A brief introduction of West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University
West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University is one of the most famous academic institutes in the field of Public Heath in China, and its history can be dated back to 1914 when the course group of Public Health was set up in “West China Union University”, and in 1936 the course group was developed into “Public Health Department”. In 1951, it was renamed as “Public Health Department” of “National West China University”; and in 1986, “School of Public Health” of “West China University of Medicine Science” was established. In 2000, the original West China University of Medical Science was combined with Sichuan University, and this school was renamed as “West China School of Public Health” of “Sichuan University”.
After about 100 years’ development, the school now comprises the academic school (including 6 departments), the West China Training Center for Health Administrators of Sichuan University, and the No. 4 West China Hospital (occupational disease prevention and treatment special hospital).
The six department include: Epidemiology and Health Statistic; Environmental Health and Occupational Health, Nutrition and Food Hygiene; Health Inspection and Quarantine; Health and Social Behavior; Health Policy and Management.
The West China Training Center for Health Administrators of Sichuan University was set up in 1982, and has taken on various training work for all levels of health administrators. This center is one of the members of “Health Economy Research and Training Network” which was established by Ministry of Health of China, Ministry of Finance of China, and the World Bank.
West China Fourth Hospital,Sichuan University was established in 1974. It is a specialized hospital in preventing and treating occupational diseases, and geriatric diseases, especially for osteoporosis and palliative medicine. It is a center for occupational disease prevention, and a training base for occupation health and disease physicians.
Research Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine
In 2002, Research Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine was established based on the laboratories and facilities in various teaching departments including Department of Health Inspection, Department of Medical Laboratory, Department of Occupational Health, Department of Environmental Health, Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Department of Toxicology, and Department of Health Statistics.
In 2008, Research Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine was granted with the title of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Provincial Experiment Teaching Center, and Professor Sun Chengjun was designated as the first director. In 2011, by integrating lab spaces and sharing resources such as instruments and facilities, West China School of Public Health built a new public experimental platform for both teaching and researches.
Now, Research Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine is a comprehensive department that serves undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as innovative researches. At the same time, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Laboratory Training Center is the entity of provincial-level experimental teaching demonstration center, Food Safety Monitoring and Risk Assessment Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, and Molecular Toxicology Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province.
Research Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine has more than 60 laboratories with an experimental space around 4000 m2. Starting from 2011, Sichuan University and West China School of Public Health invested about 40 million yuan in reconstruction and equipping laboratories. The renovated safe, spacious, clean and bright laboratories provide a good experimental environment for both the students and researchers. The new Research Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine now consists of a computer teaching and research simulation laboratory, 8 “basic skills training rooms” and 3 comprehensive and innovative experimental platforms, including Microbiology and Health Platform, Physical Chemical Factors and Health Platform, as well as Molecular Cell and Health Platform.
West China School of Public Health has strong experimental teaching staffs, consisting of full-time staffs in Research Center for Public Health and Preventive Medicine and teachers with many years of teaching and experimental experience. In our teaching team, there are 17 professors, 27 associate professors and 12 lecturers, while 44 have doctor’s degree and 12 have master’s degree.
Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Sichuan University, Vice Dean of the West China School of Public Health, and Deputy President of West China Forth University Hospital. He holds a PhD in Economics, and received post-doctoral training in Epidemiology and Health Statistics. His research focuses on the study of health system evaluation and the spatial allocation of health care resources. His works have been funded, among others, by the National Natural Science foundation (China), the National Health and Family Planning Commission (China), and the China Medical Board (US). He is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles. The journals include Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, China Economic Review, Social Indicators Research, Health Policy & Planning, Geospatial Health, and Journal of Asian Public Policy. His most recent book is Government Intervention and Market Mechanism: Empirical Studies on Health Care System Reform in China (2014).
