Boston University School of Public Health

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Boston University
School of Public Health
Boston University Talbot Building 01.JPG
The Talbot Building
Latin: Universitas Bostoniensis
Established 1976
Type Private
Provost Karen H. Antman
Dean Sandro Galea
Academic staff
Students 800
Location Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Campus Urban
Tuition $61,248

Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) is Boston University's graduate School of Public Health. It is located in the heart of Boston University's Medical Campus in the South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The current dean is Sandro Galea. Former dean Robert Meenan stepped down at the end of 2014. BUSPH has more than 4,200 alumni, 150 full-time faculty, and students from more than 30 countries.[1][2] It is fully accredited by the Association of Schools of Public Health[3] and is ranked 10th in Public Health Grad Schools by the U.S. News & World Report.[4][5]

Mission and Strategic Themes[edit]


  • To improve the health of local, national and international populations, particularly the disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable, through excellence and innovation in education, research and service.

Strategic themes[edit]

BUSPH is focusing on four vital public health challenges as part of its five-year Strategic Plan:

  • ensuring affordable, quality health care;
  • creating a clean environment;
  • eliminating health disparities; and
  • promoting health globally[6]

The BUSPH Strategic Plan has seven major school-wide goals:

  • Provide leadership for University-wide and Medical Campus initiatives related to public health education, research and practice.
  • Expand School-wide efforts in education and research related to domestic health system reform.
  • Grow the master’s level degree programs while maintaining high admissions standards
  • Strengthen the research program through focused investment in four areas: community-based participatory research, pharmaceutical policy, healthy aging and genetics.
  • Grow and strengthen the School’s academic and professional doctoral programs.
  • Enhance faculty development efforts School-wide
  • Build a career services center that enhances employment prospects for BUSPH students and alumni.[7]


The school was established in 1976 as a program in BU's School of Medicine and became an official school of the University in 1979 with five programs.[8] It was the brainchild of Dr. Douglas K. Decker. He designed the admission criteria (successful healthcare managers and practitioners), the curriculum (practical, rather than theoretical), teaching approach (pairing academicians and accomplished practitioners in the field), and the type(classes taught at night to make it possible for working managers, nurses, and doctors to attend.) Bob Biblo, founding President of the Harvard Community Health Plan and national leader in the HMO field, simultaneously was a professor and graduate of BUSPH.

Dr. Norman A. Scotch, a noted and tenured professor in the School of Medicine, was made the first Dean of BUSPH. He brought academic credentials, knowledge of the University, and long established connections. He took the lead in guiding the school through the accreditation process. The vision, marketing and business skill of Dr. Decker, and the academic solidity, respected credentials, and academic administration skills of Dr. Scotch combined to create BUSPH. Without either, BUSPH is unlikely to exist today. (Source: Personal eyewitness of the conception and incarnation; former assistant professor) An annual Norman A. Scotch Award is given by the BUSPH.

Granted Degrees[edit]

Boston University School of Public Health grants degrees in the following academic concentrations:

  • Biostatistics (MPH, MA, PhD)
  • Environmental Health (MPH, DSc)
  • Epidemiology (MPH, MSc, DSc)
  • Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights (MPH)
  • Health Policy & Management (MPH)
  • Health Services Research (MSc, DSc)
  • International Health (MPH, DrPH)
  • Maternal and Child Health (MPH, DrPH)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (MPH, DrPH)

Dual Degree[edit]

Dual degree programs are also available with other schools at Boston University. The dual degree typically allows the student to finish both degrees in less time than if the degrees were attempted separately. BUSPH offers dual degrees with the following schools:

Centers and Institutes[edit]

Notable Alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 42°20′08″N 71°04′14″W / 42.335588°N 71.070653°W / 42.335588; -71.070653