Monica A. Onyango, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

PhD, Boston College
MS, Boston College
MPH, Boston University
RN, Kenya Medical Training College

Monica Adhiambo Onyango, RN, MPH, MS, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). Dr Onyango is the current director of the Global Health Context Certificate. She is also a visiting Professor at the Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi. Dr. Onyango has over 30 years in health care delivery, management, teaching and research. At BUSPH, she currently teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings, global reproductive and perinatal health, immigrant and refugee health in the United States, preventing sexual and intimate partner violence and individual community and populations health.

Dr Onyango’s research interests and publications focus on sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally and health care among populations forcibly displaced by natural disasters and war. Her recent research projects include: examining sexual and reproductive health and transactional sex among forcibly displaced populations in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey; exploring the role of resilience in mental wellbeing and utilization of health services among Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon; engaging school stakeholders and communities to reduce HIV stigma and improve antiretroviral therapy adherence among adolescents in western Kenya and exploring the mental health challenges among African immigrants in Massachusetts, United States.

Dr. Onyango’s previous experiences before BUSPH include 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. Dr. Onyango also 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, where she led the design and implementation of community-based health services and maternal and child health programs for refugees and internally displaced populations.

Dr. Onyango co-founded the Global Nursing Caucus (GNC), whose mission is to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement and research, and Circle of Adolescent Health-Kenya to create environments where adolescents and young people lead a healthy life regardless of where they live. 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. Dr Onyango is also a registered nurse by Massachusetts Board of Nursing.

CFAR Developmental Award: Project ENGAGE: Engaging school stakeholders and communities to reduce HIV stigma and improve antiretroviral therapy adherence among adolescents in western Kenya
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID

Evaluation of Implementation of Reproductive Health Services among Internally Displaced Nepali Populations
08/31/2015 - 10/10/2015 (PI)
Women's Refugee Commission, Inc

Temporal Trends in Sexual Violence Cases Presenting at Healthcare facilities in Kenya
11/16/2012 - 09/30/2013 (PI)
Physicians for Human Rights


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  1. Monica Adhiambo Onyango, Bukiwe Sihlongonyane and Nishita Patel. Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences (chapters in press). Humanitarian response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. 2023. View Publication
  2. Rockers PC, Kiragu ZW, Onyango MA, Laing RO, Wirtz VJ. Willingness to pay brand premiums for generic medicines in Kenya: A bidding game experiment. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2023 Sep; 38(5):1453-1463.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37337315
  3. Stevens JR, Sabin LL, Onyango MA, Sarker M, Declercq E. Midwifery centers as enabled environments for midwifery: A quasi experimental design assessing women's birth experiences in three models of care in Bangladesh, before and during covid. PLoS One. 2022; 17(12):e0278336.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36454986; PMCID: PMC9714812; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0278336;
  4. Kiragu ZW, Rockers PC, Onyango MA, Mungai J, Mboya J, Laing R, Wirtz VJ. Household access to non-communicable disease medicines during universal health care roll-out in Kenya: A time series analysis. PLoS One. 2022; 17(4):e0266715.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35443014; PMCID: PMC9020677; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266715;
  5. Monica A. Onyango, Houda Chergui, Lora L. Sabin, Lisa J. Messersmith, Natalya Sarkisova, Jane Oyombra, Perez Akello, Daniel O. Kwaro, and Juliana Otieno. School-level Barriers of Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence and Interventions to Overcome them Among Adolescents Living with HIV in Western Kenya: A Qualitative Study. The Open AIDS Journal. 2021; 15:93-107.
  6. Wirtz VJ, Servan-Mori E, Mungai J, Mboya J, Rockers PC, Onyango MA, Kiragu ZW, Laing R. Probability and amount of medicines expenditure according to health insurance status in Kenya: A household survey in eight counties. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2022 Mar; 37(2):725-733.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34674309; PMCID: PMC9298347; DOI: 10.1002/hpm.3368;
  7. Chynoweth SK, Onyango MA, Gallagher MC, Casey SE. Women's and children's health in conflict settings: build on existing efforts. Lancet. 2021 05 22; 397(10288):1879. PMID: 34022979
  8. Ashigbie PG, Rockers PC, Laing RO, Cabral HJ, Onyango MA, Mboya J, Arends D, Wirtz VJ. Phone-based monitoring to evaluate health policy and program implementation in Kenya. Health Policy Plan. 2021 May 17; 36(4):444-453.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33724372; PMCID: PMC8128015; DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czab029;
  9. Ng G, Raskin E, Wirtz VJ, Banks KP, Laing RO, Kiragu ZW, Rockers PC, Onyango MA. Coping with access barriers to non-communicable disease medicines: qualitative patient interviews in eight counties in Kenya. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 May 03; 21(1):417.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33941177; PMCID: PMC8094552; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-021-06433-0;
  10. Singh NS, Lokot M, Undie CC, Onyango MA, Morgan R, Harmer A, Freedman J, Heidari S. Research in forced displacement: guidance for a feminist and decolonial approach. Lancet. 2021 02 13; 397(10274):560-562. PMID: 33581808; PMCID: PMC9753228; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00024-6;
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2013 BU School of Public Health Summer 2013: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH870
2013 BU School of Public Health Spring 2013: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2011 BU School of Public Health Spring 2011: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2011 BU School of Public Health Summer 2011: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH766
2010 BU School of Public Health Summer 2010: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH870
2009 BU School of Public Health Spring 2009: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2009 BU School of Public Health Summer 2009: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH766
2008 BU School of Public Health Summer 2008: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH870
2007 BU School of Public Health Summer 2007: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2005 BU School of Public Health Summer 2005: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2003 BU School of Public Health Summer 2003: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2001 BU School of Public Health Summer 2001: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
2000 BU School of Public Health Summer 2000: Excellence in Teaching Award-IH755
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Global Health
Health systems
Humanitarian Emergencies
Reproductive Health
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