Melanie Dove, M.P.H., Sc.D.

Melanie S. Dove, M.P.H., Sc.D.


Health Policy


  • Assistant Adjunct Professor


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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Dove's research examines the public health impact of tobacco control policies and programs, including smoke-free air laws and Tobacco 21 policies. She also has an interest in policies and programs that impact women's health. Dr. Dove has extensive experience working with large national or state surveys and has presented workshops on how to analyze survey data. 


Health Policy and Management

Center/Program Affiliation

Public Health Sciences


M.P.H., Boston University, Boston MA 2003

Sc.D., Harvard University, Boston MA 2010

B.A., UC Irvine, Irvine CA 1999

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Honors and Awards

CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference Annual Meeting Travel Award, 2014, 2016

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Travel Award, 2008

National Research Service Award, Training Program in Environmental Epidemiology, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Boston University School of Public Health Scholarship and Traineeship Grant, 2001

Select Recent Publications

Dove MS, Stewart S, Cummins S, et al. Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Program: Reach to Pregnant and Parenting Women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018;55:S205-S213.

Vijayaraghavan M, Dove MS, Stewart S, et al. Racial/ethnic differences in the response to incentives for Quitline engagement: Results from the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Program. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018;55:S186-S195.

Hood-Medland A, Dove MS, Stewart S, et al. Use of centralized versus Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan mailings to provide incentives to California Medi-Cal smokers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018;55:S178-S185.

Tong EK, Stewart SL, Schillinger D, et al. Impact of statewide outreach through health channels promoting incentives for California Medicaid smokers to utilize the state quitline. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2018;55:S159-S169.

Early D, Dove MS, Schwarz EB, Thiel de Bocanegra H. Publicly-funded family planning: Lessons from California, before and after the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion. Health Affairs. 2018;37:1475 – 1483.

Fingar KR, Lob SH, Dove MS et al. Reassessing the association between WIC and birth outcomes using a fetus-at-risk approach. Matern Child Health J. 2017;21:825-835. 

Dove MS, Dockery DW, Connolly GW.  Smoke-free air laws and asthma prevalence, symptoms and severity among non-smoking youth, NHANES 1999-2006. Pediatrics. 2011;127:102-109.

Dove MS, Dockery DW, Mittleman MA, et al. The Impact of Massachusetts’ Smoke-Free Workplace Laws on Acute Myocardial Infarction Deaths. American Journal of Public Health. 2010;100:2206–2212.

Dove MS, Dockery DW, Connolly GW.  Smoke-free air laws and secondhand smoke exposure among non-smoking youth, NHANES 1999 – 2006. Pediatrics. 2010;126:80-7. 

Pickett MS, Schober SE, Brody DJ, et al. Smoke-free laws and secondhand smoke exposure in US non-smoking adults, 1999-2002. Tobacco Control. 2006;4:302-307.