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BA (Yonsei University), PhD (New York University), MS (Columbia University)

Prof. YI Huso (李湖樹教授) 

Director of Research, CUHK Centre for Bioethics                                                                              
Assistant Professor, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK


Professor Huso Yi was trained in the field of psychology/philosophy (BA, Yonsei U), anthropology (Postgraduate, U Amsterdam), applied health psychology (MA and PhD, NYU), and biostatistics (Postdoctoral MS, Columbia U). He also completed medical ethics course (Certificate) at Imperial College London. Before joining the CUHK, he was an US NIH postdoctoral research fellow at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Department of Psychiatry (Ethics Core), Columbia University (2007-2010); Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Sociology and Populations Study, Renmin University of China (2009-2010); Senior Research Associate at the Institute on International Research on Youth at Risk, National Development and Research Institute (2002-2007). His research focuses on global health ethics and empirical bioethics, ethno-epidemiology, theories and methodologies in mixed-methods, medical humanities, participatory research among disadvantaged populations, and social inequality in health. He is teaching courses of “Public Health Ethics and Law” (undergraduate) and “Ethics, Social Justice, and Global Health” (graduate). He is actively involved in several international research projects, including ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) in prenatal genetic testing and genomic medicine, comparative research on health-social care for autism spectrum conditions, human rights and health among migrant populations, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). He is also involved in UNESCO Bioethics, Asian Bioethics Networks (ABN) and WUN (Worldwide Universities Network) of Global Public Health Ethics and Justice.

Teaching Modules


  • PHPC3012: Public Health Ethics and Law (module coordinator)

  • PHPC3027: Qualitative Research (module coordinator) 

  • PHPC4014/4015: BSc Research and Practice Based Project (qualitative research)


  • PBHT5001: Qualitative Research Methods (module coordinator) 

  • PBHT5006: Practice of Qualitative Research Methods (module coordinator) 

  • PBHT5804: Ethics, Social Justice, and Global Health (module coordinator) 

  • PBHT6900: MPH Research Capstone Project (qualitative research)


  • Olivia Miu Yung Ngan (2012-2016) Obstetric Professionals’ Attitudes and Values in the Implementation of DNA-Sequencing Based Non-Invasive Prenatal Test for Down Syndrome in Hong Kong

  • Janice Ying Chui Lau (2012-2015) Informed Decision-Making of Undertaking DNA-Sequencing Based Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome among Pregnant Women in Hong Kong: A Qualitative Study

  • Bedru Hussen Mohammed (2012-2015) “Do men matter in maternal and child health?” Roles of men involvement in access to Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services among pregnant women in Ethiopia.

Postgraduate Supervision
Research Interests

Prof. Huso Yi’s research has focused on empirical bioethics and global health justice through advancing theories, research methodologies, in particular of ethnography and mixed-methods analysis, and policies. He serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Mixed-Methods Research and PLOS ONE. His interests include: 

  • Ethical, legal, social issues (ELSI) in genomics

  • Public health ethics and bioethics

  • Healthcare systems and policy for autism spectrum conditions

  • Social and medical model of disability

  • Urban health ecology and social inequality in health

  • Mixed-methods assessments

  • Multilevel intervention and evaluation: health systems

  • Social and sexual risk networks in hidden at-risk populations

  • Psychological anthropology of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and mobility

  • Social movements in relation to health and science


Yi, H., Ngan, O.M.Y., Hallowell, N., Griffiths, S., & Sahota, D. (2015) Ethical concerns in the implementation of DNA sequencing-based non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal aneuploidy among obstetric professionals in Hong Kong. AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 6(1), 81-93

Ho, H., Yi, H., Griffiths, S. Chan, D. & Murray, S.M. “Do it yourself” in the Parent-professional partnership for the assessment and diagnosis of children with autism spectrum conditions in Hong Kong: Qualitative study. Autism 2014;18(7):832-44


Yi, H., Hallowell, N., Griffiths, S., & Leung, T.Y. (2013). Motivations for undertaking a DNA sequencing-based non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal aneuploidy: Qualitative study with early adopter patients in Hong Kong. PLOS ONE. 8(11):e81794. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081794.​

Nel, J.A., Yi, H, Rich, E., & Sandfort, T. HIV-untested men who have sex with men in South Africa: The perception of not being at risk and fear of being tested. AIDS Behav 2013;17 Suppl 1:S51-9


Sandfort, T. Yi, H., Knox, J., & Reddy, V. Sexual partnership types as determinant of HIV risk in South African MSM: An event-level cluster analysis. AIDS Behav 2013;17 Suppl 1:S23-32


Yi, H., Zheng, T., Mantell, J., Park, M., Wan, Y. H., & Csete, J. (2012). Occupational safety and HIV risk among female sex workers in China: A mixed-methods analysis of sex work harms and mommies. Global Public Health, 7(8), 840-855.
Knox, J., Sandfort, T. Yi, H., Reddy, V., & Maimane, S. (2011). Social vulnerability and HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 22, 709-713.
Yi, H., & Lau, J. T. F. (2011). Emerging issues, challenges and aspirations in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in China: Editorial introduction. Public Health, 125(5), 257-259.

