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Kai Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health); Director of Research, Climate Change and Health; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Kai Chen, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Environmental Health Sciences

    60 College Street, PO Box 208034

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States

Research Summary

Climate change affects human health in many ways, including both direct impacts from changed extreme weather events and indirect impacts mediated through air pollution. Given the significant health burdens associated with extreme temperatures and air pollution, identifying and quantifying their individual and interactive health effects under a changing climate is of crucial importance for designing policies that maximize future health protection under climate change.

Dr. Chen’s research examines the health impacts of extreme temperature and ambient air pollution under a changing climate. He studies heat-related mortality and morbidity, the acute effects of air pollution on daily mortality and hospital admission, and the health impacts of climate change under different climate and population scenarios.


Public Health Interests

Environmental Health; Epidemiology Methods; Global Health; Climate Change; Infectious Diseases; Pollution; COVID-19

Selected Publications