Global Engagement

Professor CHAN Ying Yang, Emily

Global Engagement – Assistant Dean

Associate Director (External Affairs and Collaboration) and Professor, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care
Director, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response
Director, CUHK Centre for Global Health

Global Engagement – Assistant Dean

Professor CHAN Ying Yang, Emily

The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care

Contact Information
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School / Department / Institute / Centre / Unit
The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care
Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response
CUHK Centre for Global Health

Public Health
Global Health
Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine (Health-EDRM)
Climate Change and Planetary Health
Health Needs, Policy and Programme Evaluation

Bachelor of Science (BSc [Hons]) in Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Master of Science (MSc) in Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), University of Hong Kong
Doctor of Medicine (MD), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Fellow, Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (FHKCCM), Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
Fellow, Faculty of Public Health (FFPH), United Kingdom

Research Interests
Climate change and planetary health
Health and environmental co-benefits
Disaster and humanitarian medicine
Global and planetary health
Violence and injury epidemiology
Research methodology
Healthy settings 
Health needs and programme impact evaluation 
Evidence-based medical and public health interventions in resource deficit settings

Additional Information
Honorary appointments
Visiting Professor of Public Health Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford University (since 2016)
Visiting Scholar, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (FXB Center), Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University (since 2014)
Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University (since 2016)

International bodies
Co-chairperson, World Health Organization Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management Research Network (WHO H-EDRM Research Network) (since 2016)
Member of the Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR ASTAAG) (since 2016)
Director, International Centre of Excellence in Health and Community Resilience (ICoE-CCOUC) of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR, a joint research programme of International Science Council (ISC) and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)) (since 2016)
Member, Third China Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR China) (since 2017)

Community services
Member, Strategic Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Observatory (since 2016)
Council Member, Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (since 2008)

Recent Honours and Awards
Nobuo Maeda International Research Award (2007) of American Public Health Association
UGC Teaching Award, University Grants Committee of Hong Kong (2017)
University Education Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2017)
National Geographic Chinese Explorer Award, National Geographic Magazine (2016)
Leader of the Year 2015 (Community/Public Affairs/Environment & Conservation)
Hong Kong Humanity Award (2007) 
World Medical Association’s Caring Physicians of the World Award (2005)
Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award (2005)
Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (2004)
Selected Publications
  1. Chan, E. Y. (2018). Building bottom-up health and disaster risk reduction programmes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. Chan, E. Y. Y. (2017). Public health humanitarian responses to natural disasters. London: Routledge.
  3. Chan, E. Y. Y., Murray, V. (2017) What are the health research needs for the Sendai Framework? The Lancet, 390(10106), e35–e36. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31670-7.
  4. Chan, E. Y. Y., Lam, H. C. Y., So, S. H. W., Goggins, III W. B., Ho, J. Y., Liu, S., Chung, P. P. W. (2018). Association between ambient temperatures and mental disorder hospitalizations in a subtropical city: A time-series study of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, 754. doi:10.3390/ijerph15040754
  5. Yang, J., Siri, J. G., Remais, J. V., Cheng, Q., Zhang, H., Chan, K. K. Y., Sun, Z., Zhao, Y., Cong, N., Li, X., Zhang, W., Bai, Y., Bi, J., Cai, W., Chan, E. Y. Y., et al. (2018). The Tsinghua–Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities in China: Unlocking the power of cities for a healthy China. The Lancet, 391(10135), 2140-2184. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30486-0
  6. Chan, E. Y., Yue, J., Lee, P., & Wang, S. S. (2016). Socio-demographic predictors for urban community disaster health risk perception and household based preparedness in a Chinese urban city. PLOS Currents Disasters. Advance online publication. doi:10.1371/currents.dis.287fb7fee6f9f4521af441a236c2d519.
  7. Chan, E. Y. Y., Cheng, C. K. Y., Tam, G., Huang, Z., & Lee, P. (2015). Willingness of future A/H7N9 influenza vaccine uptake: A cross-sectional study of Hong Kong community [Internet]. Vaccine. Retrieved from
  8. Chan, E. Y. Y., Wang, Z., Mark, C. K. M., & Liu, S. D. (2015). Industrial accidents in China: Risk reduction and response [Internet]. The Lancet, 386(10002), 1421-1422. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00424-9
  9. Chan, E. Y. Y., Kim, J. H., Lin, C. L. Y., Cheung, E. Y. L., & Lee, P. Y. (2014). Is previous disaster experience a good predictor for disaster preparedness in extreme poverty households in remote Muslim minority based community in China? Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16, 466–472. doi:10.1007/s10903-012-9761-9
  10. Chan, E. Y. Y., Goggins, W. B., Yue, S. K., & Lee, P. Y. (2013). Hospital admissions as a function of temperature, other weather phenomena and pollution levels in an urban setting in China. Bulletin of World Health Organization, 91(8), 576–584. doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.113035
Undergraduate teaching: MBChB Programme, BSc in Public Health Programme
Postgraduate teaching: MPH Programme
Postgraduate supervision: MPhil / PhD in Public Health and Post-doctoral fellows
Mentor, Mentorship program, Global Physician Stream, Faculty of Medicine
Course Coordinator, Public Health Training Support Services for Department of Health 2013-2018