Faculty

The global health faculty at Duke Kunshan University are recognized leaders in their respective fields. 

Coming from many countries and drawing on strong ties with foreign institutions, Duke Kunshan University faculty represent a broad range of disciplines, such as public health, economics, medicine, and environmental studies.  They are dedicated to teaching and mentoring students to help them find their path in global health and hold high expectations for educational excellence.

The Duke Kunshan MSc-GH faculty offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and highly interactive learning experience for students, incorporating innovative teaching techniques that challenge students to think beyond the textbook and to engage with the world.

Abu Abdullah, MD., MPH., PhD.
Research Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Abu Abdullah, MD, PhD is Research Professor of Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University and Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University. Professor Abdullah's current teaching and research is focused in the prevention and control of chronic diseases in low and middle income countries through programs that address major risk factors such as tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity. He also conducts research on HIV/AIDS epidemiology and Global Health. Professor Abdullah has considerable experience (as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator) in several epidemiological, behavioral and health services research projects in Asia and has worked in different areas including chronic disease prevention, infectious disease, travel medicine and health services and policy research in developing countries. Professor Abdullah has written few book chapters and has about 90 peer-reviewed publications covering several emerging aspects of public health. For more information

Alba Amaya-Burns, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University
Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University

Alba Amaya-Burns, MD is Associate Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University.  Amaya-Burns’ primary research interests include global health disparities, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDs, neglected tropical diseases, and maternal health. Her most recent work focuses on multidisciplinary interventions to reduce the burden of infectious diseases and maternal health in the poorest populations in Central America. She has worked in USAID, in charge of infectious diseases programs in El Salvador. She has provided consultancy services to PAHO/WHO on tuberculosis, and as member of the Technical Advisory Group for the control of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Americas. For more information

Allan Burns, PhD
Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Duke Kunshan University
Adjunct Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
Allan Burns, Visiting Professor, is an applied anthropologist who has carried out research on in Mayan communities of Central America, among American Indian tribes, and with Pacific Islanders.  He has collaborated with medical researchers on health disparity research among glaucoma patients, stroke patients, and smoking initiation, and immigrant maternal and child health.  He has served on technical committees of the Pan American Health Organization on indigenous people and infectious diseases, as a consultant to several Latin American Universities on the implementation of intercultural education.  He has led international trips and research projects for students of anthropology, medicine, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy.  He is past president of the Society for Applied Anthropology and has received the Sol Tax Career Award of that society, four teacher of the year awards,  and five awards for mentoring minority Ph.D. students.  At Duke Kunshan, Professor Burns teaches anthropology in the Global Learning Program and medical anthropology in the Masters of Global Health program. For more information

Keith Dear

Keith Dear, MA, MSc, PhD
Research Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University
Director, Duke Kunshan University MSc-Global Health

Keith Dear, PhD is Research Professor of Global Health and Environmental Health at Duke University, and Director of the Master of Science of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University.  Dear's disciplinary background is in biostatistics as applied to clinical trials, environmental epidemiology, and health impact assessment and projection. His current research focuses on global environmental health, especially air quality and vector-borne disease in relation to climate change. He is an associate editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a contributing author in Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For more information

Gregory C. Gray

Gregory C. Gray MD, MPH, FIDSA
Professor, Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Duke University
Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Greg Gray is a Professor at Duke University with affiliations in the Division of Infectious Diseases in Duke University’s School of Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute, and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment. His medical boards are in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Gray has conducted diverse epidemiological studies of infectious diseases for 25 years and has more than 270 peer-reviewed scientific reports or book chapters. Currently, he is running multiple “One Health” research projects or training programs in China, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mongolia, Vietnam, and the USA. For more information

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Chee Ruey Hsieh, MA, PhD
Research Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University and Duke Kunshan University
Chee-Ruey Hsieh, PhD is Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute. An expert in health economics and applied microeconomics, his research focuses on: health care financing; pharmaceutical policy and access to medicines; the effectiveness of disease prevention strategies and policies; and health care and health outcome evaluation.  Most of his research takes place in China, India, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia. For more information

Jeff Moe

Jeffrey Moe, PhD
Professor of the Practice of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke Kunshan University
Jeffrey Moe, PhD is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. His research interests include new research and development incentives for neglected tropical and infectious disease research; identification, scaling and replication of global health care delivery innovation and health care financing and payment reforms in the US health care market.  Prior to joining Duke University, Moe was an executive at GlaxoSmithKline. For more information

Bill Pan

William Pan, MPH, MS, DrPH
Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Health, Nicholas School of the Environment and Assistant Research Professor, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
Assistant Professor, Duke Kunshan University
William Pan, PhD is Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Health at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University.  His research interest focuses on population, health, and environmental interactions in developing countries, with particular interest in translational research directed toward sustainable development activities and global environmental health. He has worked in countries throughout Latin America and Africa on topics ranging from land use change, reproductive health, migration, tuberculosis, HIV, enteric infections, and childhood nutrition. For more information 

Shenglan Tang

Shenglan Tang, MD, MSc, MPH, PhD
Professor, Medicine and Global Health, Duke University
Professor, Duke Kunshan University
Shenglan Tang, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University, Associate Director of DGHI for China Initiatives, and Director of the Global Health Research Center at Duke Kunshan University.  His research focuses on health systems reform, disease control and maternal and child health in China and other countries.  Tang regularly provides consultancy services on health systems strengthening to many international organizations and governments of developing countries. For more information | View Publications 

Lijing Yan, PhD, MPH
Associate Research Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Univeristy, and Duke Kunshan University
Yan's main areas of research are chronic disease prevention and control (cardiovascular disease and diabetes in particular), economic evaluations in health care, and integrated health management. She is the Principal Investigator or Co- Investigator on a number of NHLBI-funded and China-funded research grants. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers some of which in leading medical journals such as JAMA (3 first-authored papers and 2 co-authored papers), Circulation, and Archives of Internal Medicine. For more information

Jim Zhang

Jim Zhang, MS, PhD
Professor of Global and Environmental Health, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Research Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University
Professor, Duke Kunshan University

JIm Zhang, PhD is Professor of Global Environmental Health at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University.  His research interests include developing novel biomarkers of human exposure and health effects, assessing public health and climate co-benefits of air pollution interventions, and examining biological mechanisms by which environmental exposures exert adverse health effects. He has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications. His work has been featured in major international media such as the Time, the New York Times, BBC, ABC, CBS, Yahoo News, etc. For more information

Global Health Research Center

The Global Health Research Center is a partnership between Duke Kunshan University, the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University and its global partners to conduct cutting-edge research that addresses the future health of populations in China and the region. It serves as a hub for Duke’s global health research program in China.