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					               DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
                                               TEL: 886-6-2353535x5561,5562
                                                         FAX: 886-6-2359033
                                           E-MAIL: em75561@email.ncku.edu.tw
                                              CHAIRPERSON: Wang, Shan-Tair

HISTORY
  Our department was established in 1983 when the college of medicine was
formed. It assumed the responsibility of teaching public health and biostatistics in
the college of medicine. The students in the departments of medicine, nursing,
medical technology, physical therapy and occupational therapy were required to
take these courses. The Ministry of Education approved a new master program in
public health in 2000. Four major research areas, health policy and international
health, community health, epidemiology, and biostatistics were included. In 2002,
we had divided the four research areas into two sub-majors: A (health policy and
community health) and B (epidemiology and biostatistics). So far students from
various backgrounds including medicine, public health, nursing and etc. have
entered our master program. At present, 15 students are admitted each year.


STAFF AND PERSONNEL
  We have 2 full professors, 3 associate professors, and 2 assistant professors.
Three faculty members are to be filled in the near future. Two administrative staffs
assume administrative work.


FACULTY

Professor:
  Chen, Meei-shia        (PH.D., 1981, University of Illinois)
                         Medical Sociology, International Health, Health Policy,
                         Political Economic
  Wang, Shan-Tair        (Ph.D., 1991, The Ohio Stste University)



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                         Biostatistics
Associate Professors:
  Hu, Shu-Chen        (Ph.D.,1995, The Ohio Stste University)
                      Health Behavior, Health Promotion
  Lee, Hwei-Ling      (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University)
                      Biostatistics
  Lu, Tsung-Hsueh     (M.B. The Chung Shan Medical College)
                      (Ph.D. The National Taiwan University)
                      Health and Vital Statistics, Public Health, Epidemiology,
                      Health Sociology

Assistant Professor:
  Hsieh, Yu-Hsiang       (Ph.D. 1998, The Johns Hopkins University)
                         Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  Hsu, Kan-Lin           (Ph.D. 2002, The Lancaster University)
                         Sociology, Medical Sociology, Health Policy

CURRICULUM:
   The graduate courses are structured into 2 layers, including in the first layer,
introduction to public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, qualitative research
methods, and international health and a variety of other more advanced topics in
the second layer. Students are required to complete a minimum of 32 credit hours
before applying for graduation.

RESEARCH
   Our focus is in four areas: health policy, international health, community health,
and public health methodology. National Health Insurance Plan and international
health care systems are the main research topics in health policy and international
health. Community health and public health methodology programs will be
oriented to solve emerging community health-related problems.

Faculty Research Interests:
  Wang, Shan-Tair


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(1) Statistical methodology: Analyses of sample survey and ordinal data are two
    main areas of interest. Among them, clusters sampling methodology and
    correlated ordinal data analysis are two main focuses.
(2) Adolescent pregnancy: Social and psychological aspects of adolescent
    pregnancy are the main areas of interest. Family support, educational
    expectancy, and psychological assessment are the current research efforts.

Chen, Meei-shia
(1) The Political Economy of Health and Health Care: For example, I have
    been studying the political economy of workers ’ health and
    environmental pollution and of the health care reform in Taiwan, Eastern
    Europe, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
(2) Comparative and Sociological-historical Studies in Health Policy and
    Health Care: Projects related to this area include the comparative analysis
    of the state policy toward traditional Chinese medicine in China and Taiwan;
    the comparative study of the impact of globalization on health and health
    care; and cross-national comparison of health care systems.
(3) Health Inequality: This research is at the initial stage: Using the data
    collected along with the World Health Organization when I was at the
    University of Chicago, I have been studying and comparing the health
    inequality across several countries.

