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The HPHR Journal formerly known as the Harvard Public Health Review, is published by the Boston Congress of Public Health (BCPH), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Mission: The mission of HPHR Journal is to improve health equity and social justice globally through the publication of public health content grounded in the thoughtful evaluation of evidence.

To this end, HPHR Journal supports emerging and established investigators producing research in multiple formats: online and print publications, videos, podcasts, ebooks, and more.

HPHR Journal
seeks content that:

  • Spurs thoughtful and substantive discussion of challenging public health issues

  • Fosters collaboration and diversity across disciplines

  • Integrates ideas and methods

  • Investigates biological, psychosocial, and environmental determinants of health

  • Translates knowledge into action

  • Impacts program and policy decisions and health practices

  • Supports work that advances health equity

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This summer, we will be rebranding BCPH’s academic journal, HPHR, as the Boston Congress of Public Health Review (BCPHR). The Journal will continue to publish research, evidence-based editorials, blogs, and more addressing health through the lenses of social justice and health equity. To better meet the needs of new and potential authors, we are seeking feedback on our latest publishing initiatives, notably the following:  

  • Expedite Publishing Campaigns: Designated time periods during which authors can submit articles for fast-tracked peer review and potential publication in 2 weeks.  

  • Graduate Express Expedite Campaigns: Late spring program that invites new and recent public health graduates to submit and potentially publish articles for only $15.00.    

  • Supplements: Year-round program that invites organizations to submit a collection of manuscripts, including research articles, op-eds, policy papers, notes from the field, and other pieces, related to a research study, intervention, and/or program in a special edition. 

Submit here or use the button above. Contact with any questions. 

Spring 2024 Expedite Campaign and Calls for Submissions


Get published in BCPH’s Academic Journal in Just 2 Weeks!

Don’t let your research gather dust! The Boston Congress of Public Health’s Grad Xpress Xpedite Campaign, running from May 1 to June 30, 2024 is an innovative program intended to accelerate scholarly publication for graduating students and recent alumni of public health schools. Submissions will received fast-tracked peer-review and be published in BCPH’s academic journal, HPHR, which is set to be rebranded as BCPH Review (BCPHR) in Summer 2024. Originally established at Harvard in 2013, HPHR has a rich history of advancing health equity and social justice. 

Pieces to consider submitting

  • Chapter from doctoral or master’s thesis  
  • Well-developed qualitative or quantitative research papers and term papers 
  • Evidence-based, editorial manuscripts
  • Poster presentations from academic practica or internships
  • Edited video or podcast with supporting evidence-based editorial. 

Here’s what you receive

  • Fast-tracked peer review:
    Receive insightful feedback and potential publication with a DOI in as little as 2 weeks.
  • Expert guidance:
    Benefit from the experience of our reviewer network, including professors, researchers, and public health alumni from top institutions.
  • Simplified process:
    Enjoy a streamlined submission process designed for busy graduates.

Who is Eligible?

  • Recent graduates and alumni (within 5 years) from any college or institution of higher education.
  • Faculty members and advisors can nominate exceptional graduating students.

General Requirements

  • All submissions must have an explicit and strong focus on the following: public health and/or clinical medicine, social justice, and health equity.
  • First-author students and/or alumni must have a valid .edu email or equivalent email address
  • 5 authors maximum can be on the manuscript
  • Expected minimum of 1000 words and maximum of 2500 word manuscripts
  • Use only AMA 10th edition style guide
  • See submission guidelines for appropriate formatting of text, tables, and other items within the manuscript
  • Manuscripts will be accepted starting May 1, 2024.

Direct questions to if you are unsure of whether your manuscript fits our eligibility criteria!

Summer 2024 Calls for Submissions

HPHR Journal welcomes submissions that speak to the publication’s mission and vision and address timely public health issues through a social justice and health equity lens. HPHR has released calls for submissions for the editions listed below: 

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Edition 49 – Lesbian HealthEdition 51 – Men’s HealthEdition 55 – Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health
Edition 57 – Indigenous HealthEdition 59 – Gun ViolenceEdition 65 – Terrorism & State Surveillance
Edition 73 – VaccinesEdition 75 – TechnologyEdition 76 – Sexual Health
Edition 78 – AgingEdition 79 – Biodesign & Public HealthEdition 80 – Transplant Justice
Edition 81 – Pulse of JusticeEdition 82 – Cognitive Health & Underserved PopulationsEdition 83 – Gentrification
Edition 84 – Environmental JusticeEdition 86 – Climate Change & HealthEdition 87 – Global Health

Please note that submissions MUST be submitted through our online portal using the appropriate submission template, available here.

Publish Project Research Findings in Weeks!

Organizations and studies are invited to submit supplements with HPHRSupplements are special collections of manuscripts, including research articles, op-eds, policy papers, notes from the field, and other pieces, related to a research study, intervention, and/or program. Learn more and complete the interest form today

HPHR Publishes the PRISM Anthology

HPHR is pleased to announce the release of the anthology PRISM: Mental Health Through the Lens of Difference, edited by Krista L. R. Cezair.

This unique volume leverages unique approaches to examining mental health at the intersection of gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and migrant status. How do women, members of the LGBTQ+ communities and immigrant/refugee communities, Black and Brown groups, and economically and politically disenfranchised peoples experience mental health, or the lack thereof? In other words, mental health does not occur in a vacuum. The outcomes of mental health are intersectional by their very nature.

With an army of HPHR Journal public health aficionados and the stewardship of the Boston Congress of Public Health, PRISM explores some of these nuances, delving into the health disparities that exist for these marginalized groups. A greater burden of disease, injury, violence, and truncated opportunities to achieve the apotheosis of health incontrovertibly exists for racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities. There is the proclamation: these often-negative differences in mental health outcomes are not innate or inevitable, coincidental or self-inflicted – but rather systemic, structural, and absolutely preventable. These differences emerge from the flames of ongoing racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and xenophobic discrimination, the scourge of rampant prejudice, and the ever-present bias that intercalate themselves throughout the fabric of society.


Fellowship Testimonials Presentation (1)

Congratulations to the 2024 Cohort of the Thought Leadership for Public Health Fellowship:

  • Buffy Jamison, MA (Fae/Fem/Faers)
    Educator, Trainer, Consultant

  • Syed Saad Ahmed, MA (He/Him/His)
    Development Communications Professional

  • Joy Belle Imagie-Douglas (She/Her/Hers)
    Graduate Research Assistant

  • Alex Sheehan (He/Him/His)
    Behavioral Health Administrator, Advocate, Public Health Practitioner

  • Sean Jones (He/Him/His)
    MD/MBA Candidate

They will be participating in a series of trainings in anticipation of building a communications platform addressing public health through the lens of equity and justice. Learn more about them here.

Become an HPHR Editor or Reviewer

It’s a new academic year, which means HPHR invites applications for folks interested in joining the editorial board as editors and reviewers. Both editors and reviewers will gain experience that counts towards their Publons account. Click here to apply to be an editor or reviewer.

Show Your Support for HPHR!

Want to find a new way to celebrate publishing with HPHR or honor public health leadership? Be sure to check out the new store run by the Boston Congress of Public Health, publisher of HPHR Journal! You can select from our four collections: Boston Congress of Public Health, HPHR Journal, BCPH Awards, and Our PRIDE! Click to visit