Professor CHUNG Yat-nork Roger

2018-2020 International Health Policy Fellow


Prof. Roger Yat-Nork Chung
Professor CHUNG Yat-nork Roger, PhD, MHS, is a social epidemiologist who uses the lens of biomedical ethics and justice to examine the social determinants of health and health inequalities.  He is currently examining social determinants such as poverty, deprivation, socioeconomic disadvantage, environmental and housing factors, and migrant status.  He is also particularly interested in the health of the vulnerable populations, including migrant workers and rare disease patients.  Additionally, he is conducting research on aging‐related issues, such as multimorbidity and long‐term/end‐of‐life care.  Collectively, the purpose of his research is to inform health services and public policy, domestically and beyond.

Graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts (Public Health Sciences), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master of Health Science, and the University of Hong Kong with a Doctor of Philosophy in social and lifecourse epidemiology, he is currently an Associate Professor of the School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Associate Director of the CUHK Institute of Health Equity.  He is also the inaugural US National Academy of Medicine (NAM) International Health Policy Fellow (2018-22), studying the issues of health equity, social determinants of healthy longevity, and global vaccine policies to counter pandemic threats.  He has had more than 100 peer-reviewed international publications and have been awarded with numerous research grants of over US$10 million as Principal and Co-investigators.
The inaugural scholar Professor CHUNG Yat-nork Roger began his fellowship in 2018. He contributed to the work of the National Academies’ Global Coordination, Partnerships, and Financing: A Global Initiative for Advancing Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Preparedness and Response consensus study, released in November 2021. He gave a presentation on “Global Coordination on Vaccines to Counter Pandemic Threats: Key Messages and Implications for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” at the NAM International Health Policy Fellowship Seminar co-organised by NAM and CUHK on Zoom on 23 February 2022 to share a summary of the report’s recommendations. (please see his presentation slides here) He worked on the fellowship project manuscript contextualising the topic of the influenza study to HKSAR, China. He also worked on the NAM Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity project and served as an organizing committee member of the Workshop on Social, Behavioral, and Environmental Enablers for Healthy Longevity held in Washington DC in November 2019.  He completed his fellowship in 2022.

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