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Professor Emily Ying-yang CHAN (陳英凝教授)

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

Professor and Associate Director (External Affairs and Collaborations);

Head, Division of Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care


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Division of Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine

Division of Health System, Policy and Management


Emily Ying Yang Chan serves as Professor and Assistant Dean (Global Engagement), Faculty of Medicine, and Associate Director (External Affairs and Collaboration), JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK; Director, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), Centre for Global Health (CGH) and Centre of Excellence (ICoE-CCOUC), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR); Visiting Professor, Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine; Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Visiting Scholar, FXB Center, Harvard University; Honorary Professor, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong; Co-chairperson, WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management Research Group; and member, Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG).

Awarded the 2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award of American Public Health Association, Professor Chan has published more than 200 international peer-reviewed academic/technical/conference articles and eight of these appeared in The Lancet and Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Her disaster-health related papers have been used as policy references within WHO and the Health Emergency Response Office of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission. Professor Chan also has extensive experience as frontline emergency relief practitioner in the mid-1990s that spans across 20 countries.

Research Interest

  • Disaster and humanitarian medicine

  • Climate change and health 

  • Global and planetary health

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

  • Remote rural health

  • Implementation and translational science

  • Ethnic minority health

  • Injury and violence epidemiology

  • Primary care

Selected Publications 

  1. Chan EYY, Public health humanitarian responses to natural disasters. London: Routledge; 2017.

  2. Chan EYY, Guo C, Lee P, Liu S, Mark CKM. (2017). Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM) in remote ethnic minority areas of rural China: the case of a flood-prone village in Sichuan. 2017. doi:10.1007/s13753-017-0121-1

  3. Chan EYY, Huang Z, Mark CKM, Guo C. (2017). Weather information acquisition and health significance during extreme cold weather in a subtropical city: a cross-sectional survey in Hong Kong. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 2017. doi:10.1007/s13753-017-0127-8

  4. Chan EYY, Murray V. What are the health research needs for the Sendai Framework? The Lancet. Published Online 2017 June 19. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31670-7.

  5. Chan EY, Yue J, Lee P, Wang SS. Socio-demographic predictors for urban community disaster health risk perception and household based preparedness in a Chinese urban city. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2016 Jun 27. Edition 1. Available from:

  6. Chan EY, Wang Z, Mark CK, Da Liu S. Industrial accidents in China: risk reduction and response. Lancet. 2015 Oct 10;386(10002):1421-2. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00424-9

  7. Chan EYY, Liu S, Hung KKC. Typhoon Haiyan and beyond. Lancet [Internet]. 2013 Dec

    7;382(9908):1873. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62415-0.  Available from:

  8. Chan EYY, Goggins WB, Yue SK, Lee PY. Hospital admissions as a function of temperature, other weather phenomena and pollution levels in an urban setting in China. Bulletin of World Health Organization. 2013 August 1; 91(8): 576 584. Available from:

  9. Chan EYY. Bottom-up disaster resilience. Nature Geoscience. 2013 April;6(5):327 8. Available from:

  10. Chan EY, Goggins WB, Kim JJ, Griffiths SM (2012) A study of intracity variation of temperature-related mortality and socioeconomic status among the Chinese population of Hong Kong. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2012;66(4):322-7.

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