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​Prof. Kin-on KWOK 郭健安教授

Prof. Kin-on KWOK


BSc (CUHK), MPhil (CUHK), PhD (HKU)

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointments

  • Honorary Lecturer, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom​


Prof. Kin On Kwok joined The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016. He obtained his PhD degree in Public Health Medicine from the University of Hong Kong in 2008. He is currently the concentration coordinator of Environmental / Occupational Health and Infectious Diseases in the Master of Public Health curriculum. In addition to supervising graduate students, he currently teaches two courses including Biostatistics and Practical Data Collection, Management and Analysis in the undergraduate curriculum. In 2018 and 2019, he has been awarded with “Teachers of the Years Award” by Faculty of Medicine, CUHK. His main publications are on infectious diseases epidemiology, infection control of emerging diseases and dynamics model in infectious diseases. He is currently the principal and co- investigator for several ongoing local and international research projects funded by University Grants Committee, Food and Health Bureau and Wellcome Trust. He is also academic Editor of two journals including PLOS ONE and Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling.

Research Interests

  • To understand the transmission dynamics, epidemiology and evolution of infectious diseases

  • To evaluate the infection control policies

  • To understand the human immune state to influenza infection and vaccination over the course of a lifetime

  • To develop methods and measure social contact networks and patterns

  • To understand the behavioral responses of people to infections and how this may feedback into the infection dynamics

Selected Publications

  1. Li KK, Chan WH, Lee SS, Kwok KO*. The mediating roles of social benefits and social influence on the relationships between collectivism, power distance, and influenza vaccination among Hong Kong nurses: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2019; (In press). (* corresponding author)

  2. Kwok KO*, Tang A, Wei WI, Park WH, Yeoh EK, Riley S. Epidemic models of contact tracing: Systematic Review of Transmission Studies of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal. 2019; 17: 186–194. (* corresponding author)

  3. KWOK KO*, Li KK, Lee SS, Chng HU, Wei WI, Ismail NH, Mosli H, Koh D, Lai A, Lim JW. Multicentre study on cultural dimensions and perceived attitudes of nurses towards influenza vaccination uptake. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2018 Nov 28. pii: S0195-6701(18)30672-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.11.017. (* corresponding author)

  4. Wong WH, IP M, Tang A, Wei WI, Wong S, Riley S, Read J, Kwok KO*. Prevalence and risk factors of community-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) carriage in Asia-Pacific region from 2000-2016: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Epidemiology 2018.  Volume 10. Page 1489-1501 (* corresponding author)

  5. Kwok KO*, Read J, Tang A, Hong C, Riley S, Kam KM. A systematic review of transmission dynamic studies of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in non-hospital residential facilities. BMC Infect Disease. 2018 Apr 18;18(1):188. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-3060-6. (*corresponding author)

  6. KWOK KO*, Cowling BJ, Wei WI, Riley S, Read JM. Temporal variation of human encounters and the number of locations in which they occur: A longitudinal study of Hong Kong residents. J R Soc Interface. 2018 Jan;15(138). pii: 20170838. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0838. (* corresponding author)

  7. Kwok KO, Riley S, Perera R, Wei VWI, Wu P, Wei L, Chu DKW, Barr IG, Malik Peiris JS, Cowling BJ: Relative incidence and individual-level severity of seasonal influenza A H3N2 compared with 2009 pandemic H1N1. BMC Infect Dis 2017, 17(1):337.

  8. Kwok KO, Davoudi B, Riley S, Pourbohloul B: Early real-time estimation of the basic reproduction number of emerging or reemerging infectious diseases in a community with heterogeneous contact pattern: Using data from Hong Kong 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza as an illustrative example. PLoS One 2015, 10(9):e0137959.

  9. Kwok KO, Cowling BJ, Wei VW, Wu KM, Read JM, Lessler J, Cummings DA, Peiris JS, Riley S: Social contacts and the locations in which they occur as risk factors for influenza infection. Proc Biol Sci 2014, 281(1789):20140709. 

  10. Kwok KO, Leung GM, Mak P, Riley S: Antiviral stockpiles for influenza pandemics from the household perspective: treatment alone versus treatment with prophylaxis. Epidemics 2013, 5(2):92-97.

Last Updated: 27 July 2020