Ph.D. supervisor, and the deputy director and academic committee member of the Provincial Key Laboratory of Food Safety Monitoring and Risk Assessment of Sichuan, the academic and technical leader of Sichuan province and the Sichuan Health Commission, the member of standing committee of the Health Inspection Committee, the Chinese Association of Preventive Medicine. Member of the Sichuan Preventive Medicine Association, deputy director of the Health Inspection Branch of the Sichuan Preventive Medicine Association. He is also the editor of four national professional journals.
He has undertaken more than ten scientific research projects including the sub-projects of the “Eleventh Five-Year Plan” and “Twelfth Five-Year Plan” of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and several national natural science funds and doctoral fund projects. He has published 200 research papers, including nearly 80 SCI papers, and obtained 1 national patent. He developed 2 national food standard inspection methods. As the chief editor and deputy editor,he has edited 5 textbooks and teaching reference books, and participated in writing of 13 textbooks. As postgraduate student advisor and PhD supervisor, he has trained 50 graduate students and more than 10 doctoral students. He won the third prize of Teaching Achievement Award of Sichuan Province and the first prize of Teaching Achievement Award of Sichuan University.
Mar 1978-Jan 1982, West China University of Medical Sciences (formerly Sichuan Medical College) undergraduate, obtained a bachelor's degree in medicine;
Sept 1983-Jun 1987, Master of Health Chemistry, West China University of Medical Sciences, received a master's degree in medicine;
Oct 1991-Sept 1992, Visiting scholar of the National Institute of Public Health, Japan;
1982 - 1988, assistant professor of West China University of Medical Sciences;
1988 - 1993, lecturer at West China University of Medical Sciences;
1993 - 2000, associate professor at West China University of Medical Sciences;
2000, Special Research Fellow, the National Institute of Public Health, Japan.
2000 - Present, Professor of Sichuan University
[The main research interests]
Development of chemical analysis methods for health related substances in food,water, air and other environment; the analysis technique for adulterants in health foods; the application of new materials in sample pretreatment; the fast analytical technique for microorganism identification.
Professor of Public Health Laboratory Science
I got the PHD degree majoring in Public Health Laboratory Science at Sichuan University on 2006, and have ever been in Perelman Medical School, University of Pennsylvania the Hao Shen’s lab to study techniques for one and a half years. I have worked in School of Public Health, Sichuan University since 2001. I taught several lessons including “Analysis technique of molecular biology”, “Experimental bacteriology”, “Experimental immunology” et al. I accept 2~3 graduate students annually all over the world.
Our research focuses on live bacteria based vaccine development, tuberculosis control and new bacterial identification technique development. Vaccines are the most powerful tool for preventing infective disease. Our team is interested in utilizing live bacteria especially Listeria as antigen delivery veichle to develop vaccines against bacteria or virus infection or even target tumors. This research obtained the funding support from National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and also the Science & Technology Department of Sichuan Province. Besides, our team did researches about tuberculosis, to screen the antigen molecular makers of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), which are valuable for promoting the development of more accurate diagnosis kit for discriminate LTBI. This work got the financial support from the Science & Technology Department of Sichuan Province.
Department：Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research focused：Epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable disease ,
March 1996 PhD in Japan, Tokai University
June 1983 BSc (Hons) in Chongqing Medical University
June 2006 – Present Professor, Department of Epidemiology, West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University,
July 2000-June 2006 Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University
July 1997-June 2000 Instructor, Department of Epidemiology, West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University,.
April 1996-June 1997 Teaching Assistant, Department of Epidemiology, School of medicine, Tokai university
1. the National Scientific and Technological Major Project of China during the Eleventh Five-year Plan Period. 2007.01.01 –2012.12.31.
2. Study on comprehensive preventive measures for Kaschin-Beck disease. 2007.01-2012.12
3.the National Scientific and Technological Major Project of China during the Twelfth Five-year Plan Period. 2012.01.012.–2015.12.31.
4.A comparative study of young men's health and modern lifestyle in China and Britain.2012.01-2013.12
5.Study on job burnout and influencing factors among offshore oil industry workers.2014.06-2016.12.
