Ziming Xuan, ScD, SM, MA

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Ziming Xuan
(617) 638-4118zxuan@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT443
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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 Primary Care Academic Fellowship Program of Boston University School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the Injury Prevention Center at Boston Medical Center. 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 (i.e., youth, patients with substance abuse, and women). 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, marijuana, other substance use and guns, youth health, alcohol advertising, impaired driving, substance use disorders, mental health and addiction. 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. He has been the Principal Investigator of an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study alcohol policies and leading causes of alcohol-related mortality in the United States. He has been awarded as a co-investigator on research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Cancer Society. Currently he is serving as an Assistant Field Editor for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Dr. Xuan has provided research expertise to various health agencies including the World Health Organization, and Innovations for Poverty Action among others. His university activities include serving as a member for the Boston University Faculty Council Nominating Committee. His research has been featured by Reuters, CNN, US News & World Report, and the Boston Globe among others. At Boston University School of Public Health, he has been teaching SB822: Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation, for the Master of Public Health graduate program.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • Harvard University, ScD
  • Harvard University, SM
  • University of Connecticut, MA
  • Nanjing University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB822
  • SPHSB822


  • Published on 9/12/2016

    Xuan Z, Naimi TS, Kaplan MS, Bagge CL, Few LR, Maisto S, Saitz R, Freeman R. Alcohol Policies and Suicide: A Review of the Literature. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2016; DOI: 10.1111/acer.13203.

  • Published on 9/1/2016

    Lasser KE, Hanchate AD, McCormick D, Chu C, Xuan Z, Kressin NR. Massachusetts Health Reform's Effect on Hospitals' Racial Mix of Patients and on Patients' Use of Safety-net Hospitals. Med Care. 2016 Sep; 54(9):827-36. PMID: 27261638.

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  • Published on 8/23/2016

    Xuan Z. Moderate drinkers may not have reduced risk of all-cause mortality: a lifecourse perspective. Evid Based Med. 2016 Aug 23. PMID: 27555636.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Penti B, Liebschutz JM, Kopcza B, Xuan Z, Odell C, Saper R. Novel peer review method for improving controlled substance prescribing in primary care. J Opioid Manag. 2016 Jul-Aug; 12(4):269-79. PMID: 27575828.

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  • Published on 6/17/2016

    Naimi TS, Stockwell T, Zhao J, Xuan Z, Dangardt F, Saitz R, Liang W, Chikritzhs T. Selection biases in observational studies affect associations between 'moderate' alcohol consumption and mortality. Addiction. 2016 Jun 17. PMID: 27316346.

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  • Published on 5/19/2016

    Naimi TS, Daley JI, Xuan Z, Blanchette JG, Chaloupka FJ, Jernigan DH. Who Would Pay for State Alcohol Tax Increases in the United States? Prev Chronic Dis. 2016; 13:E67. PMID: 27197080.

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  • Published on 4/19/2016

    Park TW, Saitz R, Nelson KP, Xuan Z, Liebschutz JM, Lasser KE. The Association Between Benzodiazepine Prescription and Aberrant Drug-related Behaviors in Primary Care Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain. Subst Abus. 2016 Apr 19; 0. PMID: 27092738.

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  • Published on 2/2/2016

    Xuan Z. Light to moderate alcohol intake may be associated with non-minimal cancer risk. Evid Based Med. 2016 Apr; 21(2):77. PMID: 26839401.

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  • Published on 1/26/2016

    Xuan Z, Babor TF, Naimi TS, Blanchette JG, Chaloupka FJ. Comment on "binge drinking and alcohol prices". Health Econ Rev. 2015 Dec; 6(1):4. PMID: 26810944.

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  • Published on 11/1/2015

    Xuan Z, Hemenway D. State Gun Law Environment and Youth Gun Carrying in the United States. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Nov; 169(11):1024-31. PMID: 26390045.

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