Professor Eng Kiong YEOH, GBS, OBE, JP (楊永強教授)

Director, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care                                                                    
Head, Division of Health System, Policy and Management

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Professor Yeoh is Professor of Public Health, Director at the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and also Head of Division of Health System, Policy and Management at the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care.  His research is in health systems, services and policy with an interest in applying systems thinking in studying how the complex components of health systems interact and interrelate to improve health.  He is involved in collaborative work with research networks such as the Association of Pacific Rim Universities World Institute and World Bank Institute Asia Network for Capacity Building in Health Systems Strengthening (ANHSS) in studies on health systems and training for policy. He was Chairman of the ANHSS from July 2009 – June 2014, and   serves as Cluster Leader for the Knowledge Events.  He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the National University of Singapore Initiative to improve health in Asia, which seeks to contribute to thinking and policy formulation in public health & health systems development in Asia.  

Prior to joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Yeoh was Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  As Secretary, he established systems in health care delivery, financing and quality assurance for a vision of “a lifelong investment in health.”  He modernised the capabilities of the health system to deal with potential outbreaks of infectious disease.  In the Welfare portfolio, he instituted changes in funding providers and in the organisation of services which would improve outputs and outcomes.  
From 1990 – 1999, Professor Yeoh was head & the first Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority with the responsibility of the management and transformation of the public hospital system.  The greatest impact of Professor Yeoh's work as Chief Executive was in transforming the entire public system into one which embraced new values of being patient-centred, a focus on outcomes, an emphasis on quality and initiative in clinical governance.  He was President of the International Hospital Federation from 2001 – 2003 and was awarded the Hospital Management Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
As a clinician, he pioneered public health programmes in the prevention of Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS. 
Professor Yeoh has held many key positions in professional bodies, both locally and internationally. 
He was awarded JP in 1993, OBE in 1997 by the Hong Kong Government and GBS in 2005 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of his public service.

Teaching Modules 
  • Medical Year 4 -- Health Systems and Policies in Hong Kong
  • BSc in Public Health -- PHPC 4028 Patients, Professions and Cares
  • BSc in Public Health -- PHPC 3024 Policy and Finance in Healthcare Systems
Taught Postgraduate
  • MSc in Health Service Management -- HSYS5001 Health Policy and Management
  • MSc in Health Service Management -- HSYS5004 Health Care System and Policies

Postgraduate Supervision 
  • Carrie Yam 2012 onwards (Part-time)


Publications of 2012
  1. WONG Eliza, COULTER Angela, CHEUNG Annie, YAM Carrie, YEOH Eng Kiong and GRIFFITHS Sian. Patient Experiences with Public Hospital Care: First Benchmark Survey in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 18(5):371–380. 2012.10.

  2. WONG Fiona, CHAN Frank, YOU Joyce, WONG Eliza and YEOH Eng Kiong. A Consensus-based Policy Framework on Pharmacist-led Self-management Using the Delphi Process. Journal of Service Science and Management, 5(3):223–229. 2012.09. 

Online Publication:

  1. CHUNG Vincent, MA Polly, LAU Johnson, WONG Samuel, YEOH Eng Kiong and GRIFFITHS Sian. Views on Traditional Chinese Medicine amongst Chinese Population: A Systematic Review of Qualitative and Quantitative Studies. Health Expectations, published online 31 May 2012.

Publications of 2011  

  1. YOU Joyce; WONG Fiona; CHAN Wan Kin; WONG Lai Yi and YEOH Eng Kiong. Public Perception on the Role of Community Pharmacists in Self-medication and Self-care in Hong Kong. BMC Clinical Pharmacology, 11(19):1–8. 2011.11.

  2. YAM Carrie; LIU Su; HUANG Olivia; YEOH Eng Kiong and GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl. Can Vouchers Make a Difference to the Use of Private Primary Care Services by Older People? Experience from the Healthcare Reform Programme in Hong Kong. BMC Health Services Research, 11:255, 10 pages. 2011.10.

  3. WONG Lai Yi; YAM Carrie; CHEUNG Annie; LEUNG Michael; CHAN Wan Kin, WONG Fiona and YEOH Eng Kiong. Barriers to Effective Discharge Planning: A Qualitative Study Investigating the Perspectives of Frontline Healthcare Professionals. BMC Health Services Research, 11(242):1–10. 2011.09.

  4. CHAN Wan Kin; WONG Fiona; YAM Carrie; CHEUNG Annie; WONG Lai Yi; LEUNG Michael; GOGGINS William Bernard and YEOH Eng Kiong. Risk Factors of Hospitalization and Readmission of Patients with COPD in Hong Kong Population: Analysis of Hospital Admission Records. BMC Health Services Research, 11(186):1–6. 2011.08.

  5. WONG Lai Yi; LEUNG Michael; CHEUNG Annie; YAM Carrie; YEOH Eng Kiong and GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl. A Population-based Survey Using PPE-15: Relationship of Care Aspects to Patient Satisfaction in Hong Kong. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 23(4):390–396. 2011.08.

