Collette Ncube, DrPH MPH MS
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

DPH/DrPH, University of Pittsburgh
MS, University of Washington
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Baylor University
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Dr. Ncube is a social and perinatal epidemiologist with a research program focused on understanding and addressing the social and structural drivers of racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and infant health. Specifically, her work investigates the role of neighborhoods and the larger social context in producing and perpetuating these disparities over the life course and from one generation to the next. She uses novel methodologies in the operationalization and examination of structural racism.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I have been fortunate to engage undergraduate, masters, medical and doctoral students in many of my research projects. Bright and motivated students from across the country. Their interests in health disparities, maternal and infant health, and epidemiology having brought them to my ‘lab’ for a semester-long practicum or years-long research experience. My past and present teams have been diverse with respect to socioeconomic background, race/ethnicity and (dis)ability. I am intentional to ensure the student researchers’ experiences are beneficial both to them and for advancement of the research project. As a social epidemiologist, issues of (in)equity and justice are central to my work. The students I get to work with bring their lived experiences to the work. They ask great questions and when empowered propose very interesting future lines of research.

In my experience thus far as an academic, I have learned a lot about teaching students of diverse background and training. Students’ prior training in basic sciences, anthropology, English, health sciences, and so on, all make for a more enriching classroom experience and public health professionals with broader perspectives on determinants of population health. It is important to me that my classroom is an environment in which diversity of background, experience and perspectives are valued and shared. As a proponent of team-based learning (TBL), working in teams is a key aspect of my teaching model. One approach I have taken to cultivating an enriched classroom environment, is to be intentional in the composition of the student teams.

Listening to Mothers IV: The fourth national survey of the views and experiences of childbearing women and people
10/01/2023 - 06/30/2025 (Subcontract PI)
National Partnership For Women & Families W.K. Kellogg Fdn

Understanding racial and ethnic disparities in preterm birth: a systems science approach
07/19/2021 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Inst on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Investigating the likely effect of reparations policies on Black-White disparities in perinatal outcomes
06/01/2022 - 03/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Robert Wood Johnson


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  1. Savitz DA, Wise LA, Bond JC, Hatch EE, Ncube CN, Wesselink AK, Willis MD, Yland JJ, Rothman KJ. Responding to Reviewers and Editors About Statistical Significance Testing. Ann Intern Med. 2024 Mar; 177(3):385-386.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38373303
  2. Willis MD, Hill EL, Ncube CN, Campbell EJ, Harris L, Harleman M, Ritz B, Hystad P. Changes in Socioeconomic Disparities for Traffic-Related Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Over a 20-Year Period in Texas. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Aug 01; 6(8):e2328012.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37566419; PMCID: PMC10422188; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.28012;
  3. Wise LA, Wang TR, Ncube CN, Lovett SM, Abrams J, Boynton-Jarrett R, Koenig MR, Geller RJ, Wesselink AK, Coleman CM, Hatch EE, James-Todd T. Use of Chemical Hair Straighteners and Fecundability in a North American Preconception Cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Jul 07; 192(7):1066-1080.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37005071; PMCID: PMC10505421; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwad079;
  4. Wise LA, Wang TR, Stanford JB, Wesselink AK, Ncube CN, Rothman KJ, Murray EJ. A randomized trial of web-based fertility-tracking software and fecundability. Fertil Steril. 2023 Jun; 119(6):1045-1056.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36774978; PMCID: PMC10225320; DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2023.02.005;
  5. Ncube CN, McCormick SM, Badon SE, Riley T, Souter VL. Antepartum and intrapartum stillbirth rates across gestation: a cross-sectional study using the revised foetal death reporting system in the U.S. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022 Nov 29; 22(1):885. PMID: 36447143; PMCID: PMC9706921; DOI: 10.1186/s12884-022-05185-x;
  6. Willis MD, Orta OR, Ncube C, Wesselink AK, Ðoàn LN, Kirwa K, Boynton-Jarrett R, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Association Between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Fertility Among Pregnancy Planners in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 01; 5(6):e2218738.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35771576; PMCID: PMC9247730; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.18738;
  7. Catalano R, Karasek D, Bruckner T, Casey JA, Saxton K, Ncube CN, Shaw GM, Elser H, Gemmill A. African American Unemployment and the Disparity in Periviable Births. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 Jun; 9(3):840-848. PMID: 33783756; PMCID: PMC9061667; DOI: 10.1007/s40615-021-01022-7;
  8. Akobirshoev I, Mitra M, Parish SL, Moore Simas TA, Dembo R, Ncube CN. Racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes and labour and delivery-related charges among women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2019 04; 63(4):313-326. PMID: 30576027; PMCID: PMC7271252; DOI: 10.1111/jir.12577;
  9. Lin CJ, Nowalk MP, Ncube CN, Aaraj YA, Warshel M, South-Paul JE. Long-term Outcomes for Teen Mothers Who Participated in a Mentoring Program to Prevent Repeat Teen Pregnancy. J Natl Med Assoc. 2019 Jun; 111(3):296-301. PMID: 30449542; DOI: 10.1016/j.jnma.2018.10.014;
  10. Ncube CN, Enquobahrie DA, Burke JG, Ye F, Marx J, Albert SM. Racial disparities in the transgenerational transmission of low birthweight risk. Ethn Health. 2019 10; 24(7):829-840. PMID: 28922932; PMCID: PMC6067984; DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1378804;
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