Dr. Hu is the inaugural Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH; http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/) 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, Founding 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, Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Internal Medicine, and Founding Director of the NIEHS Environmental Health Core Sciences Center 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. He has also led teams studying the potential pathophysiology of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, a chronic illness of unclear etiology. His team’s work has generated over 300 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, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association, and the 2015 John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.
In 1999-2000, Dr. Hu was a Senior Faculty Fulbright Scholar in India. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors and the principal epidemiologist on four fact-finding missions for Physicians for Human Rights; served on the Board of Population and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; and served as the Chair of the Research Commission for the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. In the latter capacity, he and colleagues published “Nuclear Wastelands”, which was nominated for the U.S. National Book Award in 1996.
In his current capacity, Dean Hu is leading Canada’s best and largest School of Public Health1, a Faculty within Canada’s best Global University2. With the School’s leaders, he is working to advance a number of innovative initiatives involving healthy cities, big data for population 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. Dean Hu has also initiated the first major fund-raising campaign for a School of Public Health in Canada.
Dr. Hu is married to Rani Kotha JD MPH, 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.
For more information on the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Dr. Hu: The Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s website: http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/ The School’s history: http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/about/
Dean Hu’s faculty website: http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty-profile/hu-howard/
1 #1 in Canada, #14 in the World, Social Sciences & Public Health, U.S. News & World Report, 2015
2 #16 in World Reputation Rankings, Time Higher Education rankings, 2015.