MPH, Masters in Public Health, Boston University
MSW, Masters in Social Work, Boston University
BA, Bachelor of Arts, Boston University


Deborah Milbauer has 30 years of community-based practice experience in the field of Behavioral Public Health. Areas of focus include HIV prevention, substance use disorder, harm reduction, opioid overdose, homelessness and reproductive health. Her community non-profit work includes conducting and advising community needs assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation, community organizing, technical assistance, strategic planning, facilitation, grant writing, event-planning, curriculum development, employee training and conference presentations. Her photography has been exhibited publicly and explores the meaning of healthy communities in a demographically changing society. In 2019, Milbauer co-led a Northeastern University Dialogue of Civilizations study-abroad program in Argentina and Chile.


  • Community and Public Health
  • American Health Care Systems
  • Society, Behavior and Health
  • Global Perspectives on Discrimination and Health

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Nominated Bouvé Distinguished Teaching Award 2019/2020(undergraduate and graduate)
  • Nominated Bouvé Distinguished Teaching Award 2020/2020 (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Milton Cultural Council grant award (2020)
  • Friends of the Milton Public Library grant award (2020)
  • Celebrate Milton grant award (2018)

Selected Public Service

  • Partnership for a Healthy Milton
  • Milton Health Department
  • Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice
  • Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
  • Milton Town Meeting Member (elected position)
  • Milton Public Library: The Milton Family Portrait Project Exhibit

Selected Bodies of Work

“Business Case for Improving Health and Saving Lives: Community Needs Assessment to Advocate for a Robust Milton Health Department for the 21st Century” [Presentation and Report]. Milbauer, D., Ogando, S., Partnership for a Healthy Milton, Milton Health Department (MA), and Northeastern University (2020)

“Public Health Social Work Approaches to Substance Use Disorders for the Public Health Social Work Toolkit: Training Curriculum for Public Health Social Workers,” Milbauer, D.,  Boston University – Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education Initiative (BU-ALPS) (2018)

“Opioid Overdose Prevention in Correctional Settings: Peer-Education Curriculum,” Milbauer, D., Nnaji, C., Dolan, J., Roxbury/Jamaica Plain Substance Use Coalition, Suffolk County House of Corrections, Boston, MA (2013)

“Fatal Opioid Overdose Peer-Driven Prevention: The Power of Inmate-led Overdose Prevention in Correctional Settings,” Milbauer, D., Woy, R., Poster presentation, American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA (2013)

“HIV Prevention in Massachusetts Family Shelters: Qualitative Evaluation of Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Among Unhoused Women,” Milbauer, D., Schutt, R., LIFE LINES Friends of the Shattuck Shelter, University of Massachusetts – Boston (2001)

“HIV Prevention in Shelter Settings: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment,” ​Milbauer, D., Boston University, Dual-degree Masters Thesis/Independent Study Project, 1995