-1463. PMID: 37337315.

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  • Published on 5/30/2023

    Kaiser JL, Hamer DH, Juntunen A, Ngoma T, Fink G, Schueler J, Rockers PC, Biemba G, Scott NA. COVID-19 Knowledge and Prevention Behaviors in Rural Zambia: A Qualitative Application of the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Model. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2023 Jul 05; 109(1):76-89. PMID: 37253445.

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  • 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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