Yi, H., Shidlo, A., & Sandfort, T. G. (2011). Assessing maladaptive responses to the stress of being at-risk of HIV infection among HIV-negative gay men in New York City. Journal of Sex Research, 48(1), 62-73.
Li, H., Lau, J. T. F., Holroyd, E., & Yi, H. (2010). Socio-cultural facilitators and barriers to condom use during anal sex among men who have sex with men in China: An ethnographic study. AIDS Care, 22(12), 1481-1486

Knox, J., Yi, H., Reddy, V., Maimane, S., & Sandfort, T. (2010). The fallacy of intimacy: Sexual risk behaviour and beliefs about trust and condom use among men who have sex with men in South Africa. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 15(6), 660-671.

Yi, H., Mantell, J.E., Zhao, L., Zeng, J., Wan, Y.H. (2010). A profile of HIV risk factors in the context of sex work environments among migrant female sex workers in Beijing, China. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 15(2), 172-187.

Yi, H., Sandfort, T. G. & Shidlo, A. (2010). Effects of disengagement coping with HIV risk on unprotected sex among HIV-negative gay men in New York City. Health Psychology. 29(2), 205-214.
Munoz-Laboy, M, Sandfort, T. G., & Yi, H. (2009). Introduction to special issue global perspectives on same-sex sexualities: Desires, practices, and identities Part 1. Negotiating global sexual identities in local contexts. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 6(2), 1-3. [Guest Editor]

Munoz-Laboy, M, Sandfort, T. G., & Yi, H. (2009). Introduction to special issue global perspectives on same-sex sexualities: Desires, practices, and identities Part 2. Negotiating gender ideologies and sexual rights in local contexts. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 6(3), 1-3. [Guest Editor]
Yi, H. (2008). Korea. In Louise-George TIN (Ed.). The dictionary of homophobia: A global history of gay and lesbian experience(pp. 274-276). [Translation by Mark Redburn] Vancouver, Canada: Arsenal pulp Press.
Yi, H. (2003). Homophobia/heterosexism in South Korea In Louise-George TIN (Ed.) Dictionnaire de l'homophobie (pp. 109-110). Paris, France: Les Presses Universitaires de France.

Sandfort, T. G., Nel, J., Rich, E., Reddy, V., & Yi, H. (2008). HIV testing and self-reported HIV statfus in South African MSM: Results from a community-based survey. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 84(6), 425-429.

Braine, N., Acker, C., Goldblatt, C., Yi, H., DesJarlais, D. C., & Friedman, S. (2008). Neighborhood history as a factor shaping syringe distribution networks among drug users at a U.S. syringe exchange. Social Networks, 30(3), 235-246.

Clatts, M. C., Le, G. M., Goldsamt, L. A., & Yi, H. (2007). Male sex work and HIV risk among young heroin users in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sexual Health, 4(4), 261-267.

Clatts, M. C., Le, G. M., Goldsamt, L. A., & Yi, H. (2007). Novel heroin injection practices: Implications for transmission of HIV and other bloodborne pathogens. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 32(6, supplement 1), S226-S233.

DesJarlais, D. C., Braine, N., Yi, H., & Turner, C. (2007). Residual injection risk behavior, HIV infection and the evaluation of syringe exchange programs. AIDS Education and Prevention, 19(2), 111-123.

Yi, H. (2006, Aug 23). “I know, but…”: Complexity of gay men’s sexual decision making in the third decade of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 51 (34), Article 2.

Gwadz, M. V., Clatts, M. C., Yi, H., Leonard, N. R., Goldsamt, L.A., & Lankenau, S.E. (2006). Resilience among young men who have sex with men: The role of attachment in the context of adversity. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 3(1), 13-21.

Clatts, M. C., Goldsamt, L. A., & Yi, H. (2005). Emerging HIV risk environments: A preliminary epidemiological profile of an MSM POZ party. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 81, 373-376.

Clatts, M. C., Goldsamt, L., & Yi, H. (2005). Club drug use in young men who have sex with men in New York City:  A preliminary epidemiological profile. Substance Use and Misuse, 40(9-10), 1317-1330.

Shidlo, A., Yi, H., & Dalit, B. (2005). Attitudes toward unprotected anal intercourse: Assessing HIV-negative gay or bisexual men. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 9(3/4), 111-132.
Shidlo, A., Yi, H., & Dalit, B. (2005, Jan). Assessing HIV-negative gay and bisexual men In P.N. Halkitis, L. Wilton, & J. Drescher (Eds.). Barebacking: Psychosocial and public health approaches. Haworth Press: New York.

