Robert Horsburgh

Robert Robert Horsburgh, Jr, MD

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Horsburgh has 30 years of experience in public health and medicine. He currently holds faculty positions in the Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Global Health and Medicine. Dr. Horsburgh teaches courses in the Epidemiology of AIDS and the Epidemiology of Tuberculosis. His research focuses on tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacterial infections and opportunistic infections in AIDS. Currently, he is involved in research in Brazil, India, Peru, South Africa and Tanzania. He is currently the Vice-President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD); President of the North American Region of the IUATLD.; and Chairman of the Steering Committee of RESIST-TB, an international organization dedicated to improving MDR-TB treatment through Clinical Trials (

Other Positions

  • Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Biostatistics - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Medicine - Boston University School of Medicine
  • - Boston Medical Center


  • 1977 - Case Western Reserve University, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • 1969 - Yale University, MS Field of Study: Urban Studies
  • 1968 - Princeton University, AB Field of Study: Architecture

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP730
  • SPHEP764
  • SPHEP911


  • Published on 2/2/2021

    Leavitt SV, Jenkins HE, Sebastiani P, Lee RS, Horsburgh CR, Tibbs AM, White LF. Estimation of the generation interval using pairwise relative transmission probabilities. Biostatistics. 2021 Feb 02. PMID: 33527996.

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  • Published on 1/22/2021

    Johnson WE, Odom A, Cintron C, Muthaiah M, Knudsen S, Joseph N, Babu S, Lakshminarayanan S, Jenkins DF, Zhao Y, Nankya E, Horsburgh CR, Roy G, Ellner J, Sarkar S, Salgame P, Hochberg NS. Comparing tuberculosis gene signatures in malnourished individuals using the TBSignatureProfiler. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jan 22; 21(1):106. PMID: 33482742.

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  • Published on 12/17/2020

    Kan CK, Ragan EJ, Sarkar S, Knudsen S, Forsyth M, Muthuraj M, Vinod K, Jenkins HE, Horsburgh CR, Salgame P, Roy G, Ellner JJ, Jacobson KR, Sahu S, Hochberg NS. Alcohol use and tuberculosis clinical presentation at the time of diagnosis in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12):e0240595. PMID: 33332367.

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  • Published on 11/17/2020

    Reddy KP, Denkinger CM, Broger T, McCann NC, Gupta-Wright A, Kerkhoff AD, Pei PP, Shebl FM, Fielding KL, Nicol MP, Horsburgh CR, Meintjes G, Freedberg KA, Wood R, Walensky RP. Cost-effectiveness of a novel lipoarabinomannan test for tuberculosis in patients with HIV. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Nov 17. PMID: 33200169.

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  • Published on 11/2/2020

    Ma Y, Jenkins HE, Sebastiani P, Ellner JJ, Jones-López EC, Dietze R, Horsburgh CR, White LF. Using Cure Models to Estimate the Serial Interval of Tuberculosis With Limited Follow-up. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 11 02; 189(11):1421-1426. PMID: 32458995.

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  • Published on 9/29/2020

    Munseri P, Said J, Amour M, Magohe A, Matee M, Rees CA, Mackenzie T, Tvaroha S, Bailey-Kellogg C, Maro I, Wieland-Alter W, Adams LV, Horsburgh CR, Nakamura K, Arbeit RD, Pallangyo K, von Reyn CF. DAR-901 vaccine for the prevention of infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis among BCG-immunized adolescents in Tanzania: A randomized controlled, double-blind phase 2b trial. Vaccine. 2020 10 27; 38(46):7239-7245. PMID: 33004239.

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  • Published on 9/14/2020

    Chiang SS, Dolynska M, Rybak NR, Cruz AT, Aibana O, Sheremeta Y, Petrenko V, Mamotenko A, Terleieva I, Horsburgh CR, Jenkins HE. Clinical manifestations and epidemiology of adolescent tuberculosis in Ukraine. ERJ Open Res. 2020 Jul; 6(3). PMID: 32964003.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Zhou TJ, Lakshminarayanan S, Sarkar S, Knudsen S, Horsburgh CR, Muthaiah M, Kan CK, Salgame P, Ellner JJ, Roy G, Jenkins HE, Hochberg NS. Predictors of Loss to Follow-Up among Men with Tuberculosis in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 09; 103(3):1050-1056. PMID: 32618243.

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  • Published on 7/19/2020

    Ellappan K, Datta S, Muthuraj M, Lakshminarayanan S, Pleskunas JA, Horsburgh CR, Salgame P, Hochberg N, Sarkar S, Ellner JJ, Roy G, Jose M, Vinod Kumar S, Joseph NM. Evaluation of factors influencing Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex recovery and contamination rates in MGIT960. Indian J Tuberc. 2020 Oct; 67(4):466-471. PMID: 33077045.

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  • Published on 7/18/2020

    Eddy JJ, Gadani KM, Tibbs A, Bernardo J, Cochran J, White LF, Horsburgh CR, Jacobson KR. Increasing Drug Resistance Among Persons With Tuberculosis in Massachusetts, 2009-2018. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Aug; 7(8):ofaa300. PMID: 32855987.

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