Dr. Hu is the inaugural Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), a Faculty of the University of Toronto, and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health and Medicine. He is a physician-scientist, trained as an internist and occupational and environmental medicine specialist, with a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard.
Previously, Dr. Hu had been Professor of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Director of the NIEHS Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Research, and Director of the Occupational Medicine Residency at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Channing Laboratory of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston (1988-2006); and the NSF International Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan (2006-2012).
Since 1990, Dr. Hu has led multi-institutional and international teams of scientists, students and fellows devoted to investigating the environmental, nutritional, social, psychosocial, genetic and epigenetic determinants of chronic disease and impaired child development in population-based studies in the U.S., Mexico, India, China, and elsewhere around the world.
His team’s research has generated over 250 publications and won several awards, such as the 1999 Progress and Achievement Award from the U.S. National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, the 2009 Linus Pauling Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2011 Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association. In 1999-2000, Dr. Hu was a Senior Faculty Fulbright Scholar in India.
Dr. Hu has also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the principal epidemiologist on four fact-finding missions for Physicians for Human Rights; served as the Chair of the Research Commission for the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; and served on the Board of Population and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine.
In his current capacity as Dean, Dr. Hu is leading Canada’s largest public health school forward on a number of innovative initiatives involving healthy cities, “big data for public health”, indigenous health, new systems that integrate public health and primary care, social entrepreneurship, and, with its many partners, the global agenda of addressing health inequities.
Dr. Hu is married to Rani Kotha, Senior Strategist in Global Health and Innovation Initiatives at the Munk School for Global Affairs of the University of Toronto. They have two sons, one who is an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and one who attends the University of Toronto’s elementary laboratory school.
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