Monica L. Wang, ScD

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Monica Wang
Crosstown Center – 441E
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Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work focuses on addressing racial/ethnic and social inequities in obesity and chronic diseases through community-engaged interventions and pursuing cross-sector collaborations to implement and disseminate programs and policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity. One of her recent studies focuses on empowering youth to reduce sugary drink intake and obesity risk in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She has generated over $4 million in federal and foundation funding for her program of research and published over 50 manuscripts, book chapters, and policy documents. As an expert in curriculum development and online education, Dr. Wang has developed and taught graduate courses (traditional and hybrid) at Harvard and Boston University since 2010. She has received numerous awards for her research, teaching, and service, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine Early Investigator Award and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award. At the national level, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and as the Society's Chair of the Civic and Public Engagement Committee.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS
  • Tufts University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB800


  • Published on 8/7/2020

    Wang ML, Behrman P, Dulin A, Baskin ML, Buscemi J, Alcaraz KI, Goldstein CM, Carson TL, Shen M, Fitzgibbon M. Addressing inequities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality: research and policy recommendations. Transl Behav Med. 2020 Aug 07; 10(3):516-519. PMID: 32542349.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Otis M, Zhu J, Mustafa-Kutana SN, Bernier AV, Ma Shum J, Soros Dupre AA, Wang ML. Testing Usability and Feasibility of a Mobile Educator Tool for Pediatric Diabetes Self-Management: Mixed Methods Pilot Study. JMIR Form Res. 2020 May 01; 4(5):e16262. PMID: 32356773.

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  • Published on 11/1/2019

    Wang ML, Lusk K. Engaging Local Policy Makers in Public Health: Current Perceptions and Future Directions. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Nov/Dec; 25(6):619-620. PMID: 31569193.

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  • Published on 10/1/2019

    Wang ML. Relevance and Uses of the Getting to Equity in Obesity Prevention Framework. Am J Public Health. 2019 10; 109(10):1321-1322. PMID: 31483733.

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  • Published on 8/26/2019

    Lusk K, Wang ML. In: AcademyHealth Blog. Enlisting America’s Mayors as Public Health Allies. 2019.

  • Published on 7/30/2019

    Wang ML, Otis M, Rosal MC, Griecci CF, Lemon SC. Reducing sugary drink intake through youth empowerment: results from a pilot-site randomized study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2019 07 30; 16(1):58. PMID: 31362753.

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  • Published on 7/10/2019

    Wang ML, McElfish PA, Long CR, Lee MS, Bursac Z, Kozak AT, Ko LK, Kulik N, Kim Yeary KH. BMI and related risk factors among U.S. Marshallese with diabetes and their families. Ethn Health. 2019 Jul 10; 1-13. PMID: 31288554.

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  • Published on 6/4/2019

    Godinez Puig L, Lusk K, Wang ML. Mayors and the Health of Cities. Boston. 2019.

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  • Published on 4/30/2019

    Wang ML, Otis M. In: Urban Health. Eds. S Galea, CK Ettman, D Vlahov. Improving Access to Healthy Food in Cities. Oxford University Press. 2019.

  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Menon U, Ashing K, Chang MW, Christy SM, Friberg-Felsted K, Rivas VG, Gwede CK, Lu Q, Meade CD, Sly J, Wang M, Yanez B, Yeary K, Yi JC, Alcaraz KI. Application of the ConNECT Framework to Precision Health and Health Disparities. Nurs Res. 2019 Mar/Apr; 68(2):99-109. PMID: 30540700.

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