Lecture – Natural Experiments in Health Research

The Center for Chinese Studies has announced a lecture by  Cheng Huang of the 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”.

Natural experiment is an underused tool in health research.  Drawing upon examples of his own research, Dr. Huang describes 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 mega-events, such as the Beijing Olympic Games 2008, when air quality was rapidly improved by radical means, such as traffic restriction, to study environment and population health. 

Dr. 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 DemographyPopulation StudiesSocial 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.

  • Time:  noon-1:00pm
  • Date:  10 April
  • Location:  1636 School of Social Work Building
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