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Jean McGuire


Professor of the Practice

Health Sciences

Research Interests

Public health, disability care and financing


Jean McGuire has over thirty years of senior experience in local, state and national public health and disability policy and program development, management, financing, research and evaluation. She has directed local disability and long term care programs, worked as a health care lobbyist in Washington, DC, led national policy organizations and coalitions in HIV/AIDS and disability, and chaired or participated in many federal agency review processes. She served as MA Assistant Commissioner for Public Health for 5 years and, most recently, for 5 years as Assistant Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Her policy research currently focuses on public health regulatory and financing practices, and on behavioral health and other disability care integration and financing under the Affordable Care Act. She has published work in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and the Journal of Public Health Management, among others. Professor McGuire joined the Northeastern faculty in 2003; she left to serve as Assistant Secretary in 2007, returning to the Health Sciences Department in 2012. She has her MSPH from Harvard School of Public Health and her PhD from the Heller School at Brandeis University

Recent Publications

Holtgrave, D; McGuire, J; Milan,J. (2007) The Magnitude of Key HIV Prevention Challenges in the United States: Implications for the New National HIV Prevention Plan. American Journal of Public Health. 97(7): 1163–1167;

Walensky R; Losina, E; Malatesta, L; Barton,G; OConnor,O; Skolnik,R; Hall, J; McGuire, J; and Freedberg,K.(2005). Effective HIV Case Identification Through Routine HIV Screening at Urgent Care Centers in Massachusetts. Am J Public Health. 95: 71-73.

Drainoni,M; Johnson,V; McGuire, J; Gerlus,R. (2003). Providing Non-Traditional Mental Health Services to Individuals Living with HIV and AIDS: An Evaluation of Five Pilot Programs in Massachusetts. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services: Research, Practice, and Policy. 2(1): 5-18;

Kunches,L; Meehan,T; Boutwell, R; McGuire, J. (2001). Survey of Nonoccupational HIV Postexposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) in Hospital Emergency Departments. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 26: 263-265.

Orner,M; Meehan,T; Brooks,D; Mucci,L; McGuire, J. (2001). Support for Condom Availability and Needle Exchange Programs Among Massachusetts Adults, 1997. AIDS Education and Prevention. 13(4): 365-376;

McGuire, J. (2000). Inclusion, Representation, and Parity: the Making of a Public Health Response to HIV. In: Mayer,K and Pizer,H (eds). The Emergence of AIDS. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association. 181-206.


Critical Issues in Public Health and Health Care Policy, Society, Behavior, and Health, Public Health Advocacy