Alice Tang

Alice Tang

(617) 636-2140
136 Harrison Avenue


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States, 1996
  • Master of Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 1991
  • Bachelor of Science, Brown University, Providence, United States, 1989


Dr. Tang is an infectious disease epidemiologist whose career has largely focused on determining the causes and consequences of nutrition and metabolic abnormalities in people living with HIV (PLHIV) and developing appropriate interventions to address them. She is Director of the Center for Global Public Health, which is housed in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. Dr. Tang has initiated or collaborated on research programs in several countries, including the U.S., Argentina, India, Vietnam, and Namibia. In addition, she has collaborated with USAID and FHI360's FANTA project on the development of global mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) cutoffs for assessing undernutrition in adults worldwide. Dr. Tang has collaborated with the Namibia Ministry Health and Social Services (MoHSS) on several HIV programs, including a community-based mobile clinic to increase HIV testing rates among men; an electronic alcohol screening and brief intervention (eSBI) to improve adherence among PLHIV; and formation of community adherence clubs (CACs) to improve retention and decrease congestion in HIV clinics. More recently, she has pivoted her research to study health disparities among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the Greater Boston area. As faculty in the MPH and MD programs, Dr. Tang seeks to make epidemiology and biostatistics concepts accessible to all students, regardless of their backgrounds.