Deborah Milbauer


Senior Lecturer

Public Health and Health Sciences


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 Publications

“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