Heller-Brown Building, 273
Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesBrandeis University, Ph.D.
Brandeis University, M.A.
Brandeis University, M.S.
ExpertiseHealth Financing, Health Economics, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Health Systems, Program Evaluation, Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, Economic Modeling, Capacity Building
ProfileDr. Zeng, a health economist and epidemiologist, is a research scientist and lecturer at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the Heller School. His research has centered on health care systems, health financing, and cost-effectiveness analysis in health in both developed and developing countries. His recent research has concerned with designing and evaluating performance-based financing schemes in developing countries, and examining efficiency of health facilities in delivering primary care services. He has evaluated the efficiency of HIV/AIDS services at the national and sub-national level. He has also conducted studies to design health insurance and health financing schemes and to assess their impact on utilization of health care. He has also worked on cost-effective modelling of various policy and clinical interventions. Dr. Zeng's research has received support from the World Bank, UNAIDS, the Gates Foundation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Zeng has taught courses of epidemiology, econometrics and health financing at the Heller School. Previously, he was an instructor at Shanghai Second Medical University (Shanghai Jiaotong University) in China, teaching epidemiology, biostatistics and preventive medicine.
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Awards and Honors
Fujian Science & Technology Award, Government of Fujian Province, China (2003)
Distinguished Graduate in Fujian Province, China (1999)
Liang K, Meyers K, Zeng W, Gui X. "Predictors of elective pregnancy termination among women diagnosed with HIV during pregnancy in two regions of China." BJOG (2013). (forthcoming)
Zeng W, Rwiyereka AK, Amico P, Avila-Figueroa C, Shepard DS. "Performance of HIV/AIDS health centers and the effect of community base health insurance and performance based financing on HIV/AIDS service delivery in Rwanda." American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (2013). (forthcoming)
Zeng W, Shepard DS, Avila C, Ahn H.. "Using data envelopment analysis to estimate resource needs and gaps in achieving the targets of universal access to prioritized HIV/AIDS services in 2010." Health Policy and Planning (under review) (2014).
Gaumer G, Zeng W, Nandakumar AK. "Modeling the returns on scaling up malaria program in Ethiopia." Health Policy & Planning (2013).
Kaufman J, Zeng W, Wang LY, Zhang Y. "Community based mental health counseling for AIDS orphans in China.." AIDS Care (2013).
Magvanjav O, Undurraga E, Eisenberg D, Zeng W, Dorjgochoo T, Leonard W, Godoy R. "Sibling composition and children’s anthropometric indicators of nutritional status." Annals of Human Biology 40. 1 (2013): 23-34.
Shepard DS, Halasa Y, Zeng W. "Value and impact of international hospital accreditation: The case of Jordan." Plos One(submitted) (2013).
Zeng W, Cros M, Dilley KM, Shepard DS. "Impact of performance-based financing on primary health care services in Haiti.." Health Policy and Planning (2013).
Zeng W, Parida S, Zycherman A, Magvanjav O, Rubio K, Nyberg C, et al. "Sibling composition during childhood and adult blood pressure among native Amazonians in Bolivia." Economics & Human Biology (2013).
Zeng W, Stason WB, Fournier S, Razavi M, Shepard DS. "Benefits and costs of intensive lifestyle modification programs for symptomatic coronary disease in Medicare beneficiaries." American Heart Journal (2013).
Brandeis/EPOS research team. Performance based financing in the Republic of the Congo (Phase I). Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo Ministry of Health and Population, Republic of the Congo: 2012.
Halasa Y, Shepard DS, Zeng W. "Aggregate economic cost of dengue in Puerto Rico." American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 86. 5 (2012): 745-752.
Heller Research Team. Tackling malaria and pneumonia: New approaches to improving return on investment. Waltham Brandeis University: 2012.
Shepard DS, Zeng W, Amico P, Kanyange AK, Avila C. "A quasi-experimental study of HIV funding as resource capacity building in the Rwandan health system." The American Journal of Tropical Medicine 86. 5 (2012): 902-907.
Shepard DS, Zeng W, Strickler GK, Lwin AK, Cros MJ, Garner BR. "The brief treatment cost analysis tool (TCAT-Lite) for substance abuse treatment: Reliability and application." Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 30. 4 (2012): 377-396.
