Nancy Scott

Nancy A. Scott, MPH, DrPH

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


Nancy Scott, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and a faculty member of the Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD). She has over 12 years of experience in global public health program design, implementation and mixed-method process and impact evaluation. Her research interests lie in evaluating public health programs and translating that evidence into programmatic and policy relevant products in the areas of maternal and child health, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and social support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Dr. Scott teaches a course in monitoring and evaluating global public health programs that is grounded in the realities of implementing and evaluating complex programs in extremely resource-constrained environments and teaches similar short courses in evaluation for public health practitioners in South Africa and Tanzania. She serves as the head of the monitoring and evaluation emphasis area for the Global Health concentration. She spent five years resident in Zambia managing the CGHD’s research and service delivery portfolio and continues her work throughout sub-Saharan Africa primarily in Ethiopia, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.


  • Boston University School of Public Health, DPH/DrPH Field of Study: International Health
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH Field of Study: International Health
  • Santa Clara University, BSc Field of Study: Biology


Classes Taught

  • SPHPH511
  • SPHPH854


  • Published on 4/27/2023

    Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Rockers PC, Fink G, Juntunen A, Hamer DH, Chirwa B, Scott NA. A Qualitative Assessment of Community Acceptability and Use of a Locally Developed Children's Book to Increase Shared Reading and Parent-Child Interactions in Rural Zambia. Ann Glob Health. 2023; 89(1):28. PMID: 37124937.

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  • Published on 4/6/2023

    Juntunen A, Scott NA, Kaiser JL, Vian T, Ngoma T, Mataka KK, Bwalya M, Sakanga V, Kalaba D, Biemba G, Rockers PC, Hamer DH, Long LC. A cost description of the setup costs of community-owned maternity waiting homes in rural Zambia. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(4):e0000340. PMID: 37022997.

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  • Published on 2/3/2023

    Falgas-Bague I, Thembo T, Kaiser JL, Hamer DH, Scott NA, Ngoma T, Paul R, Juntunen A, Rockers PC, Fink G. Trends in maternal mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic-evidence from Zambia. PLoS One. 2023; 18(2):e0281091. PMID: 36735688.

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  • Published on 1/18/2023

    Sialubanje C, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Mwananyanda L, Fong RM, Hamer DH, Scott NA. Postnatal care services in rural Zambia: a qualitative exploration of user, provider, and community perspectives on quality of care. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023 Jan 18; 23(1):39. PMID: 36653751.

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  • Published on 12/12/2022

    Juntunen A, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Hamer DH, Fink G, Rockers PC, Biemba G, Scott NA. Lessons from a Year of COVID-19 in Zambia: Reported Attendance and Mask Wearing at Large Gatherings in Rural Communities. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2023 Feb 01; 108(2):384-393. PMID: 36509059.

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  • Published on 9/28/2022

    Scott NA, Kaiser JL, Jack BW, Nkabane-Nkholongo EL, Juntunen A, Nash T, Alade M, Vian T. Observational study of the clinical performance of a public-private partnership national referral hospital network in Lesotho: Do improvements last over time? PLoS One. 2022; 17(9):e0272568. PMID: 36170285.

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  • Published on 9/12/2022

    Lee HE, Veliz PT, Maffioli EM, Munro-Kramer ML, Sakala I, Chiboola NM, Ngoma T, Kaiser JL, Rockers PC, Scott NA, Lori JR. The role of Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILCs) in improving community-level household wealth, financial preparedness for birth, and utilization of reproductive health services in rural Zambia: a secondary analysis. BMC Public Health. 2022 Sep 12; 22(1):1724. PMID: 36096779.

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  • Published on 7/25/2022

    Fong RM, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Vian T, Bwalya M, Sakanga VR, Lori JR, Kuhfeldt KJ, Musonda G, Munro-Kramer M, Rockers PC, Hamer DH, Ahmed Mdluli E, Biemba G, Scott NA. Barriers and facilitators to facility-based delivery in rural Zambia: a qualitative study of women's perceptions after implementation of an improved maternity waiting homes intervention. BMJ Open. 2022 Jul 25; 12(7):e058512. PMID: 35879007.

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  • Published on 5/24/2022

    Vian T, Kaiser JL, Ngoma T, Juntunen A, Mataka KK, Bwalya M, Sakanga VIR, Rockers PC, Hamer DH, Biemba G, Scott NA. Planning for Maternity Waiting Home Bed Capacity: Lessons from Rural Zambia. Ann Glob Health. 2022; 88(1):37. PMID: 35651969.

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  • Published on 5/17/2022

    Assoumou SA, Peterson A, Ginman E, James T, Pierre CM, Hamilton S, Chapman S, Goldie J, Koenig R, Mendez-Escobar E, Leaver H, Graham R, Crichlow R, Weaver T, Cotterell S, Valdez G, De Las Nueces D, Scott NA, Linas BP, Cherry PM. Addressing Inequities in SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Uptake: The Boston Medical Center Health System Experience. Ann Intern Med. 2022 Jun; 175(6):879-884. PMID: 35576586.

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