Prof. KIM Jean Hee (金真希教授) 

AB (UC Berkeley), Magister Scientiae, Doctor Scientiae (Harvard University)

Director of Studies, Centre for Global Health; and 
Associate Professor 




Professor Kim has a background in both laboratory science and social sciences with training in molecular biology and anthropology. She completed her doctoral studies at Harvard University in HIV epidemiology with sub-concentrations in nutritional epidemiology and reproductive health. She came to Hong Kong as a recipient of Harvard University’s Sinclair-Kennedy Scholarship.  Her current research directions are at the interface of Social Epidemiology and Global Health. She is actively engaged in collaborations with the Department of Health and is interested in integrating methodologies from other fields into Public Health research.

Teaching Modules
  • Undergraduate Public Health Epidemiology 

  • Medical Year 2 & Medical Year 4 Public Health Teaching

  • Post-graduate courses epidemiological methods & data management

  • Post-graduate course in social & nutritional epidemiology

  • Post-graduate teaching in Global Health topics

  • Research Methods for PhD students

  • Technical Writing for PhD students

  • Master of Public Health tutorials

Research Interests

My primary areas of research interest is in the area of social epidemiology.
Specifically, I am interested in examining the interface between social factors (health behaviors, attitudes, and macro level global trends) and the health outcomes. In recent years, I have become interested in emerging health issues related to globalization such as alcohol consumption changes, emerging patterns of pathological internet use, reproductive health behaviors and quality of life.
My research uses quantitative methods from epidemiology to the following specific areas: 

  • Factors associated with alcohol consumption changes and alcohol misuse patterns, drunk driving and adolescent alcohol misuse

  • Behavioral aspects of infectious disease epidemiology (risk perceptions,information-seeking behaviors, help-seeking behaviors, and attitudinal risk factors, self-care behaviors, socio-demographic determinants) of infectious disease-related behaviors such as vaccinations and help-seeking, infectious disease transmission behaviors on health outcomes such as nutritional status, quality of life.

  • Reproductive health behaviors and sexual dysfunctions in relation to Quality of Life

  • Internet addiction and pathological internet use

  • Nutritional epidemiology in infectious disease and cancer patients.


Alcohol & Addictions

Kim, J.H., Wong, A.H., Lau, J.T., Goggins, W.B., Wong, S., and Griffiths, S.M. (2013) Drink driving in Hong Kong: the competing effects of random breath testing and alcohol tax reductions. Addiction; 108: 1217–1228 

Kim, J.H., Lee, S., Chow, J., Lau, J., Tsang A., Choi J., and Griffiths, S.M. (2008) Prevalence and the factors associated with binge drinking, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence: a population-based study of Chinese adults in Hong Kong. Alcohol and Alcoholism, Vol.43. No.3, pp.360-70. 

Kim, J.H., Lee, S., Chan, W.C., Lau, J., Tsang, A., and Griffiths, S.M. (2010) A population-based study on the prevalence and correlates associated with drinking and driving in Hong Kong.  Accident Analysis and Prevention. Vol. 42. No.4, pp. 994-1002. 

Kim, J.H., Chan, K.W., Chow, J.K., Fung, K.P., Fong, B.Y., Cheuk, K.K., and Griffiths, S.M. (2009) University binge drinking patterns and changes in patterns of alcohol consumption among Chinese undergraduates in a Hong Kong university.  Journal of American College Health. Vol. 58. No.3, pp.255-265. 

Kim, J.H., Lau, C.H., Cheuk, K.K., Kan, P., Hui, H.L., and Griffiths, S.M. (2010) Predictors of heavy Internet use and associations with health-promoting and health risk behaviors among Hong Kong university students. Journal of Adolescence. Vol.33. No.1, pp.215-220. 

Pun V.C., Lin H.L., Kim J.H., Yip B., Chung V.CH, Wong M.C.S., Yu I.T. S., Griffiths S.M., Tian L.W. (2013) Impacts of alcohol duty reductions on cardiovascular mortality among elderly Chinese: a 10-year time series analysis. Journal Epidemiol Community Health 2013;0:1–5. doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201859. Journal Impact Factor: 3.192 (2011) (Authorship: 15% contribution).

Chung, V.C., Yip, B.Y., Tam, W., Kim, J.H., Wong, A.H., Chan, I., and Griffiths, S.M. The impact of cutting alcohol tax on drinking patterns. (2013). First published online: July 3, 2013

Lau, J.T., Kim, J.H., Tsui, H.Y., Cheung, A., Lau, M., and Yu, A. (2005) The relationship between physical maltreatment and substance abuse among adolescents: a survey of 95,788 Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong. Journal of Adolescent Health. Vol. 37. No.2, pp.110-119. Journal Impact Factor: 3.334 (2011) (Authorship: 40% contribution).

Chung RY., Kim J.H., Yip B., Wong S YS, Wong MCS, Chung VC, Griffiths SM., Alcohol tax policy and related mortality. An age-period-cohort analysis of a rapidly developed Chinese population, 1981 – 2010. Submitted to PlosONE.


