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March 29, 2012

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Cheng Huang


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Cheng Huang
Assistant Research Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University

Natural Experiments in Health Research: What We could Learn from the Chinese 1959-61 Famine and Recent Mega Events in China?

April 10, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Natural experiment is an underused tool in health research. Drawing upon examples of his own research, Dr. Huang presents how to use famine as a natural experiment to study malnutrition in critical periods of life and adult health and human development, as well as how to use mega-events such as the Beijing Olympic Games 2008, during which period air quality was rapidly improved due to radical means such as traffic restriction, to study environment and population health.

Dr. Cheng Huang is a demographer and population economist with a PhD in demography from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include migration policy and health inequalities in the US, global population ageing, health consequences of hunger/malnutrition, environment and health, and methodology. His research has been published in journals including Demography, Population Studies, Social Science & Medicine, and Journal of Nutrition. Dr. Huang recently obtained several NIH grants for his research on climate change and population health in the US, as well as long-term health consequences of the Chinese 1959-61 famine. Dr. Huang serves as faculty in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University where he teaches Population Dynamics and Global Tobacco Control.

Posted by zzhu at March 29, 2012 02:29 PM