Jennifer Beard, PhD, MPH, MA

Jennifer Beard, PhD, MA, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health and the Associate Editor of Public Health Post. She developed and leads the BUSPH Public Health Writing Program and also directs the MPH certificates in Global Health and Program Management. She created and teaches courses in global mental health, global health storytelling, and public health writing. Dr. Beard founded the BU Program for Global Health Storytelling – a collaboration between BUSPH, the BU College of Communication, and the Pulitzer Center – which analyzes the similarities and tensions between global health research and journalism and seeks ways to improve collaboration. She is a member of the Boston University Provost’s Arts Council and the Innovate@BU Faculty Innovation Network.

Dr. Beard's scholarship explores the intersection between population health, the arts and humanities, and journalism; and the health and well-being of key populations at high risk for HIV and trauma including sex workers, drug users, orphans, and other highly vulnerable children. From 2010-2014, she was the principal investigator for the multi-study Ghana Operations Research for Key Populations project. The 9 qualitative studies (done in collaboration with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the Ghana AIDS Commission, and USAID) identified the HIV prevention and harm reduction needs of young female sex workers and their boyfriends, prisoners, men who have sex with men, post-secondary female students, women who work in bars, people who inject drugs, and people living with HIV at risk of dropping out of antiretroviral therapy. She has also worked in India, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine, and Zambia.

Dr. Beard started her academic life in the humanities, completing her BA in English literature at Youngstown State University, her MA at Ohio University with a focus on Victorian literature, and her PhD at the University of New Hampshire specializing in twentieth-century British women writers. She remains a devoted reader of novels and believes that her global health teaching and research interests are rooted in her passion for Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters, and Barbara Pym.

2019-2020 Boston University Medical Campus: Mid-Career Faculty Leadership Program
2018-2019 Boston University Medical Campus: Narrative Writing Program

BU Draper Fellowship - Aisling McEleney
09/01/2020 - 05/31/2021 (PI)
Draper Laboratory, Inc.

Research Activities Among Most at Risk Population(Ghana MARPS)
10/01/2010 - 07/31/2014 (PI)
U.S. Agency for International Development


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  1. Beard J, Monteiro R, Price-Oreyomi MB, Edouard VB, Murphy-Phillips M. Lessons Learned From a Peer Writing Coach Program in a School of Public Health. Public Health Rep. 2020 Sep/Oct; 135(5):700-707. PMID: 32735497
  2. Jennifer Beard. Looking for the Mothers: Connecting Bereaved Parents with Grief Counselors in Zambia. Impatient Optimists. 2019. View Publication
  3. Sabin LL, Semrau K, DeSilva M, Le LTT, Beard JJ, Hamer DH, Tuchman J, Hammett TM, Halim N, Reuben M, Mesic A, Vian T. Effectiveness of community outreach HIV prevention programs in Vietnam: a mixed methods evaluation. BMC Public Health. 2019 Aug 16; 19(1):1130.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31420034
  4. Beard J. It’s Dangerous to Confuse Sex Work and Trafficking. Public Health Post. 2018. View Publication
  5. Beard J. What’s up with PEPFAR’s Anti-Prostitution Pledge? Public Health Post . 2018. View Publication
  6. Sabin LL, Beard J, Agyarko-Poku T, DeSilva M, Ashigbie P, Segal T, Esang M, Asafo MK, Wondergem P, Green K, Wambugu S, Adu-Sarkodie Y. "Too Much Sex and Alcohol": Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Male Adolescents and Young Men Who have Sex with Men in Ghana. Open AIDS J. 2018; 12:69-80.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30258509
  7. Beard J, Skalicky A, Nkosi B, Zhuwau T, Cakwe M, Simon J, DeSilva MB. Challenges of developing a district child welfare plan in South Africa: lessons from a community-engaged HIV/AIDS research project. Glob Health Promot. 2020 06; 27(2):6-16. PMID: 29900800
  8. Onyango MA, Adu-Sarkodie Y, Adjei RO, Agyarko-Poku T, Kopelman CH, Green K, Wambugu S, Clement NF, Wondergem P, Beard J. Love, power, resilience and vulnerability: relationship dynamics between female sex workers in Ghana and their intimate partners. Cult Health Sex. 2019 01; 21(1):31-45.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29669473
  9. Beard J. Public Health Writing & Deliberate Practice. Population Health Exchange. 2018. View Publication
  10. Beard J, Editor. Public Health Writing Guide. Population Health Exchange. 2018. View Publication
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