Neil Maniar, Director of the MPH program at Northeastern University

Neil Maniar


Director, Master of Public Health Program; Professor of Practice

Public Health and Health Sciences


Dr. Maniar is a Professor of Practice and the Director of the Master of Public Health in Urban Health (MPH) program in the Department of Health Sciences in the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Prior to this, he was the Vice President, Health Systems, of the American Cancer Society’s New England Division, overseeing cancer control efforts in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. As the Division’s Health Systems leader, he led a team of 40 staff working within health care systems to increase utilization of cancer prevention strategies and cancer screening tests; to reduce barriers to care for cancer patients; to help patients navigate the cancer journey; and to engage health care organizations in fighting cancer through the Society’s advocacy and community initiatives. He also served on the Division’s Senior Leadership Team.

Prior to joining the ACS, he was the Director of Health Equity Programs in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Community Health and Health Equity. Dr. Maniar was also the founding director of the Massachusetts Youth Violence Prevention Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He created this program through a $200,000 CDC grant in 2004 and directed its growth into a program with $3,500,000 in state funding by 2008. He also founded and co-chaired the Massachusetts Coalition for Youth Violence Prevention and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Public Health Association.