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 and the Department of Epidemiology 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 Health Equity Accelerator 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 multiple R01 studies examining policy determinants on substance use and injury outcomes in the United States, and has been funded by 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. He has co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Xuan is currently serving as a member of the SPH Appointments and Promotions Committee and the SPH Doctoral Committee. 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 and 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
  • SPHPH851
  • SPHSB822


  • Published on 4/4/2024

    Katz-Wise SL, Ranker LR, Korkodilos R, Conti J, Nelson KM, Xuan Z, Gordon AR. Will all youth answer sexual orientation and gender-related survey questions? An analysis of missingness in a large U.S. survey of adolescents and young adults. Psychol Methods. 2024 Apr 04. PMID: 38573664.

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  • Published on 4/1/2024

    Rosen EM, Trangenstein PJ, Fullem PL, Yeh JC, Jernigan DH, Xuan Z. Interrupted Time Series Analysis of Bar/Tavern Closing Hours and Violent Crime. JAMA Intern Med. 2024 Apr 01. PMID: 38557765.

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  • Published on 3/19/2024

    Schoenberger SF, Cummins ER, Carroll JJ, Yan S, Lambert A, Bagley SM, Xuan Z, Green TC, Cook F, Yule AM, Walley AY, Formica SW. "Wanna cry this out real quick?": an examination of secondary traumatic stress risk and resilience among post-overdose outreach staff in Massachusetts. Harm Reduct J. 2024 Mar 19; 21(1):66. PMID: 38504244.

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  • Published on 2/28/2024

    Ranker LR, Wu J, Hong T, Wijaya D, Benjamin EJ, Bhatnagar A, Robertson RM, Fetterman JL, Xuan Z. Social media use, brand engagement, and tobacco product initiation among youth: Evidence from a prospective cohort study. Addict Behav. 2024 Jul; 154:108000. PMID: 38461745.

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  • Published on 1/9/2024

    Wagner IM, Xuan Z, Lu H, Wang C. Racial Disparities in Accessing Care along the Continuum of Cancer Genetic Service Delivery. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2024 Jan 09; 33(1):55-62. PMID: 37819271.

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  • Published on 1/4/2024

    Beaugard CA, Formica SW, Cummins ER, Bagley SM, Beletsky L, Green TC, Murray SP, Yan S, Xuan Z, Walley AY, Carroll JJ. Privacy and confidentiality in Massachusetts' post-overdose outreach programs: Mixed methods analysis of outreach staff surveys and interviews. Int J Drug Policy. 2024 Feb; 124:104310. PMID: 38181671.

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  • Published on 10/8/2023

    Egan KA, Xuan Z, Hofman M, Ma Shum J, Fernández-Pastrana I, Fiechtner L, Sandel M, Buitron de la Vega P, Kistin CJ, Hsu H. Food Pantry Referral and Utilization in a Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. Am J Prev Med. 2024 Mar; 66(3):444-453. PMID: 37813171.

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  • Published on 5/16/2023

    Ranker LR, Ross CS, Rudolph AE, Weuve J, Xuan Z. Identifying and describing trajectories of alcohol use frequency and binge drinking frequency among those aged 15-30?years in a national cohort of US adolescents: A group-based trajectory modeling approach. Addiction. 2023 Sep; 118(9):1739-1750. PMID: 37069487.

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  • Published on 5/1/2023

    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 May 01; 80(5):468-477. PMID: 36920385.

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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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