Zeng W, Eisenberg D, Jovel RK, Undurraga AE, Castano J, Nyberg C, Tanner S, Reyes-García V, Leonard W, Castano J, Huanca T, McDade T, Godoy R. "Adult obesity: Panel study from native Amazonians." Economics and Human Biology 11. 2 (2012): 227-235.
Zeng W, Jovel RK, Undurraga AE, Broesch J, Eisenberg D, Nyberg C, Tanner S, Reyes-García V, Leonard W, Castano J, Huanca T, McDade T, Godoy R. "Sib composition and child educational attainment: Theory and evidence from native Amazonians in Bolivia." Economics of Education Review 31. 6 (2012): 1017.
Zeng W, Shepard DS, Chilingerian J, Avila C.. "How much could we gain from improved efficiency? An examination of performance of national HIV/AIDS programs and its determinants in developing countries." BMC Health Services Research 12. (2012): 74.
Zeng W, Shepard DS. Global out-of-pocket spending on HIV/AIDS. Geneva UNAIDS: 2012.
Shepard DS, Zeng W. Design of health insurance for The Gambia. Banjul International Health Partners and The Department of State for Health, Social Welfare & Women’s Affairs, The Gambia: 2011.
Zeng W, Shepard DS, Kanyange AK, Amico P, Avila C. Does the policy work? An evaluation of HIV/AIDS health centers in Rwanda. Geneva UNAIDS: 2011.
Shepard DS, Zeng W, Lwin T. Methods for evaluating performance based financing in Haiti, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. Report prepared for Management Sciences for Health. Cambridge: 2010.
Shepard DS, Stason WB, Strickler GK, Lee JA, Bhalotra S, Ritter G, Suaya JA, Gurewich D, Fournier S, Zeng W, Razavi SM, Hurley CL. Evaluation of Lifestyle Modification and Cardiac Rehabilitation in Medicare Beneficiaries (Executive Summary). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Baltimore: 2009.
Shepard DS, Strickler GK, Zeng W, Ritter G, Stason WB, Bhalotra S. Impact and cost- effectiveness of the Medicare Lifestyle Modification Program Demonstration. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Baltimore: 2009.
Zeng W, Shepard DS, Kanyange AK. Linking HIV/AIDS spending with service delivery in Rwanda. Geneva, Switzerland Report prepared for UNAIDS: 2009.
Zeng W, Shepard DS, Avila C. Resource needs and gap analysis in achieving the targets of universal access to prioritized HIV/AIDS services by 2010. Geneva, Switzerland Report prepared for UNAIDS: 2009.
Zeng W, Shepard DS. Filling in data gaps: a trend approach. Report prepared for UNAIDS. Geneva, Switzerland: 2009.
Shepard DS, Tyo KR, Seidmann MR, Zeng W. Cost-effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccination among children in Singapore. Report prepared for the Singapore Ministry of Health. Singapore: 2008.
Shepard DS, Zeng W, Neuman MJ, Kanyange AK. Critical Review of Costing Models to Estimate Resource Needs to Address Global HIV and AIDS. Technical report to UNAIDS. Geneva, Switzerland: 2007.
Shepard DS, Zeng W, Neuman MJ, Kanyange AK. Novel and Alternative Approaches to Estimate Global Resource Needs to HIV and AIDS. Technical report to UNAIDS. Geneva, Switzerland: 2007.
Ma J, Xu G, Zeng W. "Lessons from Payment Reform in Korean Health Care Systems (in Chinese)." Chinese Health Economics 23. 4 (2004): 77.
Shi R, Cai Y, Zeng W,. "Analysis of the Impact of Social-economic Factors on SARS Risk Behavior in Shanghai Community Residents (in Chinese)." Chinese General Practice 6 (2003): 481-485.
Zeng W, Huang ZJ.. "Effects of Mental Health on the Academic Performance in Medical Students by Linear Structure Relations (in Chinese)." Chinese Mental Health Journal 17. 10 (2003): 659.
Zeng W, Yan YS. "Gene Therapy Strategies for AIDS (in Chinese)." Strait Journal of Preventive Medicine 7. 2 (2001): 24.
Huang ZJ, Zeng W. "The Application of Life Quality Evaluation in Leukemia Patients (in Chinese)." Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology 8. 2 (2000): 118.