  6. WONG Lai Yi; CHEUNG Annie; LEUNG Michael; YAM Carrie; CHAN Wan Kin; WONG Fiona and YEOH Eng Kiong. Unplanned Readmission Rates, Length of Hospital Stay, Mortality, and Medical Costs of Ten Common Medical Conditions: A Retrospective Analysis of Hong Kong Hospital Data. BMC Health Services Research, 11(149):1–8. 2011.06.

  7. WONG Yan Yan; CHAN Wan Kin; YOU Joyce; WONG Lai Yi; CHUNG Chi Ho; GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl andYEOH Eng Kiong. Patient Self-management and the Role of Pharmacists: Developing a Consensus-based Policy Framework". Hong Kong Medical Journal, 17(Supplement 3):S16–19. 2011.06.

  8. CHAN Wan Kin; WONG Fiona; FUNG Hong and YEOH Eng Kiong. The Development of a Health Call Centre in Hong Kong: A Study on the Perceived Needs of Patients. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 17(3):208–216. 2011.06.

  9. WONG Lai Yi; YAM Carrie; CHAN Wan Kin; CHEUNG Annie; WONG Yan Yan; GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl andYEOH Eng Kiong. Perspective from Health Professionals on Delivery of Sub-acute Care in Hong Kong: A Qualitative Study in a Health System. Health Policy, 100(2–3):211–218. 2011.05.

  10. WONG Fiona; CHAN Wan Kin; YOU Joyce; WONG Lai Yi and YEOH Eng Kiong. Patient Self-management and Pharmacist-led Patient Self-management in Hong Kong: A Focus Group Study from Different Healthcare Professionals' Perspectives. BMC Health Services Research, 11(121):1–7. 2011.05.

  11. CHUNG Chi Ho; HILLIER Sheila; LAU Chun Hong; WONG Yeung Shan Samuel; YEOH Eng Kiong and GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl. Referral to and Attitude Towards Traditional Chinese Medicine Amongst Western Medical Doctors in Postcolonial Hong Kong. Social Science and Medicine, 72(2):247–255. 2011.01.

Publications of 2010  

  1. CHUNG Chi Ho; LAU Chun Hong; CHAN Wan Kin; YOU Joyce; WONG Lai Yi; YEOH Eng Kiong and GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl. Use of Chinese and Western Over-the-counter Medications in Hong Kong. Chinese Medicine, 5(41):1–9. 2010.12.

  2. WONG Lilian; CHAN Wan Kin; WONG Yan Yan Fiona; WONG Lai Yi, HUEN Kwai Fun; YEOH Eng Kiongand FOK Tai Fai. Transition Care for Adolescents and Families with Chronic Illnesses. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47(6):540–546. 2010.12.

  3. YAM Ho Kwan; WONG Lai Yi; CHAN Wan Kin; LEUNG Michael; WONG Yan Yan Fiona; CHEUNG Wai Ling and YEOH Eng Kiong. Avoidable Readmission in Hong Kong — System, Clinician, Patient or Social Factor?. BMC Health Services Research, 10(311):1–11. 2010.11.

  4. YAM Ho Kwan; WONG Lai Yi; CHAN Wan Kin; LEUNG Michael; WONG Yan Yan Fiona; CHEUNG Wai Ling and YEOH Eng Kiong. Measuring and Preventing Potentially Avoidable Hospital Readmissions: A Review of the Literature. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 16(5):383–389. 2010.10.

  5. WONG Lai Yi; LAM Kwok Man, GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl, CHUNG Chi Ho and YEOH Eng Kiong. Chinese Medicine: Its Role and Application in the Institutionalised Older People. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19(7-8):1084–1093. 2010.04

Publications of 2009 
  1. CHUNG Chi Ho; LAU Chun Hong, YEOH Eng Kiong and GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl.  Age, Chronic non-communicable disease and Choice of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine Outpatient Services in a Chinese Population. BMC Health Services Research, 2009 Nov 17;9:207

  2. YAM Ho Kwan; Mercer Stewart W; WONG Lai Yi; CHAN Wan Kin; YEOH Eng Kiong. Public and private healthcare services utilization by non-institutional elderly in Hong Kong: is the inverse care law operating? Health Policy, 2009 Aug; 91(3):229-38.

  3. CHUNG Chi Ho; Lau Chun Hong; WONG Ming Chung; YEOH Eng Kiong and GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl. Perceived Quality of Communication amongst Outpatients in Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinics in a Chinese Population. Health Policy April 2009. vol.90 no.1, pp.66-72.

Publications of 2008

  1. LI K T Donald; GRIFFITHS Sian Meryl; WONG Andromeda Hin Shun and YEOH Eng Kiong. The primary care system and health insurance in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Practitioner March 2008. vol.30 pp.38-42. 2008.03.