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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, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care
  • 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 (Urban Environment and Public Health), Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability
  • Fellow, Morningside College


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


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
  • Honorary Professor, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
  • 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

  • Member, Strategic Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Observatory
  • Member, Social Welfare Advisory Committee of the Labour and Welfare Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Member, Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee, Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Member, Council for Sustainable Development, Hong Kong SAR Government
  • Member, Council of Hong Kong Metropolitan University
  • Co-chairperson, World Health Organization COVID-19 Research Roadmap Social Science working group
  • Co-chairperson, World Health Organization Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management Research Network (WHO H-EDRM Research Network)
  • Member, World Meteorological Organization SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Task Team
  • Member, Asia Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR APSTAAG)
  • 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))


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. Essentials for health protection: Four key components. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2020. 256 p.
  2. Chan EYY, Shaw R. (eds.) Public health and disasters - Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management in Asia. Tokyo: Springer; 2020.
  3. Chan EYY. Disaster public health and older people (Routledge Humanitarian Studies). London: Routledge; 2019. 258 p.
  4. Chan EYY. Climate Change and Urban Health. London: Routledge; 2019. 288 p.
  5. Chan EYY, Building bottom-up health and disaster risk reduction programmes. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2018. 358 p.
  6. Chan EYY, Public health humanitarian responses to natural disasters. London: Routledge; 2017. 293 p.
  7. Chan EYY, Lo ESK, Huang Z, Lam HCY, Yeung MPS, Kwok KO, Hung KKC, Tse SLA. Sociodemographic predictors of knowledge, mosquito bite patterns and protective behaviors concerning vector borne disease: The case of dengue fever in Chinese subtropical city, Hong Kong. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 15(1): e0008993.
  8. Chan EYY, Lo ESK, Huang Z, Kim JH, Hung H, Hung KCK, Wong ELY, Wong SYS, Gobat N. Characteristics and well-being of urban informal home care providers during COVID-19 pandemic: a population-based study. BMJ Open. 2020;10:e041191. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041191
  9. Chan EYY, Shahzada TS, Sham TST, Dubois C, Huang Z, Liu S, Ho JYE, Hung KKC, Kwok KO, Shaw R. Narrative review of non-pharmaceutical behavioural measures for the prevention of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) based on the Health-EDRM framework. British Medical Bulletin. 2020;ldaa030. doi:
  10. Chan EYY, Gobat N, Kim JH, Newnham EA, Huang Z, Hung H, et al. Informal home care providers: the forgotten health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet. 2020. doi: