James Wolff

James A. Wolff, MD

Associate Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health



Dr. Wolff is an Associate Professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) where he teaches Planning and Managing Maternal and Child Health Program in Low Resource Settings, Improving Health Outcomes Using Mobile Technologies, Program Design for Global Health, and Making Programs Work: Program Implementation for Global Health. Dr. Wolff was the co-director for a BUSPH partnership with the Public Health Foundation of India and the Indian Council for Medical Research for faculty development. He was also the Co-PI for a CDC funded faculty and curriculum development partnership with Muhimbili University School of Allied Health Sciences and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Improvement. Dr. Wolff is the co-founder of collaborate.health.bu.edu created to advance practice-based teaching for public health.

Dr. Wolff is a former Senior Fellow at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) where he worked for over thirty years. At MSH Dr. Wolff assisted both public and private sector health and family planning organizations in countries throughout the world to improve their management. He has been a consultant with USAID, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, and several private organizations. Dr. Wolff’s areas of interest include use of information technologies for education, maternal and child health, emergency medicine, leadership, and management.

In addition to his management work and teaching, Dr. Wolff is a board-certified physician in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine and currently the Chief Medical Officer for Island Health Care, a federally qualified health center in Martha’s Vineyard.

In 2007 Dr. Wolff received the Community Clinician of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society. In 2013 he received the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching from Boston University School of Public Health. In 2018, Dr. Wolff received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Boston University's highest award for teaching.

Dr. Wolff received a B.A. from Harvard College, a B.M.S. from Dartmouth Medical School, a M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a M.A.T. and M.P.H. from Harvard University.


  • Columbia University, MD Field of Study: Medicine
  • Harvard University, MPH Field of Study: Tropical Medicine
  • Harvard University, MAT Field of Study: Education
  • Dartmouth College, BMedSc Field of Study: Medicine
  • Harvard University, BA Field of Study: English

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH743
  • SPHGH744
  • SPHGH941
  • SPHPH931


  • Published on 12/20/2023

    Elaina Faust, Kathleen Samways, James Wolff. How Dimagi Enables CHWs to Care for Martha's Vineyard's Highest-Need Residents. Dimagi Blog Post. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2023.

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  • Published on 11/7/2023

    Ashley Trickett1; Youxuan Wang1; James Wolff2; Kathleen Samways2; Lauren Fox3; Braxton Perry3 Dukes County Case Management Investigation Team1; Island Health Care, Martha’s Vineyard2; Dimagi3. Island Health Care Rural Public Health Nursing and Community Health Worker Case Management Solution. 2023.

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  • Published on 2/12/2022

    Greece JA, Bangham C, Wolff J, Bryant M, Gupte G, McGrath D. The Effectiveness and Flexibility of Practice-Based Teaching: A Long-term, Cross-disciplinary Evaluation. Public Health Rep. 2023 Jan-Feb; 138(1):114-122. PMID: 35152784.

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  • Published on 2/10/2022

    George ER, Sabin LL, Elliott PA, Wolff JA, Osani MC, McSwiggan Hong J, Berry WR. Examining health care champions: a mixed-methods study exploring self and peer perspectives of champions. Implement Res Pract. 2022; 3:26334895221077880. PMID: 37091082.

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  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Jacey Greece and James Wolff. Teaching Public Health, Lisa Sullivan and Sandro Galea, Editors, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. Practice-based Teaching in Public Health, Chapter 16. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore. 2019.

  • Published on 8/31/2018

    Greece JA, Wolff J, McGrath D. A Framework for Practice-Based Teaching in Public Health. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2018 Aug 31. PMID: 30180121.

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  • Published on 10/6/2017

    Mehralizade A, Schor S, Coleman CM, Oppenheim CE, Denckla CA, Borba CP, Henderson DC, Wolff J, Crane S, Nettles-Gomez P, Pal A, Milanovic S. Mobile Health Apps in OB-GYN-Embedded Psychiatric Care: Commentary. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Oct 06; 5(10):e152. PMID: 28986335.

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  • Published on 4/14/2017

    Rachael Bonawitz MD, BUSPH, Center for Global Health and Development James Wolff MD, MPH, BUSPH, Center for Global Health and Development . Global Health Learning Center Online Course on Pneumonia. USAID. Washington, DC. 2017.

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  • Published on 9/1/2016

    Clark EG, Watson J, Leemann A, Breaud AH, Feeley FG, Wolff J, Kole T, Jacquet GA. Acute care needs in an Indian emergency department: A retrospective analysis. World Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2016; 3(7):191–195.

  • Published on 6/1/2016

    Rachael Bonawitz MD, BUSPH, Center for Global Health and Development James Wolff MD, MPH, BUSPH, Center for Global Health and Development . Global Health Learning Center Online Course on Diarrheal Disease. United States Agency for International Development. Washington, DC. 2016.

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