Jacqueline Milton Hicks, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MS, George Washington University
BS, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Jacqueline Milton has a PhD in Biostatistics and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health and Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science in the Metropolitan College. She is Co-Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Certificate in the School of Public Health. She teaches Quantitative Methods in Public Health (PH 717), Introduction to Biostatistics (BS 704), Introduction to Statistical Computing (BS 723), Introduction to R (BS 730) and Quantitative Methods for Information Systems (CS 546). She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at BUSPH and the Outstanding Teaching Award at the American Statistical Associations' Section of Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences. Jacqueline is also the co-Principal Investigator of Boston University School of Public Health's Summer Institute for Research and Education in Biostatistics which is designed to promote interest in the field of Biostatistics and the many career opportunities in the field. Jacqueline runs the Public Health and Biostatistics Lab series for the Upward Bound Math/Science Summer Program, a program whose purpose is to prepare low-income and first-generation college bound students for success in higher education. Jacqueline runs a program within the Department of Biostatistics to better prepare graduate students for teaching students courses in the field of public health. She also does research on using new pedagogical methods in teaching introductory biostatistics courses to graduate students.

Jacqueline is a co-Investigator of the Black Women’s Health study where she investigates how structural racism impacts the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She is also am also a co-Investigator for the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine where she examines how telemedicine can reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing to help prevent respiratory tract infections. Jacqueline works as a biostatistician for the Center of Sickle Cell Excellence where she examines genetic modifiers associated with disease severity in sickle cell patients developing and applying methodologies in genome-wide association studies, next generation sequencing, and genetic risk prediction. Jacqueline also collaborates with researchers a Harvard University’s and John Hopkin’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to examine publication bias and its association with conflict of interest. She also collaborates with Project SEARCH (Scanning Ears For Child Health) which is a collaboration with the International Health Department to examine how ear biometrics can be used to keep track of medical records in countries where ID systems are extremely unreliable (a project that has also been funded through Crowd Funding).

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Dr. Megan Healey and I are co-PIs on an Educational Innovation grant and began recruiting Curriculum Fellows over the summer. We have been working with them to incorporate more DEIJ issues in the Quant core course along with other Biostatistics and Epidemiology courses taken by MPH students. This includes finding more diverse datasets, examining how we teach statistical programming (examining equity in different teaching modalities, particularly among students with learning disabilities), etc.

This summer I also ran a remote session of Upward Bound where we taught the students the basics of biostatistics and statistical programming using RStudio using publicly available COVID-19 data. We had the students examine health equity issues using data from an ecologic COVID-19 data from cities in Massachusetts.

As co-director of the EpiBiostat certificate, I updated the ILE to include a required DEIJ component. Students now need to incorporate DEIJ in their data analysis (this could be looking at race, ethnicity, gender, etc.).

For the Section on Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences I am working on organizing a series of sessions (through JSM and outside of JSM) around incorporating DEIJ issues in biostatistics courses.

I am a member of the Biostatistics DEIJ committee where I have organized and led several talks on different DEIJ issue to students, faculty and staff.

I participated in recruiting students to different Biostatistics programs at two conferences geared towards minority students in the STEM fields (SACNAS and ABRCMS).

BU Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics and Data Science
06/01/2022 - 05/31/2027 (Multi-PI)
PI: Jacqueline Milton Hicks, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

Boston University Summer Institute for Research Training in Biostatistics
01/15/2016 - 12/31/2019 (Multi-PI)
PI: Jacqueline Milton Hicks, PhD
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


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  1. Bangham C, Zack RM, Nelson E, Liu X, Codner A, Hicks JM, Greece JA. Assessing the effect of adverse economic events on severity of hunger among food pantry clients. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1286094.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38026276; PMCID: PMC10644360; DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1286094;
  2. Codner A, Zack RM, Liu X, Bangham C, Nelson E, Hicks JM, Greece JA. Socio-demographic factors associated with hunger among food pantry users in Eastern Massachusetts. J Nutr Sci. 2023; 12:e53.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37180481; PMCID: PMC10173085; DOI: 10.1017/jns.2022.118;
  3. McLaughlin A, Burns R, Ryan M, Abbasi W, Harvey L, Hicks J, Sinha P, Assoumou SA. Comparing COVID-19-related Morbidity and Mortality Between Patients With and Without Substance Use Disorders: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Subst Abuse. 2023; 17:11782218231160014.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36968974; PMCID: PMC10034287; DOI: 10.1177/11782218231160014;
  4. McLaughlin A, Burns R, Ryan M, Abbasi W, Harvey L, Hicks J, Sinha P, Assoumou SA. Comparing COVID-19-related Morbidity and Mortality Between Patients With and Without Substance Use Disorders: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Subst Abuse. 2023; 17:11782218231160014.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36968974; PMCID: PMC10034287; DOI: 10.1177/11782218231160014;
  5. Karp SI, Freeman LM, Rush JE, Karlin ET, LaMastro JN, Hicks JM. Comparison of echocardiography, biomarkers and taurine concentrations in cats eating high- or low-pulse diets. J Feline Med Surg. 2023 Feb; 25(2):1098612X231154859. PMID: 36803067; PMCID: PMC10812079; DOI: 10.1177/1098612X231154859;
  6. Crable E, Jones DK, Walley AY, Hicks JM, Benintendi A, Drainoni ML. How Do Medicaid Agencies Improve Substance Use Treatment Benefits? Lessons from Three States' 1115 Waiver Experiences. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2022 Aug 01; 47(4):497-518.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35044466; PMCID: PMC10688542; DOI: 10.1215/03616878-9716740;
  7. Nelson E, Bangham C, Modi S, Liu X, Codner A, Milton Hicks J, Greece J. Understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on the determinants of food insecurity: A state-specific examination. Prev Med Rep. 2022 Aug; 28:101871.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35785406; PMCID: PMC9235214; DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101871;
  8. Kearney L, Wiener RS, Dahodwala M, Fix GM, Hicks J, Little F, Howard J, Foreman AG, Wakeman C, O'Donnell C, Bulekova K, Drainoni ML, Kathuria H. A mixed methods study to inform and evaluate a longitudinal nurse practitioner/community health worker intervention to address social determinants of health and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease self-management. BMC Pulm Med. 2022 Mar 01; 22(1):74.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35232414; PMCID: PMC8889692; DOI: 10.1186/s12890-022-01863-w;
  9. Crable EL, Benintendi A, Jones DK, Walley AY, Hicks JM, Drainoni ML. Translating Medicaid policy into practice: policy implementation strategies from three US states' experiences enhancing substance use disorder treatment. Implement Sci. 2022 01 06; 17(1):3.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34991638; PMCID: PMC8734202; DOI: 10.1186/s13012-021-01182-4;
  10. Crable EL, Drainoni ML, Jones DK, Walley AY, Milton Hicks J. Predicting longitudinal service use for individuals with substance use disorders: A latent profile analysis. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 01; 132:108632.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34607732
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2018 American Statistical Association: Outstanding Teaching Award
2017 Boston University: Excellence in Teaching
2015 Boston University: Excellence in Teaching
2015 Boston University: Excellence in Teaching
2014 Boston University: Excellence in Teaching
2013 Boston University: Excellence in Teaching
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