Monica A. Onyango, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health
Monica Onyango
Crosstown Center – 304
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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.


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH755
  • SPHGH766
  • SPHGH881
  • SPHGH943
  • SPHPH720


  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Onyango MA, Uwase M. Humanitarian Response to Complex Emergencies and Natural Disasters. In: Quah SR and Cockerham WC. The International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Academic Press. Oxford. 2017; 4:106-116.

  • Published on 12/21/2016

    Burkhardt G, Scott J, Onyango MA, Rouhani S, Haider S, Greiner A, Albutt K, VanRooyen M, Bartels S. Sexual violence-related pregnancies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: a qualitative analysis of access to pregnancy termination services. Confl Health. 2016; 10:30. PMID: 28031743.

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  • Published on 11/25/2016

    Rockers PC, Wirtz VJ, Vian T, Onyango MA, Ashigbie PG, Laing R. Study protocol for a cluster-randomised controlled trial of an NCD access to medicines initiative: evaluation of Novartis Access in Kenya. BMJ Open. 2016 Nov 25; 6(11):e013386. PMID: 27888177.

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  • Published on 10/14/2016

    Onyango MA, Burkhardt G, Scott J, Rouhani S, Haider S, Greiner A, Albutt K, Mullen C, VanRooyen M, Bartels S. A Qualitative Analysis of Disclosure Patterns among Women with Sexual Violence-Related Pregnancies in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. PLoS One. 2016; 11(10):e0164631. PMID: 27741262.

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  • Published on 4/6/2016

    Rouhani SA, Scott J, Burkhardt G, Onyango MA, Haider S, Greiner A, Albutt K, VanRooyen M, Bartels SA. A quantitative assessment of termination of sexual violence-related pregnancies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Confl Health. 2016; 10:9. PMID: 27053946.

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  • 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. PMID: 25723977.

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  • Published on 2/2/2015

    Krause S, Williams H, Onyango MA, Sami S, Doedens W, Giga N, Stone E, Tomczyk B. Reproductive health services for Syrian refugees in Zaatri Camp and Irbid City, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: an evaluation of the Minimum Initial Services Package. Confl Health. 2015; 9(Suppl 1 Taking Stock of Reproductive Health in Humanitarian):S4. PMID: 25798190.

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  • Published on 8/29/2014

    Anastario MP, Adhiambo Onyango M, Nyanyuki J, Naimer K, Muthoga R, Sirkin S, Barrick K, van Hasselt M, Aruasa W, Kibet C, Omollo G. Time series analysis of sexual assault case characteristics and the 2007-2008 period of post-election violence in Kenya. PLoS One. 2014; 9(8):e106443. PMID: 25170917.

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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. PMID: 24211044.

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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. PMID: 23394618.

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