Last Name

Monica A. Onyango, PhD

TitleClinical Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-5234
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-4998-1682
 Awards and Honors

2000BU School of Public Health Summer 2000: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2001BU School of Public Health Summer 2001: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2003BU School of Public Health Summer 2003: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2005BU School of Public Health Summer 2005: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2007BU School of Public Health Summer 2007: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2008BU School of Public Health Summer 2008: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH870
2009BU School of Public Health Spring 2009: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2009BU School of Public Health Summer 2009: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH766
2010BU School of Public Health Summer 2010: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH870
2011BU School of Public Health Spring 2011: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2011BU School of Public Health Summer 2011: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH766
2013BU School of Public Health Spring 2013: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2013BU School of Public Health Summer 2013: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH870
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Onyango has over 25 years experience in health care delivery and management. At the Department of International Health she teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings. Her experience includes Kenya Ministry of Health for ten years as a nursing officer in management positions at two hospitals and as a lecturer at the Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. Monica is also a registered nurse by Massachusetts Board of Nursing. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Onyango worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola and a refugee camp in Kenya. In South Sudan and Angola, she facilitated the design and implementation of community based health services where there had been no services for several years. At Kakuma refugee camp in North Western Kenya, she helped design the maternal and child health programs for over 20,000 refugees. Dr, Onyango has also participated in providing training for South Sudanese health workers on emergency obstetrics and neonatal care. In 2011, she co-founded the global nursing caucus (GNC) at BUSPH with a mission to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement and research. Her current research interests focus on reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health care among populations affected by disasters and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally. She holds a PhD in Nursing from Boston College, a Master of Science (nursing) degree from Boston College, a Master in Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health, Diploma in Advanced Nursing from Nairobi University, Diploma in general nursing and midwifery from Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Global Health
  • Health systems
  • Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Reproductive Health
  • Research
  • Teaching
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  1. Monica Adhiambo Onyango and Malyse Uwase. Humanitarian Response to Complex Emergencies and Natural Disasters. In: Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. The International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Academic Press. Oxford. 2017; 4:106-116.
  2. Burkhardt G, Scott J, Onyango MA, Rouhani S, Haider S, Greiner A, Albutt K, VanRooyen M, Bartels S. Sexual violence-related pregnancies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: a qualitative analysis of access to pregnancy termination services. Confl Health. 2016; 10:30. PMID: 28031743.
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  3. Rockers PC, Wirtz VJ, Vian T, Onyango MA, Ashigbie PG, Laing R. Study protocol for a cluster-randomised controlled trial of an NCD access to medicines initiative: evaluation of Novartis Access in Kenya. BMJ Open. 2016 Nov 25; 6(11):e013386. PMID: 27888177.
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  4. Onyango MA, Burkhardt G, Scott J, Rouhani S, Haider S, Greiner A, Albutt K, Mullen C, VanRooyen M, Bartels S. A Qualitative Analysis of Disclosure Patterns among Women with Sexual Violence-Related Pregnancies in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. PLoS One. 2016; 11(10):e0164631. PMID: 27741262.
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  5. Rouhani SA, Scott J, Burkhardt G, Onyango MA, Haider S, Greiner A, Albutt K, VanRooyen M, Bartels SA. A quantitative assessment of termination of sexual violence-related pregnancies in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Confl Health. 2016; 10:9. PMID: 27053946.
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  6. Onyango MA, Adu-Sarkodie Y, Agyarko-Poku T, Asafo MK, Sylvester J, Wondergem P, Green K, Wambugu S, Brennan AT, Beard J. "It's all about making a life": poverty, HIV, violence, and other vulnerabilities faced by young female sex workers in Kumasi, Ghana. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Mar 1; 68 Suppl 2:S131-7. PMID: 25723977.
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  7. Krause S, Williams H, Onyango MA, Sami S, Doedens W, Giga N, Stone E, Tomczyk B. Reproductive health services for Syrian refugees in Zaatri Camp and Irbid City, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: an evaluation of the Minimum Initial Services Package. Confl Health. 2015; 9(Suppl 1 Taking Stock of Reproductive Health in Humanitarian):S4. PMID: 25798190.
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  8. Anastario MP, Adhiambo Onyango M, Nyanyuki J, Naimer K, Muthoga R, Sirkin S, Barrick K, van Hasselt M, Aruasa W, Kibet C, Omollo G. Time series analysis of sexual assault case characteristics and the 2007-2008 period of post-election violence in Kenya. PLoS One. 2014; 9(8):e106443. PMID: 25170917.
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  9. Sami S, Williams HA, Krause S, Onyango MA, Burton A, Tomczyk B. Responding to the Syrian crisis: the needs of women and girls. Lancet. 2014 Mar 29; 383(9923):1179-81. PMID: 24211044.
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  10. Onyango MA, Hixson BL, McNally S. Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health during emergencies: time for a new paradigm? Glob Public Health. 2013; 8(3):342-56. PMID: 23394618.
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  11. Wamai RG, Ayissi CA, Oduwo GO, Perlman S, Welty E, Welty T, Manga S, Onyango MA, Ogembo JG. Awareness, knowledge and beliefs about HPV, cervical cancer and HPV vaccines among nurses in Cameroon: an exploratory study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2013 Oct; 50(10):1399-406. PMID: 23395482.
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  12. Onyango MA, Blank L, Pugliese L. Disaster Volunteerism: When ‘doing good’ turns bad. Monthly Developments Magazine. 2012; 30(5):15-16.
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  13. Macauley C, Onyango MA, Niragira E. Peer-support Training for Nonliterate and Semiliterate Female Ex-combatants: Experience in Burundi. The Journal of ERW and Mine Action. 2012; (16.1):1-8.
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  14. Adhiambo Onyango M, Mott S. The nexus between bridewealth, family curse, and spontaneous abortion among southern Sudanese women. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2011 Dec; 43(4):376-84. PMID: 22004436.
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  15. Onyango MA, Hampanda K. Social Constructions and Male Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence: Analytical Review. International Journal of Sexual Health. 2011; 23(4):237-247.
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  16. Onyango MA, Owoko S, Oguttu M. Factors that influence male involvement in sexual and reproductive health in western Kenya: a qualitative study. Afr J Reprod Health. 2010 Dec; 14(4 Spec no.):32-42. PMID: 21812196.
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  17. Onyango MA, Oguttu M, Barger M. Predictive factors for uptake of post-abortion care in western Kenya. African Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. 2010; 4(3):115-120.
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  18. Onyango MA. Humanitarian responses to complex emergencies. International Encyclopedia of public health ( Heggenhougen and Quah). Academic Press. San Diego. 2008; MS71.
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