Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH
- Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health
- Professor of Epidemiology
- Professor of Global Public Health
- Professor of Preventive Medicine
- Professor of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Division, Michigan Medicine
- Director, Preventive Medicine Residency
- Associate Director, Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center
- Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
- 5208 SPH II
- 1415 Washington Heights
- Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029
Dr. Boulton is serving as the first Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health and Director, Office of Global Public Health. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency in the Dept of Epidemiology. He is also the Associate Director of the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center and Director of the Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies in the Dept of Health Management & Policy. He is the former and first Associate Dean for Practice (2004-2010) and founded the Office of Public Health Practice. Before joining the University of Michigan, he worked several years as a local health department Medical Director in four health departments and later as the governor’s Chief Medical Executive and State Epidemiologist where he was lead physician/epidemiologist for the state health department with oversight responsibility for the state’s communicable disease surveillance and control, immunization programs, environmental health, vital records and health statistics, Medicaid, substance abuse and mental health services. He is past Vice President of the Michigan Public Health Institute, a former commissioned officer in the US FDA, and served 5 years on the CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors for Infectious Diseases. He currently holds an appointment as Scientific Advisor to the Tianjin Centers for Disease Control in China and is on the US CDC’s MMWR Editorial Board. His research interests are in global public, infectious disease epidemiology, childhood vaccinations and vaccine preventable disease, preventive medicine, and the health workforce.
- PUBHLTH350: Global Public Health: Challenges and Transformations Syllabus (PDF)
- EPID650: Principles and Practice of Preventive Medicine
- EPID607: Applied Epidemiology in Public Health Practice (1998-2013)
- EPID503: Strategies and Uses of Epidemiology (1999)
- EPID660: Human Reproductive Biology (1992-2000)
- EPID690: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (1995-1997)
- EPID661: Family Planning Health Services (1993-1999)
- EPID620: US Population Policies and Programs (1993)
- M.P.H. International Health, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1991
- Preventive Medicine Residency, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1989-1991
- Medical Internship, Department of Family Practice, University of Michigan, 1988-1989
- M.D., University of Nevada School of Medicine, 1987
- B.S. Plant Biology w/ honors, University of Nevada, 1980
- B.S. Zoology w/ honors, University of Nevada, 1980
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Boulton’s research interests are in global public health, infectious disease epidemiology and control, childhood vaccination and vaccine preventable diseases, use of immunization information system data and systems development, preventive medicine, and the health workforce. Grant programs for which he serves as PI total approximately $1.5 million per year are as follows:
Current Research (2016-2017)
- Assessing Population Immunity to Accomplish Measles Elimination in India (Principal Investigator)-funded by the Trehan Foundation. In collaboration with the Dept of Pediatrics at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, supports development of a population profile of measles susceptibility. The project involves drawing serology on approximately 2000 mother-infant pairs to assess antibody status and follow infants over time. .
- Chinese Parents’ Valuation of Risks and Benefits of Pediatric Combination and Co-Administered Vaccines (Principal Investigator)-funded by University of Michigan M-Cubed Program: Supports development of a survey of Chinese caregivers of children to evaluate attitudes and knowledge regarding risks and benefits of pediatric vaccinations by epidemiology post-doctoral fellow.
- Chinese Parents’ Valuation of Pediatric Combination and Co-Administered Vaccines (Principal Investigator)-funded by the PhRMA Foundation. Supports assessment of Chinese parents’ attitudes regarding combination and co-administered pediatric immunizations by post-doctoral fellow.
- Afghanistan Biosciences Fellowship Program (Principal Investigator)-funded by the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF Global): Supports training and education of Afghan physicians and public health professional in public health sciences and research methodology.
- American Journal of Preventive Medicine Editorial Office (Principal Investigator)-funded by the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research. This grant funds the editorial offices of the AJPM which are located at U-M SPH Department of Epidemiology and supports Dr. Boulton’s role as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.
