Ziming Xuan

Ziming Xuan, ScD, SM, MA

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



Ziming Xuan is a 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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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

  • Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health
  • - 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 3/15/2023

    Xuan Z, Yan S, Formica SW, Green TC, Beletsky L, Rosenbloom D, Bagley SM, Kimmel SD, Carroll JJ, Lambert AM, Walley AY. Association of Implementation of Postoverdose Outreach Programs With Subsequent Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Massachusetts Municipalities. JAMA Psychiatry. 2023 Mar 15. PMID: 36920385.

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  • Published on 2/11/2023

    Wang C, Lu H, Bowen DJ, Xuan Z. Implementing digital systems to facilitate genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes: An observational study of 4 clinical workflows. Genet Med. 2023 Feb 11; 25(5):100802. PMID: 36906849.

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  • Published on 1/3/2023

    Buitron de la Vega P, Ashe EM, Xuan Z, Gast V, Saint-Phard T, Brody-Fialkin J, Okonkwo F, Power J, Wang N, Lyons C, Silverstein M, Lasser KE. A Pharmacy Liaison-Patient Navigation Intervention to Reduce Inpatient and Emergency Department Utilization Among Primary Care Patients in a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization: A Nonrandomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jan 03; 6(1):e2250004. PMID: 36622674.

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  • Published on 12/15/2022

    Katz-Wise SL, Ranker LR, Gordon AR, Xuan Z, Nelson K. Sociodemographic Patterns in Retrospective Sexual Orientation Identity and Attraction Change in the Sexual Orientation Fluidity in Youth Study. J Adolesc Health. 2023 Mar; 72(3):437-443. PMID: 36528519.

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  • Published on 11/18/2022

    Ramanadhan S, Xuan Z, Choi J, Mahtani SL, Minsky S, Gupte H, Mandal G, Jagiasi D, Viswanath K. Associations between sociodemographic factors and receiving "ask and advise" services from healthcare providers in India: analysis of the national GATS-2 dataset. BMC Public Health. 2022 Nov 18; 22(1):2115. PMID: 36401241.

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  • Published on 11/18/2022

    Xuan Z, Ranker L. Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health edited by Bonnie Halpern-Felsher. Media and substance use. Elsevier. 2022.

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  • Published on 8/29/2022

    Trangenstein PJ, Tiongson PJD, Lu Y, Lipson SK, Xuan Z, Naimi TS, Jernigan DH. Gender and sexual identity and harms from others' drinking among U.S. college students: Results from a multi-campus survey. J Am Coll Health. 2022 Aug 29; 1-5. PMID: 36036804.

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  • Published on 6/18/2022

    Solar C, Nansubuga A, Murillo J, Ranker L, Borrelli B, Bowen DJ, Xuan Z, Kane J, Werntz S, Crouter SE, Quintiliani 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 Aug; 119:106836. PMID: 35724842.

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  • Published on 6/9/2022

    Wu J, Harlow AF, Wijaya D, Berman 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. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jun 09; 19(12). PMID: 35742315.

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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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