The goal of the Symposium is to provide a platform for undergraduate and graduate students from across the country to explore general public health issues in Asia. We seek to foster a comfortable, constructive environment in which students present their research, expose themselves to the research of others, and receive feedback from professionals and peers.
The rapid growth within the Asian region has been highly beneficial in a multitude of ways, but new challenges frequently follow new advancements. As Asia modernizes and urbanizes, it is forced to combat unprecedented health threats. This symposium seeks to bring forth a holistic view of Asia’s public health status through a representation of many different nations.
This year, I am serving as the Chair for the Public Health in Asia Symposium. After living in China during middle school, I discovered my interest in Chinese language and culture. At JHU, I began studying Public Health, and am now interested in the way that Asian culture influences the health of Asian populations. My personal research has included participating in a Tuberculosis prevalence study in Southern China, and conducting independent research on the public health impacts of square dance participation among older women in Nanjing, China.
I am very interested in the biology and epidemiology of the aging population. I want to continue my education in public health and dream to work as an educator in East Asian countries. This symposium gave me an opportunity to think about what I really want to do in future. This symposium is also a great opportunity for students to broaden knowledge and communicate with professionals and other students. I am excited to be part of this symposium and I look forward to hearing from you.
My role, along with three other members of our committee, is to recruit keynote speakers and students to present at our Symposium. I am a firm believer that original research conducted by both undergraduates, graduates, and experts raises awareness about the public health issues facing Asia today. Conducting and then sharing research is also a particularly enriching experience for our student presenters. This is my second year on the committee, and last year’s Symposium was an amazing learning experience. I hope we can make this year’s even better!
My role on the Symposium is to create content and media that serve to spread awareness of our event and, more generally, of public health issues in Asia. I am the webmaster and am responsible for communications between PHSA and the community on campus and across the globe. As a junior Biomedical Engineer, I have always had a passion for connecting and improving the world through technology and PHSA allows me to pursue this. I also have the privilege of working with other dedicated individuals to help translate research into meaningful policies and actions.
Growing up in China, I spent my past eighteen years in East Asia Area. I have strong interest in Chinese and Japanese cultures, including their language, literature, and art. Additionally, as I aspire to become a physician one day, I have paid close attention to many public health issues in China, including a research about physician-patient relationship during high school. Expecting to promote the global awareness of issues in East Asia Area, I am excited to join the EAS PHSA committee, to learn and to contribute.
My love for traveling influenced my interest in global health and my dream is to work in epidemiology. The Symposium gives me an opportunity to delve into my interest of global health by learning about public health issues in countries that differ from the western cultures I study in my language classes. I look forward to working on the symposium committee and interacting with other individuals who share a similar interest for public health in Asia.
I am Korean but was born in Hong Kong and lived in both Hong Kong and Korea. As I have minimal exposure to fields outside the humanities subject, I want to have more well rounded educational experience by pursuing EAS PHSA and learn more about public health issues in East Asia. I’m also excited to interact with the scholars in and outside of JHU community and explore more about East Asian cultures.
Dr. Frank Hu is a professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. His research focuses on the different social and genetic determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. His findings have contributed to current public health recommendations and policies for prevention of chronic diseases.
Dr. Turbat worked for 19 years at the World Bank, taking on various roles including health economist and the country manager for Niger. During his time there, he was involved with developing health sector learning programs for issues such as health financing, health sector reform, pharmaceuticals, and HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Peters is a professor and chair of the International Health Department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has previously served as a Senior Public Health Specialist for the World Bank and is currently working on a project to strengthen the public health systems in Liberia following the wake of the ebola epidemic.
Dr. John Groopman is the Anna M. Baetjer Professor of Environmental Health at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in the School of Medicine. He is committed to interdisciplinary and translational research in oncology and public health.
Dr. Elanah Uretsky is an assistant professor of global health, anthropology, and international affairs at George Washington University. By conducting ethnographic research, she investigates at how masculinity, male sexuality and informal modes of governance in post-Mao China affect the development and administration of China’s HIV epidemic.
Dr. Youfa Wang is a professor of epidemiology, environmental health, and pediatrics at University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Collaborating with institutions from around the world, he directs the Global Childhood Obesity Intervention Program. Before joining UB, he served as the founding director of the JHU Global Center on Childhood Obesity.
Dr. Norman Epstein is the director of the the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. His work abroad focuses on developing family therapy training in China and he has presented 120 research papers and 88 training workshops on couple and family therapy at national and international professional meetings.
Dr. Paul Kadetz is the Chair of the Department of Public Health, Director of the Master in Public Health program, and Associate Professor at the Marshall University. He is also a senior research fellow at the University of Liverpool in Suzhou, China and has co-edited a volume of the Handbook of Welfare in China published by Edward Elgar Press.
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