Yvette C Cozier, DSc Hear my name
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Boston University School of Public Health
Dean’s Office

MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
BA, Harvard University Extension School
DSc, Boston University School of Public Health

Dr. Cozier is an investigator on the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) and the BWHS Sarcoidosis Study at the Slone Epidemiology Center. Her research interests include social and genetic determinants of health in African-American women -- specifically, the influence of psychosocial stressors (e.g., racism, neighborhood socioeconomic status), and genetics in the development of cancer, cardiometabolic, and immune-mediated diseases (sarcoidosis, lupus). Additional research interests include oral health, and the role that religiosity/spirituality and the faith community, particularly the black church, plays in health promotion/disease prevention in the Black community.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

• Co-Investigator, Black Women’s Health Study (2004-present)
• Designed and teach Social Epidemiology (SPH EP775) (2008-present)
• Chair of the BUSPH Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) committee.
• Liaise with the Medical Campus Associate Deans and Directors of Diversity and Inclusion.
• Conduct DEIJ trainings for SPH search committees.
• Hold quarterly “Coffee Chats” for students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral associates.
• Sponsor SPH Reads, the School of Public Health’s one-school, one-book program. Since 2016, the program has hosted authors on campus and integrated selected books into the
SPH/MPH Core curriculum.
• Serve as Co-sponsor (with the Associate Provost for Community and Inclusion) for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) pillar of the University Strategic Plan. In this role, I helped to
create HUB SJ 101: Social Justice Systems, a new undergraduate Hub course on social and racial justice, scheduled to will launch in Fall 2022.
• I serve on the university-wide Recruitment Committee organized through the BU Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).
• Serve as faculty advisor/mentor to the Students of Color for Public Health student group.
• Co-chair the Anti-racism Committee in the Department of Epidemiology.
• Complete biennial BU mandatory online Title IX training.
• Moderate sessions on diversity and inclusion during the annual BUSPG All-school retreat.
• Past Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council Equity and Inclusion Committee.
• Past Chair of the Boston University Faculty Assembly Nominating Committee.
External DEI activities include:
• Member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group. Social Determinants of Health Working Group (2020-2021).
• Co-chair and co-teach a Society of Epidemiology Research (SER) pre-conference workshop on “Inclusive Teaching in Epidemiology” (2020-present).
• Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR), Women of Color (WOC) Clinical Advisory Committee (2020-present).

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Boston University School of Public Health

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

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  1. Kent BV, Upenieks L, Kanaya AM, Warner ET, Cozier YC, Daviglus ML, Eliassen H, Jang DY, Shields AE. Religion/Spirituality and Prevalent Hypertension among Ethnic Cohorts in the Study on Stress, Spirituality, and Health. Ann Behav Med. 2023 Jul 19; 57(8):649-661. PMID: 37265144; PMCID: PMC10354840; DOI: 10.1093/abm/kaad007;
  2. Roseen EJ, Smith CN, Essien UR, Cozier YC, Joyce C, Morone NE, Phillips RS, Gergen Barnett K, Patterson CG, Wegener ST, Brennan GP, Delitto A, Saper RB, Beneciuk JM, Stevans JM. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Incidence of High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Primary Care Patients with Acute Low Back Pain: A Cohort Study. Pain Med. 2023 Jun 01; 24(6):633-643.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36534910; PMCID: PMC10233486; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnac193;
  3. Cozier YC, Heaton B, Robles Y, C Bond J, I Garcia R, Coogan P, Rosenberg L. Perceived racism associated with declines in self-rated oral health among U.S. Black women. Ann Epidemiol. 2023 Aug; 84:54-59.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37244316; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2023.05.012;
  4. Anyane-Yeboa A, Buadu MAE, Khalili H, Cozier YC. Epidemiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a Cohort of US Black Women. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2023 Mar 22. PMID: 36946376
  5. Anyane-Yeboa A, Buadu MAE, Khalili H, Cozier YC. Epidemiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a Cohort of US Black Women. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2023 Mar 22. PMID: 36946376
  6. Phillips-Bell GS, Mohamoud YA, Kirby RS, Parks SE, Cozier YC, Shapiro-Mendoza CK. Neighborhood Deprivation and Privilege: an Examination of Racialized-Economic Segregation and Preterm Birth, Florida 2019. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Jan 18. PMID: 36652162; PMCID: PMC10352457; DOI: 10.1007/s40615-022-01498-x;
  7. D'Amico M, Wason S, Cozier YC. Correlates of nephrolithiasis in US black women: data from the black women's health study. Urolithiasis. 2023 Jan 06; 51(1):29. PMID: 36607394; DOI: 10.1007/s00240-022-01391-6;
  8. Sheehy S, Palmer JR, Cozier Y, Bertrand KA, Rosenberg L. Vitamin D and risk of hypertension among Black women. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2023 Feb; 25(2):168-174.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36606491; PMCID: PMC9903189; DOI: 10.1111/jch.14615;
  9. Ettman CK, Fazaludeen SK, Fan A, Robbins G, Shain J, Cozier Y, Abdalla SM, Galea S. . More, less, or the same: a scoping review of studies that compare depression between Black and White U.S. adult populations. Social Science & Medicine – Mental Health. 2022; 2:100161. View Publication
  10. Cozier YC, Govender P, Berman JS. Obesity and Sarcoidosis Risk: An Index Under Suspicion. Chest. 2022 Nov; 162(5):954-956.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36344120; DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2022.07.019;
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2018 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
2016 Graduate Research Symposium, BU: SPH Dean's Award, Faculty Prize
2015 Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Research Retreat: Best Poster Prize
2013 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award - Spring 2013 (EP713 Introduction to Epidemiology)
2013 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award - Fall 2013 (EP713 Introduction to Epidemiology)
2010 Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Certificate of Appreciation
2009 Society of Epidemiology Research (SER): Second Place Prize, (Poster Session 1)
2008 Boston University School of Public Heatlh: Excellence in Teaching Award - Social Epidemiology
2008 University of Kentucky, African American Studies and Research Program: Exceptional Contributions to Research and Scholarship Award
2007 Society of Epidemiology Research (SER): Third Place Prize (Poster Session 2)
2007 American Public Health Association (APHA): Highest Scoring Abstract Prize, Women's Caucus
2004 American College of Epidemiology (ACE): Best Student Poster
2001 American Public Health Association (APHA) : Epidemiology Student Travel Award
1994-1995 Albert Schweitzer Foundation: Albert Schweitzer Urban Fellowship
1994-1996 Department of Defense: Pre-doctoral Training Award
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