Ziming Xuan

Faculty Research Fellow
Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
(617) 638-4118

The Epidemiological Transition of Alcohol Problems and Policy Issues in China and India: A Tale of Two Countries

Along with rapid economic growth in China and India in the past several decades, there has been a striking increase in social and health issues related to alcohol use and misuse. Alcohol policies have been shown as an effective population-level driver in reducing alcohol-related morbidity and mortality in developed countries, yet the research evidence in both China and India is lacking. The aim of this project is to establish a multidisciplinary and policy-relevant program of research on the impacts of alcohol policies during the epidemiological transition in both countries. This project will include a review study of the literature on alcohol policy research in China and India. This project will also assess the feasibility of conducting legal research to identify nation-wide and state-specific alcohol policies and examine health surveillance data sources on alcohol use and related morbidity and mortality in China and India.


BA, Nanjing University; MA, University of Connecticut; SM/ScM, Harvard University; ScD, Harvard University


Ziming Xuan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also a faculty member of the Injury Prevention Center at Boston Medical Center and a faculty member of the Primary Care Academic Fellowship Program of Boston University School of Medicine. He is a social epidemiologist who is interested in understanding the influence of social-contextual determinants, especially policy determinants on health, particularly among vulnerable populations (e.g., youth). He is also interested in the methodologies involved in social-behavioral interventions to promote healthy behavioral changes and enhance community well-being. His research interests include health policies related to alcohol, opioid, marijuana, other substance use, firearms, youth health, alcohol advertising, impaired driving, substance use disorders, and mental health. He received his Doctor of Science Degree (Sc.D.) in public health in 2010 and Master’s Degree (S.M.) in Biostatistics in 2008 from Harvard University.