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Professor CHAN Ying Yang, Emily

Professor CHAN Ying Yang, Emily

Assistant Dean (External Affairs)

Professor, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care

CUHK Employment
  • Assistant Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor and Associate Director (External Affairs and Collaboration), The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care
  • Head, Division of Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine

  • Professor (by Courtesy), Accident and Emergency Unit

  • Director, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response

  • Director, CUHK Centre for Global Health

  • Deputy Director, CUHK Jockey Club Multi-Cancer Prevention Programme

  • Fellow, Morningside College


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


Education & Qualifications

MBBS (HK), BSc in Biomedical Engineering (Johns Hopkins), SM PIH (Harvard), MD (CUHK), DFM (HKCFP), FFPH, FHKAM (Community Medicine), FHKCCM



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


Award & Honour

  • Visiting Professor of Public Health Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford University
  • Fellow, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (FXB Center), Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Second Prize, National Teaching Achievement Award (Higher Education), Ministry of Education, China, 2018
  • 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 (Community/Public Affairs/Environment & Conservation), 2015
  • Nobuo Maeda International Research Award, American Public Health Association, 2007
  • 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


Professional Service

  • Co-chairperson, World Health Organization Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management Research Network (WHO H-EDRM Research Network)
  • Member, Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR ASTAAG)

  • Member, Scientific Working Group, World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre, WKC)

  • 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 (UNDRR)
  • Member, Third China Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR China)
  • Member, Strategic Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Observatory
  • Member, Council of The Open University of Hong Kong

  • Member, Corruption Prevention Advisory Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption

  • Council Member, Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation


Academic Engagement in CUHK

  • Mentor, MBChB Programme Global Physician-Leadership Stream (GPS)
  • Course Coordinator (2013-2022), Public Health Training Support Services for Department of Health, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Selected Publications
  1. Chan EYY. Climate Change and Urban Health. London: Routledge; 2019. 288 p.
  2. Chan EYY, Building bottom-up health and disaster risk reduction programmes. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2018. 358 p.
  3. Chan EYY, Public health humanitarian responses to natural disasters. London: Routledge; 2017. 293 p.
  4. Chan EYY, Man AYT, Lam HCY. Scientific evidence on natural disasters and health emergency and disaster risk management in Asian rural-based area. Br Med Bull. 2019;ldz002:1-15. doi:10.1093/bmb/ldz002
  5. Chan EYY, Huang Z, Lam HCY, Wong CKP, Zou Q. Health vulnerability index for disaster risk reduction: application in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) region. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(3):380. doi:10.3390/ijerph16030380
  6. Chan EYY, Huang Z, Hung KKC, Chan GKW, Lam HCY, Lo ESK, Yeung MPS. Health Emergency Disaster Risk Management of public transport systems: a population-based study after the 2017 subway fire in Hong Kong, China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(2):228. doi:10.3390/ijerph16020228
  7. Chan EYY, Ho JYE, Huang Z, Kim JK, Lam HCY, Chung PPW, Carol KPW, Liu S, Chow S. Long-Term and Immediate Impacts of Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM) Education Interventions in a Rural Chinese Earthquake-Prone Transitional Village. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 2018;9(3):319-330.
  8. Chan EYY, Chiu CP, Chan GKW. Medical and health risks associated with communicable diseases of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh 2017. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2018;68:39-43.
  9. Chan EYY, Murray V. What are the health research needs for the Sendai Framework? The Lancet. 2017; 390(10106):e35 -e36. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31670-7.
  10. Chan EY, Goggins WB, Yue JSK, Lee P. (2013). Hospital admissions as a function of temperature, weather phenomena and pollution levels in an urban setting in China. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. August 2013