Professor Emily Ying Yang CHAN – 陈英凝教授

Centre Director 研究所所长

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

CU50-The People Series

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Professor Emily Chan was featured in "CU50-The People" series as part of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Golden Jubilee Celebration. 

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Professor Chan is a specialist in public health medicine and a Professor and, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care (JCSPHPC), Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong. She concurrently holds the position as Assistant Dean (External Affairs) at the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Head of the Division of Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine at CUHK JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Director of the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), Director of the Centre for Global Health (CGH) at CUHK Faculty of Medicine, Deputy Director of the CUHK Jockey Club Multi-Cancer Prevention Programme. Visiting Professor of Public Health Medicine at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford (link), Fellow at FXB Center, Harvard University, and Honorary Professor at Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong.

Professor Chan’s research interests include climate change and health, health and environmental co-benefits, disaster and humanitarian medicine, global and planetary health, violence and injury epidemiology, healthy settings, health needs and programme impact evaluation, evidence-based medical and public health interventions in resource deficit settings. She has published more than 300 international peer-reviewed academic/technical/conference articles and 12 of these appeared in The Lancet and Bulletin of the World Health Organization. She has accumulated more than HK$89.3 million worth of competitive research and programme grants. She was awarded the 2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award of the American Public Health Association. Her disaster-related papers were used as policy references within WHO and National Emergency Response bureau of China National Health and the Family Planning Commission.

In addition to her regular clinical teachings, Professor Chan has mentored 10 PhD and 1 MPhil students. Professor Chan is in charge of the professional technical specialist training programme between CUHK- HKSAR Government Department of Health (2011-2019), China National CDC (2013-2014) and National Emergency Response Bureau of former China National Health and the Family Planning Commission (now National Health Commission) (2013-2015).

Her professional field-based academic and technical advisory experiences spans across 20 countries. Specifically, she currently runs the Ethnic Minority Health Project (EMHP) which has trained more than 700 students/scholars from CUHK, HKU, University of Oxford and Harvard University. The field-based programme has outreached more than 18,000 villagers in more than 27 remote, disaster prone, resource deficit settings since 2009. Professor Chan has also established research and training projects in Bhutan and Nepal. Moreover, the international online course "Public Health Principles in Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response" developed by her team to examine the application of public health principles in planning and responding to disaster and humanitarian crises has more than 8,000 students enrolled from six continents from May 2014 to October 2019. 

Professor Chan has also served as Co-Chair of World Health Organization Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management Research Group (WHO H-EDRM Research Group), a member of the Asia Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDDR APSTAAG), Director of the International Centre of Excellence in Health and Community Resilience (ICoE-CCOUC) of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR, a joint research programme of International Science Council (ISC) and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)), and a member of the Third China Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR China). Moreover, she has been in technical advisory role for WHO-Headquarters and EMRO (emergency health risk management), MSF (President, MSF HK 2000-2005 and as MSF public health technical advisor since 2005), RTHK (Humanitarian Program Advisor since 2001) and Hong Kong Observatory (Scientific advisory member since 2016) as well as for 7 technical boards of health-related NGOs in HK/China, Kingdom of Bhutan. She had won a number of teaching and community service awards. Among them, the CUHK Faculty of Medicine Teachers of the Year Award (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019), CUHK Best Interdisciplinary Award of Excellence in Social Engagement (2013), CUHK University Education Award (2017), University Grants Committee Teaching Award (2017), National Teaching Achievement Award (Higher Education), Ministry of Education, China (2018), Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (2004), Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award (2005), World Medical Association’s Caring Physicians of the World Award (2005), Hong Kong Humanity Award (2007), Leader of the Year Award 2015 of the Sing Tao News Corporation (2016), National Geographic Chinese Explorer Award (2016), and Nominee, United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction (2019).

Community engagements:

Since 2018, Member of the Council of the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)
Since 2018, Member of the Corruption Prevention Advisory Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong SAR Government
Since 2010, Advisor of Project Vision
Since 2009, Board member of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation


2018 National Teaching Achievement Award (Higher Education), Ministry of Education, China
2017 University Grants Committee Teaching Award
2016 National Geographic Chinese Explorer Award, National Geographic magazine
2016 Leader of the Year Award 2015 of the Sing Tao News Corporation
2010/2011/2013/2015/2016/2019 CUHK JC School of Public Health and Primary Care Best Teacher Award
2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award of the American Public Health Association
2007 Hong Kong Humanity Award  Link
2005 World Medical Association's Caring Physician of the World
2005 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award  Link
2004 Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award  Link

Selected media coverage:

2018 Living in the heat of the moment. China Daily.
2017 Human frontiers: How much heat can the body and mind take? Reuters
2017 In India, slight rise in temperatures is tied to heat wave deaths  New York Times
2017 Climate Watcher: The health impact of global warming  Radio Television Hong Kong
2017 86,000 Hongkongers get minor injuries from domestic animals every year, study shows  South China Morning Post
2016 Why Hong Kong students’ volunteering may do more harm than good  South China Morning Post
2016 “Good seeds , good deeds” – A CUHK scholar bustles in humanitarian reliefs  QS Asia
2016 Health experts train local communities to prepare for disasters  Reuters
2016 Young Hongkongers lagging the old in adapting to green lifestyle  South China Morning Post
2015 Hong Kong people not ready to deal with natural disasters, experts say  South China Morning Post 
2015 “Hong Kong Today” --Workshop on reducing disaster risks  Radio Television Hong Kong
2014 Let the dream continue: Emily Chan – VJ Media
2014 Emily Chan: The Hand of Rescue  Jessica
2014 Fund raising for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  Commercial Radio Hong Kong
2014 Physician in Humanitarian Response  Hong Kong Economic Times
2014 Disaster research and emergency response in mainland China  Radio Television Hong Kong
2014 Spend 30 RMB on Taobao to enhance disaster preparedness in rural China  Ming Po
2014 HKD40 Kit Bag that makes difference of life or death  South China Morning Post
2014 Professor Emily Chan's "can-do" attitude  Hong Kong Apple Daily
2013 What is humanitarian response  Radio Television Hong Kong
2013 Living condition of population displaced by the Sichuan Ya'an Earthquake  Wenweipo News
2013 Substandard Earthquake relief: Donations needed for long-term recovery post Ya'an Earthquake  Hong Kong Apple Daily
2012 Why Poverty? – Radio Television Hong Kong
2012 Under the Fiery Sun – PCCW NowTV
2012 Weekend Broadcasting Studio – Television Broadcasts Limited

Multi media:

2018 Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) – Women in STM with Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan
2017 CUHK – University Education Award
2013 CUHK Golden Jubilee "CU50-The People" Video Series – Emily Chan, Humanitarian Relief
2013 Nuffield Department of Medicine of Oxford University International Podcast Series  CCOUC