EPPS Faculty Spotlight
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Political Economy and Geographic Information Sciences
Kim's research interests are widespread, but they all contribute to one goal: to develop an information-based tool to help policy makers around the world address environmental and health risks. His research focuses on public policy and planning issues in Asia, Africa and the U.S., with an emphasis on health and environmental policy analysis. His recent research efforts address issues including childhood lead poisoning, malaria control, indoor and outdoor air quality, allergic disease, food security and poverty, and vaccination delivery.
According to the World Health Organization, about 2 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and shigellosis every year, and most of these deaths occur in children younger than 5 years old. Kim and his team developed a policy support tool to deliver cheap and effective vaccines to a mostly poor population in China and other Asian countries. In recognition of contribution from his doctoral dissertation, the Global Health Council selected Kim as a 2008 New Investigator in Global Health.
Recently, he has been awarded several competitive research grants from the National Institute of Health, World Health Organization, and the National Research Foundation of Korea, etc. His funded research activities cover Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Vietnam, China, Korea and United States. His research findings have been widely circulated in many top-tiered peer-reviewed journals and presented at various scholarly meetings around the world.