Monica A. Onyango, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health
Monica Onyango
Crosstown Center – CT379
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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.


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHIH755
  • SPHIH881
  • SPHIH943


  • Published on 3/1/2015

    Onyango MA, Adu-Sarkodie Y, Agyarko-Poku T, Asafo MK, Sylvester J, Wondergem P, Green K, Wambugu S, Brennan AT, Beard J. "It''s All About Making a Life": Poverty, HIV, Violence, and Other Vulnerabilities Faced by Young Female Sex Workers in Kumasi, Ghana. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Mar 1; 68 Suppl 2:S131-7.

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  • Published on 8/29/2014

    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 . Time Series Analysis of Sexual Assault Case Characteristics and the 2007–2008 Period of Post-Election Violence in Kenya. PLOS ONE. 2014; 9(8):1-6.

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  • Published on 11/8/2013

    Sami S, Williams HA, Krause S, Onyango MA, Burton A, Tomczyk B. Responding to the Syrian crisis: the needs of women and girls. Lancet. 2014 Mar 29; 383(9923):1179-81.

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  • Published on 2/11/2013

    Onyango MA, Hixson BL, McNally S. Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health during emergencies: time for a new paradigm? Glob Public Health. 2013; 8(3):342-56.

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  • Published on 2/8/2013

    Wamai RG, Ayissi CA, Oduwo GO, Perlman S, Welty E, Welty T, Manga S, Onyango MA, Ogembo JG. Awareness, knowledge and beliefs about HPV, cervical cancer and HPV vaccines among nurses in Cameroon: an exploratory study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2013 Oct; 50(10):1399-406.

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  • Published on 5/1/2012

    Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Laura Blank and Laura Pugliese. Disaster Volunteerism: When ‘doing good’ turns bad. Monthly Developments Magazine. 2012; 30(5):15-16.

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  • Published on 3/30/2012

    Cameron Macauley, Monica Onyango, Eric Niragira. Peer-support Training for Nonliterate and Semiliterate Female Ex-combatants: Experience in Burundi. The Journal of ERW and Mine Action. 2012; (16.1):1-8.

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  • Published on 10/17/2011

    Adhiambo Onyango M, Mott S. The nexus between bridewealth, family curse, and spontaneous abortion among southern Sudanese women. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2011 Dec; 43(4):376-84.

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  • Published on 1/1/2011

    Onyango, M.A. and Hampanda, K . Social Constructions and Male Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence: Analytical Review. International Journal of Sexual Health. 2011; 23(4):237-247.

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  • Published on 12/1/2010

    Onyango MA, Owoko S, Oguttu M. Factors that influence male involvement in sexual and reproductive health in western Kenya: a qualitative study. Afr J Reprod Health. 2010 Dec; 14(4 Spec no.):32-42.

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