Collette N. Ncube, DrPH, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Health Sciences, Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research

Office: 314 INV

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 617.373.7615

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Dr. Ncube is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. She is a maternal and child health researcher dedicated to understanding and addressing racial/ethnic disparities. Her research involves the disciples of perinatal and social epidemiology. Her body of work provides evidence in support of the transmission of poor birth outcomes across generations, differences by maternal race and offspring sex in transgenerational risk, and the significant role of intergenerational social and economic neighborhood context in perpetuating racial/ethnic disparities. She has active projects in the following topic areas: racial/ethnic disparities in maternal morbidity/mortality, antepartum and intrapartum stillbirth risk, and socioeconomic (dis)advantage across the lifecourse with respect to later life reproductive outcomes.

Dr. Ncube completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington (NIH T32 Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology). She was a Northeastern University Future Faculty Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences and the (former) Institute of Urban Health Research prior to joining the faculty of Northeastern University. Dr. Ncube is presently a Health Equity Faculty Scholar in the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University.



  • MPH, Health Policy & Management, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • MS, Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • DrPH, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Research Interests:

  • Maternal and child health, maternal mortality/morbidity, perinatal health, social determinants of health and disease, health disparities, life course perspective, developmental origins of health and disease, transgenerational transmission of risk.


Selected Recent Publications:

  • Ncube C. N., Gavin A. R., Williams M. A., Qiu C., Sorensen T. K., and Enquobahrie D. A. Sex-specific Associations of Maternal Birthweight with Offspring Birthweight in the Omega Study. Annals of Epidemiology, 2017, 27 (5), 308-314. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.04.006
  • Ncube, C. N., Enquobahrie, D. A., Burke, J. G., Ye, F., Marx, J., and Albert, S. M. Transgenerational Transmission of Preterm Birth Risk: The Role of Race and Socio-economic Neighborhood Context. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2017, 21 (8), 1616-1626. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-2251-2
  • Ncube, C. N., Enquobahrie, D. A., Albert, S. M., Herrick, A. L., and Burke, J. G. Association of Neighborhood Context with Offspring Risk of Preterm Birth and Low Birthweight: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Population-based Studies. Social Science & Medicine, 2016, 153, 156-164. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.02.014