Master and Ph.D. Degree Program in the

     Institute of Public Health (IPH)

    School of Medicine

  National Yang-Ming University

Chairman of the IPH

Professor Yi-Ming A. Chen


Tel: 28267193, 28267000, ext. 5333

Fax: 28270576; 28210514


Building of Medicine, 155 Li-Noun Street, Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan 112



In order to provide advanced training for the long-felt need of health promotion and health education professionals in the schools and community, a master programme was launched in the Institute of Public Health (IPH) of the National Yang-Ming University in 1985. Ten years later, a Ph.D. programme was approved by the Ministry of Education and started in 1996.



The Master Degree programme (MS) is designed for those in health and social services sectors, i.e. allied health professionals, doctors, dentists, nurses, medical technologists, public health administrators, education, social/community workers and others involved in public health and preventive medicine. In this 2 year-program, students can choose one of the following three fields-epidemiology, biostatistics or preventive medicine to do their thesis.

It is aimed that the graduates of the master programme will be able to:

1.      1. Use advanced epidemiological study design to assess important public health issues

2.    2.Use advanced statistical methodology to analyze the data

3.    3.Use advanced molecular biology methods to study 

          epidemiology (molecular epidemiology)

4.    4.Plan, implement and evaluate health education and promotion


5.    5.Develop new tests for preventive medicine (only for students majored in preventive medicine)

    The Ph.D. programme is designed for those who are interested in pursuing advanced study in the following seven fields: 1. health welfare policy and management; 2. Epidemiology; 3. Preventive medicine; 4. Environmental and occupational health; 5. Environmental and occupational medicine; 6. health informatics and management; and 7. Biostatistics.


    The ultimate goals of the Ph.D. programme is to train competent public health researchers and educators to face the challenges in promoting health, either in the individual, institutional or national level.


Programme Structures and Contents

The MS programme is a 1-4 years (for full time students) or 2-6 years (for part time students) programme. Most students graduate in two years. Students are required to take epidemiology and biostatistics courses. In addition, each student has to do a project leading to a dissertation.

    The Ph.D. programme is a 2-7 years programme. Students are expected to pass qualification tests by the end of their third year study and become a Ph.D. candidate.

    The requirements for each field of the programme vary, however, most students will have at least one SCI (Science Citation Index) or SSCI (Social Science Citation Index) paper before they graduate.



Launched in

No. of students*

Credits should be taken**

No. of graduates







PH.D. programme





                    *: by 2002 spring

                            ** not include the dissertation


Faculties and Teaching Staff

The IPH is supported by a strong network of highly qualified and experienced professionals in medicine, public health, social science and hospital administration and managements within the University and other institutions. In addition, there are two research centers-Community Medicine Research Center and AIDS Prevention and Research Center affiliated to the IPH. At present, the faculty (full time and adjunct) of IPH includes three professors, 5 associate professors and 1 assistant professor. In addition, there are 4 professors, 9 associate professors and 1 assistant professor were appointed as our part-time faculties (Table1).


Admission requirement

The MS programme applicants must hold a Bachelor degree (or document proving that he or she has education level equivalent to the Bachelor degree). The Ph.D. programme applicants must hold a MS degree or MD degree (with at least 2 year resident training).




Full Time & Adjunct





Professor & Chairman

Yi-Ming Chen

MD, MS, DSc. Harvard University

Preventive MedicineMolecular EpidemiologyGenetic Epidemiology


Pesus Chou

Tulane University, Public Health. PhD

EpidemiologyCommunity Health


Chen-Huan Chen

The Johns Hopkins University

Clinical Research fellow

Division of Cardiology

Department of Medicine


Associate professor

Chin-Tien Wang

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Oregon Health Sciences Univ. U.S.A. Ph.D.

AIDS Virology

Associate professor

Chong-Yau Fu

University of south Carolina. Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Ph.D


Associate professor

Fen-Hwa Wong

National Yang-Ming University. Institute of Microbiology and Immunology. Ph.D.

Tumor ImmunologyVirology

Associate professor

Lin-Yang Chi

Cambridge PhD

Elderly Epidemiology

Life Quality

Associate professor

Shen-Jang Fann

Divison of Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A. Ph.D

Genetic Epidemiology

Associate professor

Cheng-Hua Lee

The Johns Hopkins University. School of Public Health (Major in Health Finance and Management)Ph.D

Health Economics

Assistant professor

Ming-Wei Lin

University of London, UK.

Department of Psychological Medicine. PhD

Linkage AnalysisGenetic data analysis








I-Fang Mao

National Taiwan University


Environmental Health


Mei-Lien Chen

National Taiwan University


Environmental Health


Chung-Fu Lan

The Johns Hopkins University

Public Health PhD

Health PolicyHealth EconomicsHealth InsuranceElderly long-term care


WuShou Chang

MD. MPH, ScD. Harvard University.

Occupational Medicine

Associate professor

Song-Lih Huang

MD. MOH. ScD. Harvard University.

Biology Monitoring

Associate professor

Der-Ming Liou

Electrical and computer Engineering Department Illinois Institute of Technology. Ph.D

Statistics & Computer Networks

Associate professor

Polun Chang

UW-Madison, Ph.D. in Health Systems Program, Industrial Engineering

Health information and decision making

Associate professor

Shiao-Chi Wu

National Taiwan University. Ph.D

Medical Health ServiceBiostatistics

Associate professor

Yue-Chune Lee

University of Texas. Ph.D

Health Service

Associate professor

Yow-Hwey Hu

University of Illinois. Ph.D

Medical Sociology

Associate professor

Weng-Foung Huang

U.Minnesota Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Ph.D

Pharmaceutical Management

Associate professor

Duu-Jian Tsai

U. Michigan. M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Sociology

Associate professor

Chen-Yang Shen

Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ph.D.

Molecular Epidemiology

Assistant professor

Tsen-Yung Wang

University of Toronto. Ph.D

Elderly WelfareSocial Policy