UMass Boston


The Department of Urban Public Health at UMass Boston produces highly impactful research in leading peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet, Nature Medicine, Hypertension, Health Education & Behavior, and the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. For a full list please see each faculty member’s personal page:



Philimon Gona & Alexander F. More, (2022). Bacterial Pathogens and Climate Change. The Lancet 400 (10369), P2161-2163.

Clara M. Gona, Ruth Palan-Lopez, Lisa Wood, Rosalia S. Gotora & Philimon N. Gona (2022). African Immigrant Health: The Health Promotion Beliefs of Zimbabwean Immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant Minority Health 24, 1261–1268.

Qazi S, Gona PN, Musgrave RM, Fox CS, Massaro JM, Hoffmann U, Chuang ML, O’Donnell CJ. (2023). Distribution, Determinants and Normal Reference Values of Aortic Arch Width Thoracic Aortic Geometry in the Framingham Heart Study. American Heart Journal Plus: Cardiology Research and Practice 26, 100247.

Joseph T. Flynn, Elaine M. Urbina, Tammy M. Brady, Carissa Baker-Smith, Stephen R. Daniels, Laura L. Hayman, Mark Mitsnefes, Andrew Tran, Justin P. Zachariah (2022). Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Children and Adolescents: 2022 Update: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Hypertension 79 (7), e114–e124.

Elaine A. Borawski, Kimberly Adams Tufts, Erika S. Trapl, Laura L. Hayman, Laura D. Yoder, Loren D. Lovegreen (2015). Effectiveness of Health Education Teachers and School Nurses Teaching Sexually Transmitted Infections/Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention Knowledge and Skills in High School. The Journal of School of Health 85 (3), 189-196.

R. Yajima, Alexander F. More et al. (2022). A US clinical trial network is needed for the next pandemicNature Medicine 28, 1330–1331.

Alexander F. More et al. (2020). The Impact of a Six-Year Climate Anomaly on the “Spanish Flu” Pandemic and WWI. GeoHealth 4 (9).

Elizabeth Sweet (2021). Debt-Related Financial Hardship and Health. Health, Education and Behavior 48 (6).

Elizabeth Sweet (2021). Social inequalities, debt, and health in the United States. SSM – Population Health 13, 100736.

Lingling Zhang et al. (2021). Frontline healthcare workers’ mental distress, top concerns, and assessment on hierarchy of controls in response to COVID-19: a cross-sectional survey study. Human Resources for Health 19 (118).

Lingling Zhang et al. (2021). A Patient-Centered Mobile Phone App (iHeartU) With a Virtual Human Assistant for Self-Management of Heart Failure: Protocol for a Usability Assessment Study. JMIR Research Protocols 8 (5): e13502.