Dongqing Wang, PhD, MPH

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Assistant Professor, GCH 

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Phone: 703-993-3578
Building: Peterson Hall, Room 5111


Dr. Dongqing Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health. Wang’s research focuses on the nutritional determinants of maternal, child, and adolescent health in low- and middle-income countries. A primary domain of Wang’s research is the distributions, determinants, and consequences of inadequate and excessive gestational weight gain in low- and middle-income countries. Wang's research addresses knowledge gaps related to gestational weight gain by pooling individual participant data from national surveys, observational cohort studies, and randomized controlled trials. Another key area of Wang’s work is the impacts of maternal nutrient and food supplementation on the short- and long-term health of mothers and children. Wang is also interested in adolescent nutrition and school-based interventions to address the double burden of adolescent malnutrition. Wang is the Co-Investigator of several randomized controlled trials of nutritional interventions among mothers, children, and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Before coming to Mason, Wang was a Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.



“Effectiveness and feasibility of BEP targeting strategies, Ethiopia”, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Award number INV-042705, August 2022-December 2025, $4,999,379; Mason: $241,459 (role: co-I)

"Nutritional management of growth faltering in infants aged under six months in Asia and Africa; An individually randomised trial", World Health Organization, Award number INV-025356, September 2022-August 2025, $15,960,560; Mason: $24,933 (role: co-I)

"Knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and practice related to gestational weight gain in Tanzania: a mixed methods study to inform antenatal interventions", GMU College of Public Health Pilot Grant, January 2022-December 2023, $50,000 (role: PI) 

"Family planning and anemia: an assessment of evidence and opportunities", Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Award number INV-042771, October 2022-September 2023, $971,969; Mason: $61,421 (role: co-I)

“Prenatal and postnatal vitamin B-12 supplementation and breast milk status of B-12 in Tanzania”, Thrasher Research Fund, Award number 15507, July 2020-June 2023, $26,750 (role: PI).


(† Co-first author)

Wang D, Chukwu A, Sando MM, Abubakari SW, Assefa N, Madzorera I, Hemler EC, Ismail A, Lankoande B, Mapendo F, Millogo O, Workneh F, Azemraw T, Febir LG, James C, Tinkasimile A, Asante KP, Baernighausen T, Berhane Y, Killewo J, Oduola AMJ, Sie A, Smith ER, Soura AB, Tajudeen R, Vuai S, Fawzi WW. COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and its determinants among sub-Saharan African adolescents. PLOS Glob Public Health. In Press. 

Assefa N, Abdullahi YY, Hemler EC, Lankoande B, Wang D, Madzorera I, Millogo O, Abokyi LN, Dasmane D, Dianou K, Chukwu A, Workneh F, Mapendo F, Ismail A, Abubakari SW, Smith ER, Oduola AMJ, Soura AB, Sie A, Killewo J, Sando MM, Vuai S, Baernighausen T, Asante KP, Tajudeen R, Berhane Y, Fawzi WW. Mental health, COVID-19 perceptions and preventive measures, and disruption of health services from the perspective of healthcare providers in five sub-Saharan African countries. J Glob Health. In Press.

Shinde S, Wang D, Yussuf MH, Sando MM, Aboud S, Fawzi WW. Effectiveness of micronutrient supplementation for pregnant and lactating women on maternal and infant nutritional status in low- and middle-income countries: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. JMIR Res Protoc. In Press.

Wang D, Katalambula LK, Modest AR, Young T, Ismail A, Mwanyika-Sando M, Tinkasimile A, Mosha D, Malero A, Vuai S, Fawzi WW. Meals, Education, and Gardens for In-School Adolescents (MEGA): study protocol for a cluster randomised trial of an integrated adolescent nutrition intervention in Dodoma, Tanzania. BMJ Open. 2022 Jul 7;12(7):e062085. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-062085. PMID: 35798513.

Perumal N, Wang D, Darling AM, Wang M, Liu E, Urassa W, Pembe AB, Fawzi WW. Associations between Gestational Weight Gain Adequacy and Neonatal Outcomes in Tanzania. Ann Nutr Metab. 2022;78(3):156-165. doi: 10.1159/000522197. Epub 2022 Feb 4. PMID: 35124672.