Hu, Shu-Chen
(1) Smoking : Smoking is still the most prevalent behavior affecting health
    adversely in Taiwan. All topics related to smoking behaviors will be my
    interests, such as adolescent smoking behaviors, smoking programs in the
    workplace, smoking policies, and smoking cessation research, etc.
(2) Community Health Building: Community health building is one of the most
    important policies of the Dept. of Health, Executive Yuan. I am now
    responsible for a three-year project of building a healthy community in
    Anan District, Tainan. The focuses of the projects include smoking, betel
    nut chewing, exercise, eating behaviors, drug using behaviors, personal
    health behaviors, preventive health services, and cancer screening.


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  (3) Violence: Violence will be an important public health issue in the 21
      centuries. Currently, my studies focus on prevalence and risk factors of
      school violence and childhood sexual abuse. I will also focus on domestic
      violence in the near future.

  Hsieh, Yu-Hsiang
  (1) Infectious disease epidemiology
  (2) Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
  (3) Community/School-based epidemiology studies
  (4) Risk factor investigation
  (5) HIV Infection and sexually transmitted diseases

  Lu, Tsung-Hsueh
  (1) Cause of death statistics
  (2) Epidemiology of accident
  (3) Healthcare Delivery System
  (4) Social Epidemiology

 Hsu, Kan-Lin
 (1) Methods in social sciences
 (2) Methodology of social research
 (3) Qualitative methods
 (4) Transformative health and medical studies

TEACHING
  Our goal is to teach students how to think critically and work independently. In
addition to basic knowledge training, students are encouraged to actively
participate in class discussion and research seminars. Literature search,
organization, and report writing skills will be particularly emphasized in small
group teaching.

  Wang, Shan-Tair
  (1) Introductory biostatistics


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(2) Advanced biostatistics
(3) Clinical trials
(4) Statistical computing

Chen, Meei-Shia
(1) Advanced Studies in Public Health (II): The political economy of health and
   health care
(2) The Craft of Research and Qualitative Research Methodology
(3) The Sociology of health and medical care
(4) Issues in international health
(5) Comparative health care systems


Hu, Shu-Chen
(1) Introduction to Public Health (I)
(2) Advanced Studies in Public Health (I): History and Practice
(2) Behavioral Epidemiology
(3) Health promotion: Theory and Practice
(4) Community Health Building


Hsieh, Yu-Hsiang
(1) Introduction to Public Health (II)
(2) Introductory Epidemiology
(3) Case Study in Epidemiologic Research
(4) Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
(5) Epidemiology of HIV Infection and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
(6) Epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging infectious Diseases
(7) Case Control Studies
(8) Topics in Epidemiologic Research Method


Lu, Tsung-Hsueh
(1) Healthcare Delivery System
(2) Epidemiology and Health Policy


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  (3) Topics in Epidemiologic Research Method
  (4) Introduction to Public Health (II)
  (5) Advanced Studies in Public Health (I): History and Practice
  (6) Social Epidemiology
  Hsu, Kan-Lin
  (1) Social Theory and Health Studies
  (2) Advanced Studies in Public Health (II): The political economy of health
      and health care
  (3) The Craft of Research and Qualitative Research Methodology
  (4) The Sociology of health and medical care
  (5) Sociology

FACILITIES
   We are physically located on the 10th floor of the Basic Medical Sciences
Building. The occupied space is 663 square meters, 20 sq. m. per student, and 75
sq. m. per faculty. A 2-story building with a space of 2000 sq. m in another
campus is available for the research and teaching activities of the graduate
program. We have a computer laboratory, and a well-staffed high quality college
library. Access to internet resources is convenient.

FUTURE PLAN
   Our graduate program and research will be focused on health policy,
community health, epidemiology and biostatistics. In the area of health policy,
our major efforts will be the research into health policies related to the National
Health Insurance.      We have developed several community health-related
research and service projects and will further expand these projects, aiming to
address the community health problems unique to southern Taiwan. For the
component of public health methodology, we emphasize both quantitative and
qualitative research methods. Our endeavor is to develop a strong center of
methodology that will not only serve the faculty at the college but also contribute
to the advancement of research methodology in the field of public health in
Taiwan. Adolescent health is one of the main thrusts in our ongoing research.



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