Ziming Xuan

Ziming Xuan, ScD, SM, MA

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health



Ziming Xuan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is a faculty member of the Primary Care Academic Fellowship Program, and a faculty member of the Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science (TTPAS) at Boston University School of Medicine. He is a faculty member of the Injury Prevention Center, and a member of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) research and program evaluation team at Boston Medical Center. He is a Frederick Pardee Faculty Research Fellow at Boston University.

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 led 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, the National Institute of Justice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 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 research has been featured by Reuters, CNN, US News & World Report, and the Boston Globe among others.

Dr. Xuan is currently serving as a member of the Faculty Senate, Doctoral Committee, and Education Committee (evaluation subcommittee). His prior university activities include serving as a member for the Boston University Faculty Council Nominating Committee. At Boston University School of Public Health, he has been teaching SB822: Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation. He is currently the director of Health Communication and Promotion certificate for the MPH program at the school.

Other Positions

  • - Boston Medical Center


  • 2010 - Harvard University, ScD Field of Study: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • 2001 - University of Connecticut, MA Field of Study: Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • 1999 - Nanjing University, BA Field of Study: English
  • 2008 - Harvard University, SM/ScM Field of Study: Biostatistics


Classes Taught

  • SPHPH845
  • SPHSB822


  • Published on 3/11/2021

    Green TC, Stopka T, Xuan Z, Davis TC, Boggis J, Irwin AN, Gray M, Hartung DM, Bratberg J. Examining nonprescription syringe sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2021 Mar 11. PMID: 33820716.

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  • Published on 2/1/2021

    Egan KA, Xuan Z, Silverstein M. Realizing the Potential of Nurse Home Visiting. Pediatrics. 2021 Feb; 147(2). PMID: 33483449.

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  • Published on 1/11/2021

    Hackman HH, Young LD, Galanto D, Johnson D, Xuan Z. Opioid days' supply limits: an interrupted time-series analysis of opioid prescribing before and following a Massachusetts law. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2021 Jan 11; 1-10. PMID: 33428460.

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  • Published on 1/8/2021

    Hong T, Wu J, Wijaya D, Xuan Z, Fetterman JL. JUUL the heartbreaker: Twitter analysis of cardiovascular health perceptions of vaping. Tob Induc Dis. 2021; 19:01. PMID: 33437228.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Wolff LS, Flynn A, Xuan Z, Errichetti KS, Tapia Walker S, Brodesky MK. The Effect of Integrating Primary Care and Mental Health Services on Diabetes and Depression: A Multi-site Impact Evaluation on the US-Mexico Border. Med Care. 2021 01; 59(1):67-76. PMID: 33017341.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Xuan Z, Choi J, Lobrutto L, Cunningham T, Castedo de Martell S, Cance J, Silverstein M, Yule AM, Botticelli M, Holleran Steiker L. Support Services for Young Adults With Substance Use Disorders. Pediatrics. 2021 Jan; 147(Suppl 2):S220-S228. PMID: 33386325.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Spencer AE, Valentine SE, Sikov J, Yule AM, Hsu H, Hallett E, Xuan Z, Silverstein M, Fortuna L. Principles of Care for Young Adults With Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders. Pediatrics. 2021 Jan; 147(Suppl 2):229-239. PMID: 33386320.

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  • Published on 12/31/2020

    Formica SW, Waye KM, Benintendi AO, Yan S, Bagley SM, Beletsky L, Carroll JJ, Xuan Z, Rosenbloom D, Apsler R, Green TC, Hunter A, Walley AY. Characteristics of post-overdose public health-public safety outreach in Massachusetts. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 Feb 01; 219:108499. PMID: 33421800.

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  • Published on 12/19/2020

    Xuan Z, Choi J. Content Analysis of the Use of Fear in The Real Cost Youth E-cigarette Prevention Campaign. Journal of Communication in Healthcare. 2020; 1-10.

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  • Published on 11/25/2020

    Wang X, Wu D, Xuan Z, Wang W, Zhou X. The influence of a ban on outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy among the secondary and tertiary hospitals in China. BMC Public Health. 2020 Nov 25; 20(1):1794. PMID: 33239002.

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