Jonathan L. Howland, PhD

Professor, Emergency Medicine

Jonathan Howland


Dr. Howland graduated Northeastern University 1976 with an MPA, Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) 1984 with an MPH in epidemiology and received his Ph.D. in 1986 in Health Policy. That same year, he joined the faculty at BUSPH and most recently served as Professor, Community Health Sciences. His teachings range from Community Interventions, Social and Behavioral Sciences to an Advanced MPH, Intervention Research Program. Dr. Howland served as Chair of BUSPH Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and remains a professor in that department as well as a visiting professor at the Kalmar Maritime Academy in Sweden and Core Faculty, Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC).

In July 2010, Jonathan joined the Faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) as the Director of Public Health and Injury Prevention Research. In this role, Dr. Howland will oversee and guide the Emergency Department’s Public Health research efforts focusing on harm and injury reduction, alcohol and substance abuse interventions, as well as overall public health policy as a preventative measure. As Senior Investigator, Dr. Howland will spearhead all Public Health collaborations across New England Institutions studying injury prevention and oversee and expand public health research efforts in the emergency department at BMC.

Areas of research interests include: falls among the elderly; prevention of sexually transmitted infections in high-risk populations; reduction of human error in safety-sensitive systems (training simulators to measure outcomes are used); low-dose and residual alcohol effects on occupational and neurocognitive performance; the relative effects of caffeinated vs. non-caffeinated alcoholic beverages on risk-taking behaviors among adolescents and young adults.

Serving as Principal Investigator, Dr. Howland’s research has been supported by grants from the NIH, CDC, DOD, DHHS, RWJ, as well as other distinguished agencies.

Other Positions

  • Research Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Boston Medical Center


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Northeastern University, MPA
  • Columbia University, BA


  • Published on 1/6/2021

    Howland J, Hackman H, Torres A, Campbell J, Olshaker J. It is time to rewrite state youth sports concussion laws. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2021; 7(1):e000959. PMID: 33456786.

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  • Published on 5/28/2020

    Campbell J, Howland J, Hess C, Nelson K, Stern RA, Torres A, Olshaker J. Disparities in baseline neurocognitive testing for student concussion management in Massachusetts high schools. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2020; 6(1):e000752. PMID: 32537243.

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  • Published on 4/20/2020

    Howland J, Campbell J, Brown L, Torres A, Olshaker J, Pearson R, Hess C. Perceptions of implementation of Massachusetts sports concussion regulations: results of a survey of athletic directors. Inj Epidemiol. 2020 Apr 20; 7(1):13. PMID: 32307023.

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  • Published on 4/16/2020

    O'Hara K, Campbell J, Torres A, Olshaker J, Howland J. Evaluation of Implementation of Massachusetts Sports Concussion Regulations: Results of Focus Groups with Athletic Directors. Cureus. 2020 Apr 16; 12(4):e7691. PMID: 32431970.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    Baird J, Faul M, Green TC, Howland J, Adams CA, Hodne MJ, Bohlen N, Mello MJ. Evaluation of a Safer Opioid Prescribing Protocol (SOPP) for Patients Being Discharged From a Trauma Service. J Trauma Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 26(3):113-120. PMID: 31483766.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Jantzen C, Madsen CM, Abrahamsen B, Van Der Mark S, Duus BR, Howland J, Lauritzen JB, Jørgensen HL. Pre-fracture medication use as a predictor of 30-day mortality in hip fracture patients: an analysis of 141,201 patients. Hip Int. 2020 Jan; 30(1):101-106. PMID: 30821177.

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  • Published on 12/18/2018

    Hackman H, Howland J, Taylor A, Brown L, Gapinski MA, Olshaker J, Stern RA. Application of Components of the Massachusetts' Sports Concussion Regulations to All Students With Concussion: A Survey of School Nurses. J Sch Nurs. 2020 Aug; 36(4):265-271. PMID: 30563410.

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  • Published on 10/11/2018

    Howland J, Hackman H, Taylor A, O'Hara K, Liu J, Brusch J. Older adult fall prevention practices among primary care providers at accountable care organizations: A pilot study. PLoS One. 2018; 13(10):e0205279. PMID: 30307974.

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  • Published on 6/19/2017

    Shankar KN, Treadway NJ, Taylor AA, Breaud AH, Peterson EW, Howland J. Older adult falls prevention behaviors 60 days post-discharge from an urban emergency department after treatment for a fall. Inj Epidemiol. 2017 Dec; 4(1):18. PMID: 28626848.

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  • Published on 6/13/2017

    Baird J, Faul M, Green TC, Howland J, Adams CA, George A, Mello MJ. A retrospective review of unintentional opioid overdose risk and mitigating factors among acutely injured trauma patients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Sep 01; 178:130-135. PMID: 28647680.

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