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.

Dr. Xuan is currently serving as a member of the Doctoral Committee and Education Committee (evaluation subcommittee). His prior university activities include serving in the Faculty Senate, and 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.

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 has served in study sections of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, including special study section on COVID-19 and Consequences of Alcohol Use. Currently he is serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Other Positions

  • - Boston Medical Center


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


Classes Taught

  • SPHPH845
  • SPHSB822


  • Published on 6/17/2022

    Solar C, Nansubuga A, Murillo J, Ranker L, Borrelli B, Bowen DJ, Xuan Z, Kane J, Werntz S, Crouter SE, Quinitliani LM. Mobile health plus community health worker support for weight management among public housing residents (Path to Health): A randomized controlled trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Jun 17; 106836. PMID: 35724842.

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  • Published on 6/7/2022

    Mendez-Escoba E, Adegoke T, Lee-Parritz A, Spangler J, Wilson S, Yarrington C, Xuan Z, Bell A, Jame T. Health Equity Accelerator: A Health System's Approach towards Health Equity. NEJM Catalyst. 2022.

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  • Published on 4/6/2022

    Zhou X, Lee EWJ, Wang X, Lin L, Xuan Z, Wu D, Lin H, Shen P. Infectious diseases prevention and control using an integrated health big data system in China. BMC Infect Dis. 2022 Apr 06; 22(1):344. PMID: 35387590.

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  • Published on 3/19/2022

    Pollini RA, Slocum S, Ozga JE, Joyce R, Xuan Z, Green TC, Walley AY. Pharmacy naloxone codispensing: A mixed methods study of practices and perspectives under a statewide standing order program. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2022 Mar 19. PMID: 35450833.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Wu J, Harlow AF, Wijaya D, Bergman M, Benjamin EJ, Xuan Z, Hong T, Fetterman JL. The Impact of Influencers on Cigar Promotions: A Content Analysis of Large Cigar and Swisher Sweets Videos on TikTok. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; (in press).

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Solar C, Nansubuga A, Murillo J, Ranker L, Borrelli B, Bowen DJ, Xuan Z, Kane J, Werntz S, Crouter SE, Quinitliani LM. Mobile Health plus Community Health Worker Support for Weight Management among Public Housing Residents (Path to Health): a Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2022; (in press).

  • Published on 12/31/2021

    Pollini RA, Ozga JE, Joyce R, Xuan Z, Walley AY. Limited access to pharmacy-based naloxone in West Virginia: Results from a statewide purchase trial. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 02 01; 231:109259. PMID: 34998246.

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  • Published on 12/16/2021

    Parodi KB, Holt MK, Green JG, Katz-Wise SL, Shah TN, Kraus AD, Xuan Z. Associations between school-related factors and mental health among transgender and gender diverse youth. J Sch Psychol. 2022 02; 90:135-149. PMID: 34969484.

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  • Published on 12/1/2021

    Bovell-Ammon BJ, Xuan Z, Paasche-Orlow MK, LaRochelle MR. Association of Incarceration With Mortality by Race From a National Longitudinal Cohort Study. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 12 01; 4(12):e2133083. PMID: 34940867.

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  • Published on 11/27/2021

    Chatterjee A, Yan S, Xuan Z, Waye KM, Lambert AM, Green TC, Stopka TJ, Pollini RA, Morgan JR, Walley AY. Broadening access to naloxone: Community predictors of standing order naloxone distribution in Massachusetts. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 01 01; 230:109190. PMID: 34864356.

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