- Preventive Medicine Residency (Principal Investigator and Director)—funded by HRSA. Support the administrative offices of the PMR and provides funding support for physician residents training for board certification in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
- Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center (co-PI)-funded by HRSA (located in HMP Dept). Conducts research to make recommendations in support of producing a behavioral health workforce of sufficient size and skill to meet the nation's behavioral health needs.
- Wagner AL, Boulton ML, Mukherjee B, Sigmond-Fisher B. Perceptions of measles, pneumonia, and meningitis vaccines among caregivers in Shanghai, China. BMC Pediatrics. 2017; 17:143. doi:10.1186/s12887-017-0900-2. PMID: 28606106
- Mubarak M, Wagner AL, Carlson B, Boulton ML, Hygienic behaviors and risks for ascariasis among college students in Kabul, Afghanistan, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2017 doi:10.4269/ajtmh.16-0968
- Wagner AL, Mubarak MY, Johnson LE, Porth JM, Yousif JE, Boulton ML, Trends of Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Afghanistan from the Disease Early Warning System, 2009-2015, PLoS One, 12(6):e0178677. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178677 PMID: 28570694
- Wagner AL, Porth JM, Bettampadi D, Boulton ML, Have community health workers increased the delivery of maternal and child healthcare in India. Journal of Public Health pp 1-7, doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdx087
- Singh AK, Wagner AL, Joshi J, Carlson BF, Aneja S, Boulton ML. Application of the revised WHO causality assessment protocol for adverse events following immunization in India.Vaccine. 2017 Jun 22. pii: S0264-410X(17)30804-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.06.027 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:28648545
- Wagner AL, Boulton ML, Sun X, Harmsen IA, Ren J, Zikmund-Fischer BJ, Parental concerns about vaccine scheduling in Shanghai, China, Vaccine. doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.06.077
- Wang X, Wagner AL, Zhang Y, Carlson BF, Ding Y, Montgomery JP, Gillespie B, Boulton ML, Risk factors for measles among infants in Tianjin, China, Public Health. 2017;151:114-117. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2017.07.001
- Beck AJ, Coronado F, Boulton ML, Merrill JA, The Public Health Workforce Taxonomy: Revisions and Recommendations for Implementation. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (In Press)
- Wagner AL, Eccleston A, Potter R, Boulton ML, Timeliness of Vaccine Administration in Michigan Children, 2006-2012, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (In Press)
- Boulton ML, WangX, Wagner AL, Zhang Y, Carlson B, Gillespie B, Ding Y, Measles Antibodies in Mother-Infant Dyads in Tianjin, China; The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2017 Sep 2. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jix453. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28968908
- Wagner AL, Boulton ML, Gillespie BW, Zhang Y, Ding Y, Carlson BF, Luo X, Montgomery JP, Wang X, Risk factors for measles among adults in Tianjin, China: who should be controls in a case-control study, PLoS One. 2017 Sep 26;12(9):e0185465. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185465. eCollection 2017. PMID: 28950011
- Wang X, Carlson BF, Su A, Li X, Zhang Y, Montgomery JP, Ding Y, Wagner AL, Gillespie B, Boulton ML, Dried Blood Spots: An Evaluation of Utility in the Field, J Infect Public Health. 2017 Sep 28. pii: S1876-0341(17)30248-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jiph.2017.09.014. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28965796
- Chakhunashvili G, Wagner AL, Machablishvili A,Karseladze I, Tarkhan-Mouravi O, Zakhashvili K, Imnadze P, Boulton ML, Implementation of a sentinel surveillance system for influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) in the country of Georgia, 2015-2016; International Journal of Infectious Diseases (In Press)
- Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
- Editorial Board, US CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
- Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine
- Alpha Omega Alpha
- American Public Health Association
- National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
- International Society for Infectious Diseases
- American Association of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- Association of Prevention Teaching and Research