Monica Onyango

Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health

Boston College, MS, PhD
Kenya Medical Training College, RN
Boston University, MPH

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT304
  • Phone: 617-414-1403
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Dr. Onyango has over 25 years experience in health care delivery and management. At the Department of International Health she teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings. Her experience includes Kenya Ministry of Health for ten years as a nursing officer in management positions at two hospitals and as a lecturer at the Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. Monica is also a registered nurse by Massachusetts Board of Nursing. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Onyango worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola and a refugee camp in Kenya. In South Sudan and Angola, she facilitated the design and implementation of community based health services where there had been no services for several years. At Kakuma refugee camp in North Western Kenya, she helped design the maternal and child health programs for over 20,000 refugees. Dr, Onyango has also participated in providing training for South Sudanese health workers on emergency obstetrics and neonatal care. In 2011, she co-founded the global nursing caucus (GNC) at BUSPH with a mission to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement and research. Her current research interests focus on reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health care among populations affected by disasters and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally. She holds a PhD in Nursing from Boston College, a Master of Science (nursing) degree from Boston College, a Master in Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health, Diploma in Advanced Nursing from Nairobi University, Diploma in general nursing and midwifery from Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi.



A Qualitative Analysis of Disclosure Patterns among Women with Sexual Violence-Related Pregnancies in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Gillian Burkhardt , Jennifer Scott , Shada Rouhani, Sadia Haider, Ashley Greiner , Katherine Albutt , Colleen Mullen, Michael VanRooyen , Susan Bartels

PLOS One. 2016 Oct; 11(10).

A quantitative assessment of termination of sexual violence-related pregnancies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Shada A. Rouhani, Jennifer Scott, Gillian Burkhardt, Monica A. Onyango, Sadia Haider, Ashley Greiner, Katherine Albutt, Michael VanRooyen and Susan A. Bartels

BioMed Central. 2016 Apr;.

“It’s All About Making a Life”: Poverty, HIV, Violence, and Other Vulnerabilities Faced by Young Female Sex Workers in Kumasi, Ghana

Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Mabel Kissiwah Asafo, Joy Sylvester, Peter Wondergem, Kimberly Green, Samuel Wambugu, Alana T. Brennan, and Jennifer Beard

JAIDS. 2015 Mar; 68(Supplement 2):S131–S137.

Reproductive health services for Syrian refugees in Zaatri Camp and Irbid City, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: an evaluation of the Minimum Initial Services Package

Sandra Krause, Holly Williams, Monica A Onyango, Samira Sami, Wilma Doedens, Noreen Giga, Erin Stone and Barbara Tomczyk

Conflict and Health. 2015 Feb; 9(Suppl 1):S4.

Time Series Analysis of Sexual Assault Case Characteristics and the 2007–2008 Period of Post- Election Violence in Kenya

Michael P. Anastario, Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Joan Nyanyuki, Karen Naimer, Rachel Muthoga, Susannah Sirkin, Kelle Barrick, Martijn van Hasselt, Wilson Aruasa, Cynthia Kibet, Grace Omollo

PLOS ONE. 2014 Aug; 9(8):1-6.

Understanding the Relationship Dynamics between Female Sex Workers and Their Intimate Partners in Kumasi, Ghana

Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Rose Adjei, Thomas Agyarko Poku, Kimberly Green, Sam Wambugu, Ariel Falconer, Carol Hunsberger Kopelman, Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2014 Jul.

Exploring the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of MSM engaged in substance use and transactional sex in Ghana

Jennifer Beard, Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Ivan Busulwa, Abanish Rizal, Mohammed Brooks, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2013 Mar.

“It’s All About Making a Life”: Young Female Sex Workers Vulnerability to HIV and Prevention Needs in Kumasi, Ghana

Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Joy Sylvester, Thomas Agyarko‐Poku, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu‐Sarkodie, Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID Project SEARCH; 2012 Aug.

“It’s All About Making a Life”: Young Female Sex Workers Vulnerability to HIV and Prevention Needs in Kumasi, Ghana A Qualitative Study

Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Joy Sylvester, Thomas Agyarko-­‐Poku, Kofi Akuoko, Kofi Baffuor Opoku, Yaw Adu-­‐Sarkodie, Jennifer Beard

Washington, DC: USAID; 2012 Jul.

Peer-support Training for Nonliterate and Semiliterate Female Ex-combatants: Experience in Burundi

Cameron Macauley, Monica Onyango & Eric Niragira

The Journal of ERW and Mine Action. 2012 Mar; 16(1).

Predictive Factors for Uptake of Post-Abortion Care in Western Kenya

Onyango M. A., Oguttu M., Barger M.

African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. 2010 Jul; 4(3):115-120.

The Role of Midwives during Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Making a Case for South Sudan

Onyango M. A.

Maternal Health Task Force. Blanc A.. New York, NY: EngenderHealth; 2010.

Humanitarian Responses to Complex Emergencies

Onyango M. A.

International Encyclopedia of public health. Heggenhougen, Quah K.. San Diego, CA: Academic Press; 2008.