6.Establishment and application of comprehensive prevention and treatment system for diabetes and other chronic diseases in guanghan, sichuan province. 2013-09-2016.12
7.the National Scientific and Technological Major Project of China during the Thirteenth
Five-year Plan Period. 2018.01.0-2020.12.31.
8.A comparative study of young men's health and modern lifestyle in China and Britain.2019.03-2019.12.
1. Short-term immunogenicity of standard and accelerated hepatitis B virus vaccination schedules in healthy adults: a comparative field study in China. Bioscience Reports，2018，38
2. Hepatitis C virus infection in the general population: A large community-based study in Mianyang, West China
now a professor and supervisor of Ph.D in West China School of Public Health in Sichuan University, which is former West China University of Medical Sciences (WCUMS).
Expertise fields: Nutrition and Food Safety, especially in food safety risk assessment, assessment of novel food and function food, and food toxicology.
He has worked in Sichuan University till 1986, specializing in nutrition, food safety and toxicology. He had pursued further research of genetic toxicology in National Institute of Health in Japan as a visiting scholar from 1994 to 1996. He was the vice dean of West China School of Public Health for a decade. He has been in charge of over thirty scientific projects at national and ministerial level and won eight science/technology awards. He has published more than 300 academic papers, developed 10 national standards, editing/writing over 20 teaching material and monographs.
Main academic positions and titles in the field of nutrition and food safety
Committee member of National Expert Committee of Risk Assessment for Food Safety (2009~);
Expert member of National Expert Committee of Safety and Risk Evaluation for Agricultural Products (2007~);
Committee member of Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA) and vice-chairman of Food Safety Subcommittee in CPMA (2008~);
Committee member of Chinese Society of Toxicology (CST) (2005~) and vice-chairman of Food Toxicology Subcommittee in CST (2002~).
Committee member of Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS) and President of Sichuan Nutrition Society (2004~);
Chair, Department of Health and Social Behaviour,
Director, Institute of Global Health,
West China School of Public Health,
March 2006 PhD in International Health, The University of Tokyo
March 2003 MSc in International Health, The University of Tokyo
June 1996 MSc in Health Management, Shandong University
May 2011 – Present Professor in Department of Health and Social Behaviour, West China
School of Public
May 2006 – April 2011 Associate professor in Department of Health and Social Behaviour,
West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University
July1996 – Feb 2001 Lecturer of Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University
Past & Current Research Project [only PI or Co-PI]
Jan1996 – Jan1998: Studies on a rapid questionnaire approach to identify the high-risk schools of schistosomiasis japonica in P. R. of China, UNDP/ World Bank/WHO Special Program for TDR (ID: 950182), PI, $50,000.
Jan 2001– Jan 2003: Impacts of parasite infection and dietary intake on school-age children in the schistosomiasis endemic Dongting Lake region, China. Asian Development Bank funding, , PI, $100,000.
Jan 2005– Jan 2006: Longitudinal study of growth pattern and related ecology factors in rural schoolchildren in the Dongting Lake region, China. Japan-China Medical Association Funding, PI, 200,000 Japanese Yen.
Jan 2007– Jan 2009: Study on reproductive health related behaviors in the rural-to-urban mobile women based on social network, Outstanding Youth Funding in Sichuan University (No.07022), PI, 20,000 RMB.
Jan 2007– Jan 2013: Capacity building to response HIV/AIDS in China, Canadian International Development Agency, , Chinese coordinator, 560,000 RMB.
Dec 2008– Dec 2009: Improving risk behaviors related with HIV/AIDS in injection drug users using social mobilization strategy. National HIV/AIDS Office Funding (08-II-10), PI, 780,000 RMB.
Jan 2009– Dec 2010: Toward a Healthy and Lively Existence for Left-behind Children in Rural Chinese Communities, Toyota research foundation (D09-R-650), PI, 250,000RMB.