Health Behaviors related to infectious diseases

Kim, J.H., Spiegelman, D., Rimm, E., and Gorbach, S.L. (2001) The correlates of dietary intake among HIV positive adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol.74. No.6, pp.852-861.

Kim, J.H., Lo, F.K., Cheuk, K.K., Kwong, M.S., Goggins, W.B., Cai, Y.S., Lee, S.S., and Griffiths, S. (2011) Knowledge of avian influenza (H5N1) among poultry workers, Hong Kong, China. Emerging Infectious Diseases. Vol.17. No.12, pp.2319-2221. 

Rodas, J.R., Lau C.H., Zhang  Z.Z, Griffiths S.M., Luk W.C., Kim, J.H. (corresponding) (2012) Exploring predictors influencing intended and actual acceptability of the A/H1N1 pandemic vaccine: A cohort study of university students in Hong Kong  Public Health. Vol.126. No.12, pp.1007-12

Lau, J.T.F., Wang, Z., Kim, J.H., Lau, M., Lai, C., and Mo, P. Acceptability of HPV vaccines and associations with perceptions related to HPV and HPV vaccines among men who have sex with men in Hong Kong. Plos One. 

Lau, J.T., Kim, J.H., Yang, X., and Tsui, H.Y. (2008) Cross-sectional and longitudinal factors predicting influenza vaccination in Hong Kong Chinese elderly aged 65 and above. Journal of Infection. Vol.56. No.6, pp. 460-468.

Lau, J.T., Kim, J.H., Choi, K.C., Tsui, H.Y., and Yang, X. (2007) Changes in prevalence of influenza vaccination and strength of association of factors predicting influenza vaccination over time - results of two population-based surveys. Vaccine. Vol.25. No.49, pp.8279-8289.

Lau, J.T., Tsui, H., Kim, J.H., and Griffiths, S. (2006) Perceptions about status and modes of H5N1 transmission and associations with immediate behavioral responses in the Hong Kong general population. Preventive Medicine. Vol.43. No.5, pp.406-410. Journal Impact Factor: 3.216 (2011) (Authorship: 30% contribution).

Lau, J.T., Yang, X., Tsui, H.Y., and Kim, J.H. (2006) Prevalence of influenza vaccination and associated factors among community-dwelling Hong Kong residents of age 65 and above. Vaccine. Vol.24. No.26, pp.5526-5534. Journal Impact Factor: 3.766 (2011) (Authorship: 20% contribution).

Lau, J.T., Lau, M.C., Kim, J.H., and Tsui, H.Y. (2006) Impacts of media coverage on the community stress level in Hong Kong after the tsunami on 26 December 2004. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Vol.60. No.8, pp.675-682.

Lau, J.T., Yang, X., Tsui, H.Y., and Kim, J.H. (2005) Impacts of SARS on health-seeking behaviours in the general population of Hong Kong. Preventive Medicine. Vol.41. No.2, pp.454-62. Journal Impact Factor: 3.216 (2011) (Authorship: 20% contribution).

Lau, J.T., Lau, M., Kim, J.H., Tsui, H.Y., Tsang, T., and Wong, T.W. (2004) Probable secondary infections in households of SARS patients in Hong Kong. Emerging Infectious Diseases. Vol.10. No.2, pp.235-243.

Lau, J.T., Fung, K.S., Wong, T.W., Kim, J.H., Wong, E., Chung, S., Ho, D., Chan, L.Y., Lui, S.F., and Cheng, A. (2004) SARS transmission among hospital workers in Hong Kong. Emerging Infectious Diseases. Vol.10. No.2, pp.280-286.

Lau, J.T., Yang, X., Tsui, H.Y., and Kim, J.H. (2003) Monitoring community responses to the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong: from day 10 to day 62. J Epidemiology and Community Health. Vol.57. No.11, pp. 864-870.

Woods, M.N., Spiegelman, D., Knox, T., Forrester, J., Connors, J., Silva, M., Kim, J.H., and Gorbach, S.L. (2002) Nutrient intake and body weight in a large HIV cohort that includes women and minorities. J American Dietetic Association. Vol.102. No.2, pp.203-211.


Reproductive Health Behaviors and Quality of Life

Kim, J.H., Lau, J.T., and Cheuk, K.K. Sexlessness among married Chinese adults in Hong Kong: prevalence and associated factors. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Vol.6. No.11, pp. 2997-3007.

You, H., Lau, J.T.F., Gu, J., Tsui, H.Y., Wang, Z., and Kim, J.H. (2012) Awareness and Acceptability of Female Condoms among Monogamous Chinese Female Sexually Transmitted Infection Patients. AIDS and Behavior.  

Suen, S.S., Lao, T.T., Chan, O.K., Kou, T.K., Chan, S.C., Kim, J.H., Lau, T.K., and Leung, T.Y. (2011). Maternal understanding of commercial cord blood storage for their offspring - a survey among pregnant women in Hong Kong. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. Vol.90. No.9, pp.1005-1009.

