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William Kuang-Yao Pan, DrPH

  • Assistant Professor - Adjunct

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Duke University
Campus Box 90519
Durham, North Carolina 27708


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DrPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2003
MS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999
MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 1997


I am a biostatistician with training in remote sensing, spatial analysis, mathematical demography, and certain aspects of ecology related to disease transmission. My primary research interests are to foster a deeper understanding of demographic processes, human health and environmental change using a combination of quantitative tools from biostatistics, geography, and economics. My research integrates multiple data collection tools used in demography, ecology, and laboratory-based studies to geo-reference information that maximize our understanding of underlying social and ecological processes. These tools include in-depth household economic surveys, field-based water monitoring devices, climate monitoring stations, satellite data processing, morphometrics for entomological identification, and blood smears to diagnose malaria infections. I firmly believe that any practitioner of public health should actively participate in data collection to better understand how tools are used in research and the limits of inference. This practice has helped me to better understand demographic factors influencing land use change, the impact of climate change on diarrhea etiology, risk factors for childhood shigella infection, the relationship between land cover and anophelines larvae distribution, among others. I am open to learning new techniques – quantitative, qualitative or biological – that help better understand population-environment, environment-health and population-health relationships.  

Several of my projects are listed at:

4th term special seminar homepage:  
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Honors and Awards

2003 Mindel C. Sheps Dissertation Fellowship in Mathematical Demography

  • International Health
  • Multilevel models
  • Spatial Models &
  • GIS
  • Biostatistics
  • Population-Environment
  • Demography
  • Longitudinal Data
  • Pan, WK, C Erlien, RE Bilsborrow “Morbidity and mortality disparities among colonist and indigenous populations in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” Social Science and Medicine, (in-press).

  • Zevallos, K, G. Sandhu, K Sacksteder, P Yori, M Kosek, WK Pan, C Banda, B Herrera, T Valencia, RH Gilman, C Vidal, G Meza, KC Vergara, HH Garcia, CA Evans. “Human immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens is augmented by deworming” Journal of Infectious Disease (accepted).

  • Salmon, DA, PJ Smith, WK Pan, AM Navar, SB Omer, N Halsey. “Disparities in Preschool Immunization Coverage Associated with Maternal Age: United States, 2001-2003” (2009) Human Vaccines, V5(8)

  • Villaran, M., SM Montano, G Gonzalvez, LM Moyano, JC Chero, S Rodriguez, AE Gonzalez, WK Pan, VCW Tsang, RH Gilman and H. Garcia (2009) “Epilepsy and Neurocysticercosis: an Incidence Study in a Peruvian Rural Population” Neuroepidemiology, V33: 25-31

  • Vittor, AY, WK Pan, RH Gilman, J Tielsch, G Glass, T Shields, WS Lozano, VV Pinedo, JA Patz. (2009) “Ecological characteristics of Anopheles darlingi breeding habitat in the Amazon.” American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygeine, V81(1): 5-12