Senior Lecturer

Deborah Milbauer, MPH, MSW

Health Sciences


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 community photography exhibits in 2021 (The Milton Family Portrait Project) and in 2012 (My Neighborhood 350 Years Later)

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

Contact Information


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Curriculum Vitae