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Dean, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and Program Co-Director
Linda Hyman, PhD

Program Director
Linda L. Barnes, PhD, MTS, MA

Program Assistant Director
Lance Laird, ThD, MDiv

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Program Steering Committee
Linda L. Barnes, PhD, MTS, MA, Co-Chair (Family Medicine and Division of Religious & Theological Studies)
Linda Hyman, PhD Associate Provost of BUSM and Dean of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
Lance D. Laird, ThD (Family Medicine and Division of Religious & Theological Studies)
Lisa Messersmith, PhD (School of Public Health)
Barbara Bokhour, PhD (School of Public Health)

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The program draws on the expertise of its core faculty (Barnes and Laird) and affiliated faculty (Messersmith and Ostrach), who work on a range of theoretical, ethnographic, and applied initiatives, as well as on the wide range of faculty expertise represented at the greater medical campus and the Charles River Campus. The program’s faculty work in close collaboration with faculty on both campuses, as well as with community groups and practitioners.

Each entering student will be assigned a major adviser from within the program, who will help them design a program tailored to their intellectual, personal, and professional goals, and will continue to advise them throughout their two-year program. The adviser will also help the student locate additional mentors specializing in the student’s concentration interests. By the end of the second semester, students are expected to select two Associate Advisers who will serve on the student’s Final Project committee.

Each student’s primary adviser must be a member of the faculty of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. Strong relationships currently exist between the faculty and staff of the Boston Healing Landscape Project, and faculty and program directors in the School of Public Health, and the Charles River Campus Departments of Religion, Anthropology, and Sociology. In addition to strengthening these relationships and related collaborations, the proposed degree will also foster collaboration with the Departments of History, African American Studies, and East Asian Studies. These interdisciplinary, cross-campus bridges will help the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences meet the university’s goals of building such collaborations.

Core Faculty

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Linda L. Barnes,  M.T.S., M.A., Ph.D, Director of MACCP

Professor of Family Medicine, BUSM, and Division of Religious and Theological Studies, BU

lbarnes@bu.edu 617.414.4534     Bio & CV

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Lance D. Laird, M.Div, Th.D, Assistant Director of MACCPAssistant Professor of Family Medicine, BUSM, and Division of Religious and Theological Studies, BU

llaird@bu.edu 617.414.3660     Bio & CV

For an interview with Drs. Barnes and Laird, see this GMS Spotlight on Faculty.

Affiliated Faculty

 

Lisa-BackgroundLisa Messersmith, M.P.H., Ph.D

Associate Professor of International Health, BU School of Public Health

ljmesser@bu.edu 617.414.1449     Bio & CV

Bayla-BackgroundBayla Ostrach, M.A., Ph.D

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Family Medicine, BUSM

ostrachb@bu.edu Bio & CV

 

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