Jan 2011– Jan 2012: Role of village mobilization on increasing utilization of hospitals for maternal delivery in western minority regions of China, CMB09-991-HPSS, PI, $35,000.
Jan 2011– Dec 2013: Can policy on equalization of basic public health service be implemented effectively in western poor rural areas of China? A case of maternal health care service. CMB Young Faculty Seed Grant in Health Policy and Systems (HPSS), PI, $36,000.
Jan 2013– Dec 2015: Improving access to and uptake of maternal health services in western poor rural areas of China, China Medical Board Open Competition (CMB-12-118), PI, $150,000.
Jan 2013– Dec 2015: Infant nutrition in rural China, Swiss Bank UBS foundation (UBS-12-6140), PI, 920,000RMB.
Jan 2014– Dec 2016: Using Standardized Patients to Measure and Improve the Quality of Health Care in Rural China, World Bank, Co-PI, 900,000RMB.
Jan 2015-Dec 2018: Improving profits and safety of pig farmers in China: Foundational Exploratory Studies, the Global Development and Poverty Initiative (GDP) at Stanford University, PI in Chinese site, 380,000RMB
Jan 2017-Dec. 2018, Study on NCC disease burden and transmission route based on social networks for school children in Tibetan rural areas of China, Stanford university research funding
Jan 2019 – Dec. 2022, Study on the diffusion mechanism and strategy optimization of the children‘s nutrition improvement project in poor areas in the western China under health poverty alleviation situation, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 478000RMB
Jan 2019- Dec. 2021, Evaluating the Quality of Primary Care for the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Communicable Diseases in China’s Rural Health System, China Medical Board Open Competition (CMB-18-297), PI, $80,000
Ph.D., Ph.D. supervisor
PhD, West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University， July. 2005
Master, West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University, July 2001
Bachelor, School of Public Health, West China University of Medical Sciences, July 1996
Academic Appointment and Position:
Professor: from July 2012, Department of Health Statistics,
Associate professor: July 2006 –June 2012, Department of Health Statistics
Lecturer: August 2001 – June 2006, Department of Health Statistics
Assistant lecturer: July 1996 – August 2001, Department of Health Statistic
Experience of study abroad:
Research scientist, Yale school of public health, May. 2013-June. 2014
Member of Summer School, WHO/ IARC. Lyon, France, June. 2010-July. 2010
Research scientist, Yale school of public health, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2008
Project: Development of a discrete event dynamic microsimulation decision-analytic Model of chronic disease: an example on secondary prevention of stroke (Project Code：8167327)
Funded by: Natural Sciences Foundation, China, Jan. 2017 – Dec. 2020
Project: The intrinsic estimator for Age-period-cohort Analysis and its application on the Research of Birth Defect (Project Code：z2009-1-61002)
Funded by: Ministry of Education, China, Jan. 2011 – Dec. 2012
Project: Advanced Markov decision model and its demonstration in pharmacoeconomics
Funded by: Natural Sciences Foundation, China, Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2010
Project: Development of a decision-analytic model of stroke care treatment in China
Funded by: Youth fund of Sichuan University, Sichuan University, Jan. 2005 – Dec. 2005
Awards and Prizes:
The Teaching Quality Award in Sichuan University (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
The Young Backbone of Teachers in Sichuan University (2002, 2004, 2006, 2009)
doctoral degree awarding center
West China School of Public Health is a doctoral degree awarding center for public health and preventive medicine, including eight doctorate-accredited directions (Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Child, Adolescent and Women’s Health, Toxicology, Social Medicine and Health Education, Physical and Chemical Inspection and Microbiological Examination). School of Public Health is also a master degree awarding center of 11 master-accredited directions, including Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Child, Adolescent and Women’s Health, Toxicology, Social Medicine and Health Education, Physical and Chemical Inspection and Microbiological Examination, Geriatrics and Palliative medicine, Health Policy and Management, Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Health Administration. In addition, the school offers MPH program as well as postdoctoral fellowships in all disciplines related public health and preventive medicine. Besides, the school has one national key discipline (Nutrition and Food Hygiene), three provincial key discipline (Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, Social Medicine and Health Administration, Palliative medicine)
There are 27 doctoral supervisors, 46 master-degree supervisors, 72 doctoral candidates and 199 Master's degree candidates in the school. Faculty members include three provincial leading talents, 2 provincial exceptional experts, 8 provincial health and family planning commission leading talents, one “1000 Talents” foreign expert, one “1000 Talents” young expert and one “100 Talents” expert.
The school puts a great deal of effort in publishing textbook. The "Health Statistics" has been published in its fourth edition, with the first and third editions awarded the exceptional textbook of health ministry and outstanding improvement. Since 2002, 57 textbooks are edited by the faculty members, including ten national 10th-five year planning textbooks(three chief editors and one associate editor), four national 11th-five year planning textbooks(all chief editors), 20 health ministry planning textbooks (10 chief editors). The school is the origin of Physical and Chemical Inspection and Microbiological Examination, and the discipline is ranked No. 1 nationally.
In the past 20 years, the school completes over 600 projects with almost 80 awards, including 30 national and provincial awards. More than 30 faculty members are national chair or president of academic societies and organizations as well as 40 provincial chairs.
The hosted journal “Modern Prevention Medicine” is included in the bibliographic databases of Key Journals of Chinese Prevention Medicine, Chinese Scientific Source. Also, it is awarded the exceptional journal among the journals of Chinese Prevention Medicine.
The school always puts the quality of teaching in the first place, creating good academic and educational atmosphere. It pays special attention to the cultivation of students’ practical and innovation abilities by carrying out tutorial system among undergraduate students and double-tutor system among postgraduate students, with great results of national college students’ innovation programs in recent years. The school has established over twenty off-campus practice bases to create a variety of social practice opportunities for students to develop all-round capabilities.
Every year, the school admits about 95 master students and 18 doctoral students.
Introduction About Preventive Medicine
Preventive medicine is a branch of medicine that integrates multidisciplinary knowledge and methods in biology, material chemistry, statistics, basic medicine, clinical medicine, sociology, management, and economics. Preventive medicine aims to propose interventions and policies through research on issues related to human health, and ultimately achieves the goal of promoting population health and preventing disease.
Preventive medicine in Sichuan University, which has been the core undergraduate major of West China School of Public Health, was founded in 1952. In 2018, among the same major in different universities, it was ranked 3rd all over the country by University Evaluation in China. What is more, we has rich teacher resources in research and teaching. Among our faculty team, there are 4 professors who are from The Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts and Young overseas high-level talents introduction plan, 18 experts in various fields in Sichuan Province, and 68 professional teachers. Of these professional teachers, there are 17 professors, 26 associate professors, and 73% has got doctoral degree. With about 700 students in the school, the teacher-student ratio is 1:8.3.
West China School of Public Health has set up Department of Epidemiology and Health Statistics, Department of Nutritional Food Hygiene and Toxicology, Department of Environmental Health and Occupational Medicine, Department of Health Policy and Management, Department of Health and Social Behavior, Department of Health Inspection and Quarantine and the Experimental Center of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. These seven departments and experimental center are always providing basic, professional and practical courses for undergraduate students majored in preventive medicine. In the past five years, our academy has undertaken more than 300 state-level scientific research projects, with research funding of nearly 100 million yuan, which has provided students with a large amount of resources for scientific research and social practice.
1. General education courses: College English, Chinese Culture, Modern Chinese History, Situation and Policy, Data Processing and Computer, Sports, etc.
2. Subject foundation courses: including Basic Medicine (University Chemistry, Systematic Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Medical Physiology, Pathology, etc) and Clinical Medicine (Diagnostics, Organ-system Clinical Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, Psychology, Dermatology and Venereology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Oral Prevention Medicine, etc).
