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MC840 Women and Health Policy: Gender, Evidence, and Politics External Instructor, Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Tracking Code22599930541004Job Description

Boston University is an Association of American Universities institution with a rich tradition of inclusion and social justice. The School of Public Health takes the University’s commitment even further with its own detailed plan for fostering a diverse and inclusive community. Founded in 1976, BUSPH ranks as the sixth leading public health school in the country, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings. We offer master's- and doctoral-level education in public health along with post-doctoral training. With over 300 faculty in six departments, the School conducts policy-changing public health research, with the mission of improving the health of populations, especially the underserved, locally and globally.

The Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is comprised of 21 faculty who are internationally recognized for their innovation in research, scholarship, and teaching to enhance the health and well-being of communities and promote health equity. Departmental faculty apply both social and behavioral sciences to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities; apply scientific theories and evidence from the field to develop interventions and policies tailored to diverse communities; teach courses that emphasize assessment, intervention, communication, advocacy, and community-based research and practice; broaden student understanding of the factors that shape community health and how to improve it; explore how disparities impact health in sexual and other minorities; and promote social change.

The CHS department is looking for a qualified external instructor to teach MC840 Women+ and Health Policy: Gender, Evidence, and Politics. This 4-credit course links social history or gender, and public health evidence and public policy-making as relates to the health and well-being of women, broadly defined as cisgender, trans, and non-binary individuals. The course sets the stage by addressing the history of diverse women’s health movements; the meaning of gender, race, class, and culture in the health and health care of women; and women’s role and status in research and in public policy making. Modules then address specific issues and conditions of key importance across the life course, from the reproductive and childbearing years, through the transition to mid-life and aging. Specific topics and related public policies addressed vary by semester and have included pregnancy and substance use, abortion, maternal morbidities, LGBTQiA health, physical disability, chronic illness, mental health and aging. Students participate in hands-on policy-making activities and co- create an agenda for women’s health and wellbeing for the 21st century. Students complete the course with sharpened skills for making arguments and promoting ideas orally and in writing to audiences as diverse as legislators, the media, private foundations, town hall attendants, and public health policy-makers.

Required Skills


  • At least five years of experience in public health;
  • Master's or doctorate in public health or related field, or equivalent professional experience;
  • Teaching of graduate students and/or undergrads;
  • Proven ability to work with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.

Effective Date: Spring 2023 semester, open until filled

To be considered for this position please email Patty Gonzalez ([email protected]) with the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for 3 References

Please be sure to address the Required Qualifications in your documents.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Job LocationBoston, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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