Lau, J.T.F., Kim, J.H., and Tsui, H.Y. (2008) Prevalence and sociocultural predictors of sexual dysfunction among Chinese men who have sex with men in Hong Kong. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Vol.5. No.12, pp.2766-2779.

Lau, J.T., Yang, X., Wang, Q., Cheng,Y., Tsui H.Y., Mui, L.W., and Kim, J.H. (2006) Gender, power and marital relationships as predictors of sexual dysfunction and sexual satisfaction among young married couples in rural China: a population-based study. Urology. Vol.67. No.3, pp.579-585.

Lau, J.T., Kim, J.H., and Tsui, H.Y. (2006) Prevalence and factors of sexual problems in Chinese males and females having sex with the same-sex partner in Hong Kong: a population based study. Int  J Impotence Research. Vol.18. No.2, pp.130-40.

Lau, J.T., Kim, J.H., Tsui, H.Y. (2005) Mental health and lifestyle correlates of sexual problems and sexual satisfaction in heterosexual Hong Kong Chinese population. Urology. Vol.66. No.6, pp.1271-1281.

Lau, J.T., Kim, J.H., and Tsui, H.Y. (2005) Prevalence of sexual dysfunction, perceptions related to sex and association with quality of life in a Chinese population: A population-based study. Int J Impotence Research. Vol.17. No.6, pp.494-505.

Lau, J.T., Kim, J.H., Lau, M., and Tsui, H.Y. (2004) Prevalence and risk behaviors of Hong Kong males who seek cross-border same-sex partners in mainland China. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Vol.31. No.9, pp.568-574. Journal Impact Factor: 3.268 (2010)

Lau, J.T., Kim, J.H., Lau, M., and Tsui, H.Y. (2004) HIV-related behaviors and attitudes among Chinese men who have sex with men in Hong Kong: a population-based study. Sexually Transmitted Infections. Vol.80. No.6, pp.459-465. Journal Impact Factor: 3.029 (2010)

Kim, J.H., Tam, W, and Muennig, P. Predictors of absence of sexual intercourse and effects on happiness levels: Evidence from the 2008 General Social Survey National Death Index. Submitted to Int J of Epidemiology  (Authorship: 65% contribution) (In review)


Miscellaneous topics

Kim, J.H., Kwong E.M., Chung, V.C.,Wong, T., Lee, J.C.O  and Goggins WB. (2013) Prevalence and Factors associated with acute adverse events from over-the-counter Traditional Chinese Medicine: A population-based survey of Hong Kong Chinese adults. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine vol 13:336-347. 

Gao, Y., Li, L.P., Kim, J.H., Congdon, N., Lau, J.T.F,. and Griffiths, S.M. (2010) The impact of parental migration on health status and health behaviours among left behind adolescent school children in China. BMC Public Health. Vol.10. pp.56.

Chan, E.Y.Y., Kim, J.H., Griffiths, S.M., Lau, J.T.F., and Yu, I. (2009) Does living density matter for nonfatal unintentional home injury in Asian urban settings? Evidence from Hong Kong. Journal of Urban Health. Vol.86. No.6, pp.872-886.

Li, L.P., Chow, K.W., Griffiths, S., Zhang, L., Lam, J., and Kim, J.H. (corresponding) (2009) University-based peer health education in China:  the Shantou experience. Journal of American College Health. Vol.57. No.5, pp.549-551.

Chung, V.C.H., Ma, P.H.X., Tang, T.S.K., Lau, C.H., Kim, J.H., Griffiths, S.M. (2011) Do patients tell their clinicians they are using both prescribed and over the counter allopathic and traditional medicines? European J of Integrative Medicine. Vol.3. No.4, pp.e289-e298.

Law, T., Kim, J.H., Lee, K.Y., Tang, E.C., Lam, J.H., van Hasselt, A.C., and Tong, M.C. (2012). Comparison of rater's reliability on perceptual evaluation of different types of voice sample. Journal of Voice. Vol.26. No.5, pp.666.e13-21. Journal Impact Factor: 1.390 (2011)

Book Chapters & Commissioned Technical Reports

Griffiths, S.M., Kim, J.H., and Lau, C.H. (2011) An Inspiration from Internet Addiction Mal-Treatment in China. 2011. In Price, H.O. (Ed.), Internet Addiction (pp.71-84). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Kim, J.H., and Chung RY (2013). Epidemiologic methods in Public Health. Upcoming textbook on Public Health in Asia. Editors: JL Tang and SM Griffiths.

Chan, E.Y.Y., Kim, J.H., Griffiths, S.M., and Law, L.S. (2008) A pilot study for public health policy model and indicators development for child health in Hong Kong. HKSAR Government Central Policy Unit commissioned research report. 107 pages.

Chan EYY, Leung J, Kim JH & Griffiths SM. (2009) Sichuan province Jin Shia Jiang Healthy Village Project Document, Public Health Humanitarian Initiative Technical Report No. 2. Pgs 1-52. School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong.