Campus Consortium member

Boston University

Boston University is no small operation with 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 140 countries, 10,000 faculty and staff, 16 schools and colleges, and 250 fields of study spread across two campuses. Boston University is also the first Campus Consortium partner that took to heart our focus on interdisciplinary collaboration: The College of Communication (COM), School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) jointly support BU’s involvement in the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium. It also is one of the Consortium partners that has experimented with diverse ways of linking Pulitzer Center journalists with BU students, faculty and the broader community: from a large-scale one-day international conference focused on reporting on and responding to disaster to a smaller forum focused on maternal health.

COM combines academic rigor, a solid grounding in liberal arts and professional “hands-on” skills in all areas of communication, including television, film, radio, public relations, advertising, journalism and communication theory. COM graduates are recognized as some of the best in their respective fields, receiving honors including Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards and Clio Awards.

BUSPH offers master’s and doctoral-level education in eight public health concentrations including environmental health, health law, bioethics & human rights; and international health, maternal & child health. Faculty members conduct policy-changing public health research around the world with the mission of improving the health of populations, especially the disadvantaged, underserved and vulnerable. CGHD is a multidisciplinary research center that engages faculty across BU to help solve the critical global health and social development challenges of our time. It seeks to use high-quality applied research to improve the health of underserved populations around the world.

Beedi Workers in India

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The Waiting List: Organ Transplants in Venezuela

With Venezuela's organ procurement system in paralysis since 2017 and the public health infrastructure in disarray, patients have little or no access to organ transplants, and they face illness and even death.

El Salvador: Sex Ed in the Time of Zika

In El Salvador abortion is illegal, violence against women common, and sex ed extremely limited. Did the Zika virus provide an opportunity for the country to talk about these culturally taboo topics?