Shenglan Tang named Executive Director of the Global Health Program

Shenglan Tang has been appointed executive director of the Global Health Program and professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan China, Haiyan Gao, vice chancellor for academic affairs, announced recently.

Tang will direct the education, research and administrative components of the Global Health Program, including overseeing the growth and expansion of the student body enrolled in the Master of Science program in Global Health and further development of the research activities of the Global Health Research Center.

Dr. Tang is a tenured professor of medicine in the School of Medicine at Duke University, and also a professor of global health at Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), as well as DGHI associate director for Duke Kunshan and China Initiatives. He has been director of Global Health Research Center at Duke Kunshan since 2013.

In his capacity at Duke Kunshan, he was elected as the President of Chinese Consortium of Universities for Global Health in November 2015. Currently he also holds position as the director of Research Hub for Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies/WHO, which has research projects in Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam and other Asian countries.

“Tang has excellent credentials to serve in both education and research capacities at Duke Kunshan,” Gao said. “He is ideally suited to the work of leading the Global Health Program to fulfill its commitment to improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.”

Dr. Tang has more than 30 years of experience undertaking research on health systems reform, disease control and maternal and child health in China and other countries, and has provided consultancy services on improving health systems to many international organizations and governments of developing countries.

He has also published over 70 academic articles on health systems, disease control and maternal and child health care in leading academic journals over the past three decades.

In 2012, Dr. Tang came to Duke from the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, based in Geneva, where he was unit leader for TB/HIV and Health Systems.

Before his assignment at WHO, Dr. Tang was a faculty member at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in UK, and School of Public Health of Fudan University (former Shanghai Medical University).

Dr. Tang received a bachelor’s degree in medicine and master’s degree in epidemiology from Shanghai Medical University. He also earned a master degree of public health at University of Washington and a Ph.D. degree in health economics at Sussex University in the United Kingdom.