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]


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.[6] 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.)[citation needed] The first dean was Dr. Norman A. Scotch, who guided the school through the accreditation process.[citation needed]

Granted Degrees[edit]

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

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

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:

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