Liu E, Wang D, Darling AM, Perumal N, Wang M, Urassa W, Pembe A, Fawzi WW. Multivitamin Supplementation Is Associated with Greater Adequacy of Gestational Weight Gain among Pregnant Women in Tanzania. J Nutr. 2022 Apr 1;152(4):1091-1098. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab448. PMID: 34964890; PMCID: PMC8970983.  

Wang D, Darling AM, McDonald CR, Perumal N, Liu E, Wang M, Aboud S, Urassa W, Conroy AL, Hayford KT, Liles WC, Kain KC, Fawzi WW. Plasma concentrations of leptin at mid-pregnancy are associated with gestational weight gain among pregnant women in Tanzania: a prospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Oct 6;21(1):675. doi: 10.1186/s12884-021-04146-0. PMID: 34615489; PMCID: PMC8495974.

Wang D, Schwinger C, Urassa W, Berhane Y, Strand TA, Fawzi WW. Comparing Attained Weight and Weight Velocity during the First 6 Months in Predicting Child Undernutrition and Mortality. J Nutr. 2022 Jan 11;152(1):319-330. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab338. PMID: 34549299; PMCID: PMC8754579.

Wang D, Shinde S, Young T, Fawzi WW. Impacts of school feeding on educational and health outcomes of school-age children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Glob Health. 2021;11:04051. doi: 10.7189/jogh.11.04051. eCollection 2021. PMID: 34552720; PMCID: PMC8442580.

Shinde S, AW Tadesse, Wang D, Fawzi WW. Factors Associated with School Absenteeism and Grade Retention among Young Adolescents in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Health Behav Policy Rev, 9(2), 796-814.

Shinde S, Wang D, Fawzi WW. School-based interventions targeting double burden of malnutrition and educational outcomes of adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: protocol for a systematic review. Syst Rev. 2021 Jul 10;10(1):204. doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01756-9. PMID: 34246315; PMCID: PMC8272909.

Wang D, Chukwu A, Millogo O, Assefa N, James C, Young T, Lankoande B, Workneh F, Hemler EC, Korte ML, Mattei J, Soura AB, Sie A, Oduola A, Berhane Y, Fawzi WW. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Adolescents' Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cross-Country Study Using a Telephone Survey. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Jun 23;105(2):331-341. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-1620. PMID: 34161298; PMCID: PMC8437167.

Workneh F, Wang D, Millogo O, Worku A, Chukwu A, Lankoande B, Assefa N, Hemler EC, Korte ML, Soura A, Oduola A, Sie A, Fawzi WW, Berhane Y. Knowledge and Practice Related to COVID-19 and Mental Health among Adults in Sub-Saharan Africa. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Jun 23;105(2):351-362. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-0219. PMID: 34161301; PMCID: PMC8437189.

Madzorera I, Ismail A, Hemler EC, Korte ML, Olufemi AA, Wang D, Assefa N, Workneh F, Lankoande B, Chukwu A, Ourohire M, Mattei J, Soura A, Berhane Y, Sie A, Oduola A, Fawzi WW. Impact of COVID-19 on Nutrition, Food Security, and Dietary Diversity and Quality in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Jun 23;105(2):295-309. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-1617. PMID: 34161300; PMCID: PMC8437159.

Assefa N, Sié A, Wang D, Korte ML, Hemler EC, Abdullahi YY, Lankoande B, Millogo O, Chukwu A, Workneh F, Kanki P, Baernighausen T, Berhane Y, Fawzi WW, Oduola A. Reported Barriers to Healthcare Access and Service Disruptions Caused by COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Nigeria: A Telephone Survey. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Jun 23;105(2):323-330. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-1619. PMID: 34161296; PMCID: PMC8437171.

Assefa N, Soura A, Hemler EC, Korte ML, Wang D, Abdullahi YY, Lankoande B, Millogo O, Chukwu A, Workneh F, Sie A, Berhane Y, Baernighausen T, Oduola A, Fawzi WW. COVID-19 Knowledge, Perception, Preventive Measures, Stigma, and Mental Health Among Healthcare Workers in Three Sub-Saharan African Countries: A Phone Survey. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Jun 24;105(2):342-350. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-1621. PMID: 34161297; PMCID: PMC8437190.

