Research in the School of Public Health has been organized to fall mainly under two broad interdisciplinary clusters.
Influenza and Other Infections of Public Health Significance
Influenza viruses pose constant threats to global public and animal health. Its control requires a multidisciplinary "One Health" approach. Hong Kong, a densely populated city situated at an epicenter pandemic influenza emergence provides an ideal location to study influenza ecology, transmission, and public health interventions. The research cluster has four areas of research focus: (1) understanding the ecology and the origin of pandemic and zoonotic influenza viruses; (2) understanding the mode of influenza transmission in between humans and from animals to humans; (3) understanding influenza pathogenesis; and (4) identifying efficient public health interventions for the control of influenza in human and animals. These same research strategies are applied to other emerging viral pathogens, for example MERS coronavirus.
Non-Communicable Diseases in Global Health
The main goal of research within this cluster is to gain a better understanding of non-communicable chronic diseases by taking advantage of unique aspects of our economically developed non-Western setting. Our focus is public health research where we can leverage our extensive cohort studies using a theoretical perspective and cutting edge methods to explicate etiology and evaluate contextually specific prevention strategies. We also provide a sentinel for the majority of the global population, who are currently experiencing rapid economic development and globalization, which has already occurred in Hong Kong.