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Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University

Ziming Xuan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also a faculty member for the Primary care Academic Fellowship Program of Boston University School of Medicine, and a faculty member for the Injury Prevention Center at Boston Medical Center.

Xuan 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 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 gun, 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 been the Principal Investigator of 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 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, and the National Institutes of Health. Currently he is serving as an assistant field editor for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.


  • 2010–present
    Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health