Yi, H. (2005). A condition of queerness at Queer Matters: Localizing discourse at a “global” conference. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 6(2), 307-308.

Clatts, M. C., Goldsamt, L. A., Yi, H., & Gwadz, M. (2005). Homelessness and drug abuse among young men who have sex with men in New York City: A preliminary epidemiological trajectory. Journal of Adolescence, 28(2), 201-214.

Clatts, M. C., Goldsamt, L. A., & Yi, H. (2005). Drug and sexual risk in four MSM populations: Evidence for a sustained HIV epidemic in New York City. Journal of Urban Health, 82(1, supplement 1), i9-i17.

Yi, H., Cheng, J-F, Yoshikawa, H. (2005, Aug). Focus group interview with participants of the “Gay Asians Anonymous” group-level intervention program, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS. Interim Report. Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, New York.

Kimmel, D. C., & Yi, H. (2004). Characteristics of gay, lesbian, and bisexual, Asians, Asian Americans, and immigrants from Asia to the US. Journal of Homosexuality, 47(2), 143-172.

Dworkin, S. H., & Yi, H. (2003). LGBT identity, violence, and social justice: The psychological is political. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 25(4), 269-279.
Choi, H. K., Yi, H., et al. (2003). Chapter of South Korea. In R. Francoeur & J. Roonan (Ed.). Continuum complete international encyclopedia of sexuality (pp. 933-959). New York: Continuum Press.

Yi, H. (2002, Oct.) HIV subtype as “lie detector”: Comments on National Institute on Health in South Korea’s report on HIV-subtype among AIDS patients.

Choi, H. K., Yi, H., et al. (2001). Chapter of South Korea. In R. Francoeur. (Ed.). International encyclopedia of sexuality Vol. 4 (pp. 547-601). New York: Continuum Press.
Yi, H. (2000). Coming out: 300 Q&A about Korean gay and lesbian people. Seoul, Korea: Park Young-Yul Publishing House.  [In addition to the translation of E. Marcus. (1999). Is it a choice?: Answers to 300 of the most frequently asked questions about gay and lesbian people. San Francisco: HarperCollins, the author wrote parts on Korean homosexuality]

Selected Presentations in Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Yi, H., Ngan, M.Y.O., & Lau, Y.C.J. (2014, Jan). “Lost” in shared decision making over the clinical pathway from referral to consent for non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal aneuploidy: A mixed-methods study. Presented at the Society for Medical Decision Making Conference, Singapore, Jan 5-8, 2014.

Lau, Y.C.J., Yi, H., & Ngan, M.Y.O. (2013, Oct). Perceived benefits and needs of pregnant women undertaking DNA-sequencing based non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome in Hong Kong: A qualitative study. Presented at the 45th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference, Wuhan, China, Oct 25-27, 2013.
Ngan, M.Y.O., Yi, H. & Lau, Y.C.J. (2013, Oct). Public health implications of DNA-based non-invasive prenatal testing service for Down syndrome in Hong Kong. Presented at 45th Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health Conference, Wuhan, China, Oct 25-27, 2013.

Wong, H.T.H, Yi, H., & Lee, K.C.K. (2013, Nov). Sexual partnerships using location-based social networking among MSM in Hong Kong: A challenge in HIV prevention. Presented at the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand, November 18 -22, 2013.

Lau, Y.C.J., Yi, H., & Ngan, M.Y.O. (2013, June). Selection of baby using mother’s blood: Narrative-medicine study of cell-free fetal DNA sequencing based prenatal genetic testing technology in Hong Kong. Presented Society for Medical Anthropology Conference, Tarragona, Spain, June 12-14, 2013.

Ho, H. Yi, H., & Murray, S.M. (2013, June). Parent-professional partnership in the care of children with autism spectrum conditions in Hong Kong. Presented at The Canadian Psychological Association's 74th Annual Convention being held at the Québec City Convention Centre, Québec, Québec, June 13-15, 2013.

Yi, H., Griffiths, S., Fong, H., & Chung, R. (2012, Nov). Health and migration: Hong Kong perspective. Presented at the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network. The 2nd Research Exchange Workshop and Public Briefing on “Bringing the Migrant Health Discourse into Policy” Manila, Philippines. [Invited Presentation]

Yi, H. (2012, Oct). Value of health as intrinsic vs. instrumental. Presented at the 2012 Health and Humanities Symposium, National Taiwan University, Taiwan. [Invited Speech]
Yi, H., Lau, Y.C.J., & Ngan, M.Y.O. (2012, Aug). Social and ethical analysis of ultrasonography and prenatal genetic testing. Presented at the Body and Cognition meeting, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
Yi, H. (2011, Oct). Between/within countries and up/down streams: Transnational health in Asia. Presented at the International Conference on Global Health and Public Health Education, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China.
Yi, H. (2011, Aug). “Can I talk to Him? Or, Am I talking to me?” Transformative experience with a funeral. Presented at the conference of Bodily Feeling, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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