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Jennifer Beard

CAMPUS CONSORTIUM ADVISORY COUNCIL

Jennifer Beard 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 directs 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 co-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. 

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.