Hemler EC, Korte ML, Lankoande B, Millogo O, Assefa N, Chukwu A, Workneh F, Tinkasimile A, Lyatuu I, Soura A, Wang D, Madzorera I, Vuai S, Bärnighausen T, Sando MM, Killewo J, Oduola A, Sie A, Berhane Y, Fawzi WW. Design and Field Methods of the ARISE Network COVID-19 Rapid Monitoring Survey. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2021 Jun 23;105(2):310-322. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-1618. PMID: 34161299; PMCID: PMC8437175.

Wang D, Natchu UCM, Darling AM, Noor RA, Hertzmark E, Urassa W, Fawzi WW. Effects of prenatal and postnatal maternal multiple micronutrient supplementation on child growth and morbidity in Tanzania: a double-blind, randomized-controlled trial. Int J Epidemiol. 2021 Jun 21. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyab117. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 34151973.

Rector C, Afifa NN, Gupta V, Ismail A, Mosha D, Katalambula LK, Vuai S, Young T, Hemler EC, Wang D, Fawzi WW. School-Based Nutrition Programs for Adolescents in Dodoma, Tanzania: A Situation Analysis. Food Nutr Bull. 2021 Sep;42(3):378-388. doi: 10.1177/03795721211020715. Epub 2021 Jun 14. PMID: 34121480.

Li Z, Wang D, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Peterson KE, Campos H, Baylin A. Starchy Vegetables and Metabolic Syndrome in Costa Rica. Nutrients. 2021 May 13;13(5). doi: 10.3390/nu13051639. PMID: 34068066; PMCID: PMC8152504.

Fawzi WW, Wang D. When should universal distribution of periodic high-dose vitamin A to children cease? Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 Apr 6;113(4):769-771. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqaa428. PMID: 33751042.

Yang J, Wang D, Darling AM, Liu E, Perumal N, Fawzi WW, Wang M. Methodological approaches to imputing early-pregnancy weight based on weight measures collected during pregnancy. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2021 Feb 5;21(1):24. doi: 10.1186/s12874-021-01210-3. PMID: 33546607; PMCID: PMC7863454.

Wang D, Wang M, Darling AM, Perumal N, Liu E, Danaei G, Fawzi WW. Gestational weight gain in low-income and middle-income countries: a modelling analysis using nationally representative data. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Nov;5(11). doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003423. PMID: 33177038; PMCID: PMC7661366.

Choy CC, Wang D, Naseri T, Soti-Ulberg C, Reupena MS, Duckham RL, Baylin A, Hawley NL. Longitudinal Assessment of Childhood Dietary Patterns: Associations with Body Mass Index z-Score among Children in the Samoan Ola Tuputupua'e (Growing Up) Cohort. Child Obes. 2020 Oct;16(7):534-543. doi: 10.1089/chi.2020.0058. Epub 2020 Sep 9. PMID: 32907355; PMCID: PMC7575349.

Heinsberg LW, Bui CNN, Hartle JC, Sereika SM, Choy CC, Wang D, Soti-Ulberg C, Naseri T, Reupena MS, Duckham RL, Park JJ, Hawley NL, Deziel NC. Estimated Dietary Bisphenol-A Exposure and Adiposity in Samoan Mothers and Children. Toxics. 2020 Sep 2;8(3). doi: 10.3390/toxics8030067. PMID: 32887300; PMCID: PMC7560430.

Perng W, Francis EC, Smith HA, Carey J, Wang D, Kechris KM, Dabelea D. Sex-Specific Metabolite Biomarkers of NAFLD in Youth: A Prospective Study in the EPOCH Cohort. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2020 Sep 1;105(9). doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgaa467. PMID: 32687159; PMCID: PMC7418446.

Wang D, Fawzi WW. Impacts of school feeding on educational and health outcomes of school-age children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Syst Rev. 2020 Mar 16;9(1):55. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01317-6. PMID: 32178734; PMCID: PMC7075040.

