Lois McCloskey, DrPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), where she teaches Implementing Community Health Initiatives: A Field-based Course in Leadership and Consultation, and Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: From Rights to Justice. She specializes in practice-based courses that engage students in the application of their skills and knowledge to real-life challenges.
Dr. McCloskey serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Co-Director of the MCH Certificate, and Director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH), a Center dedicated to the education of a diverse, ready-to-lead MCH workforce. Her work focuses on optimizing health care systems to better support the needs of women, and engaging and activating women—particularly in under-served communities—to be full partners in reproductive health care and planning. Prior to joining the BU faculty, Dr. McCloskey co-founded the Institute for Urban Health Policy and Research for the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals, and served as its Senior Research Scientist for seven years, leading research and community action initiatives designed to mobilize community residents, health professionals, academics, and policy-makers to eliminate racial disparities in infant death and pre-term birth.