Joshua YangJoshua Yang PhD, MPH

Location: KHS 135
Telephone: (657)278-4384
Fax: (657)278-5317
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Advising Areas:

Global health, tobacco control, health policy

Courses Taught:
HESC 424 (Health Policy)
HESC 440 (Determinants of Health Behavior)
HESC 465 (Introduction to International Health)
HESC 475 (Health Science Planning, Research and Evaluation)
HESC 481 (Health in a Global Society)
HESC 500 (Issues in Public Health)
HESC 540 (Advanced Study in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention)

Dr. Joshua Yang received his MPH and PhD in Community Health Sciences (with a minor in Sociology) from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco. He employs an array of qualitative research methodologies to examine the social, political, and economic dynamics underlying public health phenomenon. His primary area of research is tobacco control where he has examined tobacco industry tactics, U.S. policy coherence on tobacco control, alternative tobacco products, local policy change, and compliance with and enforcement of tobacco control policies. He also specializes in global non-communicable disease governance with an emphasis on the role of discourse and ideology in policymaking and increasing integration of structural interventions in non-communicable disease prevention and control. He has also worked to improve access to care for specific populations (i.e., Chinese immigrants) and specific services (i.e., breast cancer navigation).

Interest Area:
Tobacco control
Global governance of non-communicable diseases, with an emphasis on:

  • International institutions
  • Power, discourse, and ideology
  • Structural interventions

Current projects:

  • Compliance with and enforcement of tobacco control policies on college campuses
  • Social problems at the nexus of race, immigration, and power
  • International trade as a social determinant of health
  • Discursive patterns in non-communicable disease prevention and control