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Academic Staff

MBBS (HKU), BS (Johns Hopkins), SM PIH (Harvard), MD (CUHK), DFM (HKCFP), FFPH, FHKAM (Community Medicine), FHKCCM


Academic Appointments

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

  • Director, Centre for Global Health

  • Assistant Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Medicine

  • Professor (by Courtesy), Accident and Emergency Unit, Faculty of Medicine

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

  • Fellow (Urban Environment and Public Health), Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability

  • Fellow, Morningside College

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

  • Visiting Professor of Public Health Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford

  • Visiting Scholar, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, HarvardUniversity


Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan serves as Professor and Assistant Dean (Global Engagement) at Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is Director of the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), the Centre for Global Health (CGH), the Centre of Excellence (ICoE-CCOUC) of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), and Deputy Director of the CUHK Jockey Club Multi-Cancer Prevention Programme. Professor Chan is also Co-chairperson of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management (H-EDRM) Research Network and World Health Organization COVID-19 Research Roadmap Social Science working group, and member of the Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG) of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), World Meteorological Organization SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Task Team, Scientific Working Group (SWG) of World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre, WKC), Alliance of International Science Organizations on Disaster Risk Reduction (ANSO-DRR) International Steering Committee and the Third China Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR China). She concurrently serves as Visiting Professor (Public Health Medicine) at Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine, Honorary Professor at Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, and Fellow at FXB Center, Harvard University.

Her research interests include disaster and humanitarian medicine, climate change and health, global and planetary health, Human Health Security and Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM), remote rural health, implementation and translational science, ethnic minority health, injury and violence epidemiology, and primary care. Awarded the 2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award of the American Public Health Association, Professor Chan has published more than 300 international peer-reviewed academic/technical/conference articles.

Professor Chan also had extensive experience as a frontline emergency relief practitioner in the mid-1990s, which spanned across 20 countries. She was awarded the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2004, Caring Physicians of the World Award in 2005, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award in 2005, Hong Kong Humanity Award in 2007, Leader of the Year Award in 2016, National Geographic Chinese Explorer Award in 2016, UGC Teaching Award in 2017, National Teaching Achievement Award of People’s Republic of China in 2018, and nominee of the biennial United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2019.

Research Interests

  • Disaster and humanitarian medicine

  • Human Health Security and Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health EDRM)

  • Climate change and health

  • Global and planetary health

  • Remote rural health

  • Implementation and translational science

  • Ethnic minority health

  • Injury and violence epidemiology

  • Primary care

Recent Funded Research Projects 

  • Homecare of individuals with COVID-19, World Health Organization (Ref.: 2020/1029037-0)

Selected Publications

  1. . Chan EYY. Essentials for health protection: Four key components. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2020. 256 p.

  2. Chan EYY. Disaster public health and older people (Routledge Humanitarian Studies). London: Routledge; 2019. 258 p.

  3. Chan EYY, Shaw R. (eds.) Public health and disasters - Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management in Asia. Tokyo: Springer; 2020.

  4. 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:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31254-X

  5. Chan EYY, Huang Z, Lo ESK, Hung KKC, Wong ELY, Wong SYS. Sociodemographic Predictors of Health Risk Perception, Attitude and Behavior Practices Associated with Health-Emergency Disaster Risk Management for Biological Hazards: The Case of COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong, SAR China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020; 17:3869.

  6. Chan EYY, Hung KKC, Hung HHY, Graham CA. Use of tear gas for crowd control in Hong Kong. Lancet. 2019.

  7. Chan EYY, Ho JY, Hung HH, Liu S, Lam HC. Health impact of climate change in cities of middle-income countries: the case of China. British medical bulletin. 2019.

  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

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