3. Professional education courses: including Statistics, Epidemiology, Health Toxicology, Environmental Hygiene, Labor Health and Occupational Medicine, Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Social Medicine, Health Education, Child Hygiene, Health Law, Health Supervision, etc
4. Practical teaching courses: including On-campus laboratory practice course, Clinical practice, Professional internship in more than 30 teaching practice bases nationwide, and Graduation design (thesis) internship.
5. Interdisciplinary professional education: Students are free to choose courses in non-disciplinary majors.
In 2015, we established the “4+2” joint training and bachelor-master degree program with Temple University in the United States. In the spring of 2018, we established an overseas training program with the University of Texas at San Antonio. In the autumn of 2018, we established training programs abroad with Mahidol University of Thailand. Such training programs has provided undergraduate students with more opportunities for overseas study and communication.
Undergraduate education in preventive medicine is a five-year program. After graduation, a bachelor's degree in medicine is awarded. 40% of undergraduate students in preventive medicine of our academy have successfully applied to study at the top universities in China and abroad.
Public Health Laboratory Sciences
The major “Public Health Laboratory Sciences (PHLS)” was established on 1974 at the Department of Hygiene of Sichuan Medical College (the precursor of current Sichuan University Huaxi Campus) for training undergraduate students. Now it has developed to be a complete training system including undergraduate students, Master’s degree students and Doctor’s degree students. As the oldest university that start up this major in China, Sichuan University PHLS now ranked the top 1 in China. PHLS is designed to provide comprehensive training to well-qualified individuals that possess medicine background, know preventive medicine and well-qualified with both theory knowledge and techniques in the experimental relevant aspect in public health field, that makes them well-prepared for future careers as high level laboratory experts in all kind of health relevant institution all over the world.
Since 1974, more than 2000 undergraduate students, 200 master’s degree students and 30 doctor’s degree students have graduated from here. They worked all over China at the CDC, CIQ, FDA, hospital, research center, college, university or other health relevant institution, becoming technique backbone in this field, Their work are continuing pushing the development of public health, and their outstanding performance have obtained many praises from the government. Currently, SCU PHLS has a well-qualified teaching team including 25 full-time teachers, 2 part-time professors abroad and quite a few of part-time teacher is practical training bases. Sixteen full-time teachers have overseas experience. Now SCU PHLS enroll about 50 undergraduate students, 15 master’s degree students and 4 doctor’s degree students annually.
SCU PHLS is a four-year discipline. The first year is heavily oriented toward the general education including College English, Chinese Culture, Situation and Policy, The Outline of Chinese Modern History, Physical Educatio, Military Training, Data Processing and Computer et al, and some fundamental subjects like Inorganic Chemistry, Medical Mathematics, Systemicanatomy, Organic Chemistry, Physiology, Biochemistry, Medical Immunology and so on.
The second year is focus on discipline fundamental education. Subjects include Medical Microbiology, Human Parasitology, Hygiene Toxicology, Epidemiology, Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Molecular Biological Technology, Public Health Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis and so on.
The third year is arranged for major training. Subjects include Experimental Immunology, Experimental Virology, Experimental Bacteriology, Clinical Laboratory, Physicochemical Analysis of Water, Physicochemical Analysis of Air, Physicochemical Analysis of Food, Analysis of Biological Materials, Health and Quarantine, Laboratory Safety and Management, and a few experimental lessons including Experiment for Health Microbiology, Experimental Immunology Experiment, Analytical Chemistry Experiment, Instrumental Analysis Experiment, Experiment for Physicochemical Analysis of Water and Air, Experiment for Pathogenic Microbiology, Experiment for Clinical Laboratory, Experiment for Physicochemical Analysis of Food and Biological Materials.
At the fourth year, students should take part in occupational training for at least 3 months and complete the graduation thesis within 6 months.
Totally, the credits for PHLS is 175, required credits is 155.5 and credits for practice is 48. After got all the credits, students will obtain the bachelor degree of Science.
West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University
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