Wang D, Karvonen-Gutierrez CA, Jackson EA, Elliott MR, Appelhans BM, Barinas-Mitchell E, Bielak LF, Huang MH, Baylin A. Western Dietary Pattern Derived by Multiple Statistical Methods Is Prospectively Associated with Subclinical Carotid Atherosclerosis in Midlife Women. J Nutr. 2020 Mar 1;150(3):579-591. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxz270. PMID: 31687759; PMCID: PMC7443736.

Luan D, Wang D, Campos H, Baylin A. Red meat consumption and metabolic syndrome in the Costa Rica Heart Study. Eur J Nutr. 2020 Feb;59(1):185-193. doi: 10.1007/s00394-019-01898-6. Epub 2019 Jan 16. PMID: 30649594.

Wang D, Karvonen-Gutierrez CA, Jackson EA, Elliott MR, Appelhans BM, Barinas-Mitchell E, Bielak LF, Baylin A. Prospective associations between beverage intake during the midlife and subclinical carotid atherosclerosis: The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. PLoS One. 2019;14(7):e0219301. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0219301. eCollection 2019. PMID: 31291324; PMCID: PMC6620009.

Wang D, Jackson EA, Karvonen-Gutierrez CA, Elliott MR, Harlow SD, Hood MM, Derby CA, Sternfeld B, Janssen I, Crawford SL, Huang MH, El Khoudary SR, Chae CU, Baylin A. Healthy Lifestyle During the Midlife Is Prospectively Associated With Less Subclinical Carotid Atherosclerosis: The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Dec 4;7(23):e010405. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.010405. PMID: 30482079; PMCID: PMC6405552.

Luan D, Wang D, Campos H, Baylin A. Adipose tissue palmitoleic acid is inversely associated with nonfatal acute myocardial infarction in Costa Rican adults. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2018 Oct;28(10):973-979. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2018.05.004. Epub 2018 Jun 28. PMID: 30207271; PMCID: PMC6136248.

Choy CC†, Wang D†, Baylin A, Soti-Ulberg C, Naseri T, Reupena MS, Thompson AA, Duckham RL, Hawley NL. Dietary patterns are associated with child, maternal and household-level characteristics and overweight/obesity among young Samoan children. Public Health Nutr. 2018 May;21(7):1243-1254. doi: 10.1017/S1368980017003913. Epub 2018 Jan 24. PMID: 29362013.

Wang D, Campos H, Baylin A. Red meat intake is positively associated with non-fatal acute myocardial infarction in the Costa Rica Heart Study. Br J Nutr. 2017 Aug;118(4):303-311. doi: 10.1017/S000711451700201X. PMID: 28875869.

Wang D, Hawley NL, Thompson AA, Lameko V, Reupena MS, McGarvey ST, Baylin A. Dietary Patterns Are Associated with Metabolic Outcomes among Adult Samoans in a Cross-Sectional Study. J Nutr. 2017 Apr;147(4):628-635. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.243733. Epub 2017 Feb 15. PMID: 28202634; PMCID: PMC5368585.

An Y, Liang W, Li Y, Liu L, Wang D, Dai X, Ma C, Qian Y, Ma R, Ding T, Zhang R. Effects of neonatal isolation and neonatal tactile stimulation on social behavior of adult rats. Chinese Journal of Reproductive Health. 2017;28(1):23-30.

Chen G†, Wang Z†, Wang D†, Qiu C, Liu M, Chen X, Zhang Q, Yan G, Cui Q. LncRNADisease: a database for long-non-coding RNA-associated diseases. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan;41(Database issue):D983-6. doi: 10.1093/nar/gks1099. Epub 2012 Nov 21. PMID: 23175614; PMCID: PMC3531173.

Wang D, Zhang R. Progress in clinical effect of medication for child with autism spectrum disorders. The Chinese Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2012(9):22. doi: 10.13699/j.cnki.1001-6821.2012.09.013.


  • Emerging Leader in Nutrition Science, American Society for Nutrition, 2021
  • Departmental Doctoral Scholarship, Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2016
  • MaryFran R. Sowers Doctoral Fellowship Award, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2016
  • Dean’s Tuition Award, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2014



  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2019
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2016
  • MBBS, Clinical Medicine, Peking University, 2014