Dr. Joon-hak Lee

Associate Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology


Dr. Joon-hak Lee

Education & Experience:
I received a PhD in Medical Entomology from Iowa State University, and MS and BS degrees from Seoul National University in South Korea. After completing my MS degree, I worked as a Medical Entomologist on the Disease Ecology team of the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Republic of Korea. After finishing my PhD, I completed postdoctoral work in Geographic Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I then completed a second postdoctoral fellowship with the Division of Parasitic Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Prior to joining the UNTHSC School of Public Health in 2004, I held a senior research scientist position with the Arthropod-Borne Disease Program in the Division of Epidemiology at the New York State Department of Health.

Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I have been involved in public health practice for a long time and have worked closely with local health departments to improve their practices. My teaching has primarily focused on training MPH students in evaluation and control of environmentally acquired infectious diseases. I have taught a variety of courses, including Environmental Health, Evaluation and Control of Environmental Pathogens, Water and Public Health, Texas Border Health Issues, and Arthropods and Public Health.

Professional Activities & Awards:
I am an active member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the National Environmental Health Association, the Entomological Society of America, and American Mosquito Control Association.

Scholarly Interests:
My research has involved the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne infectious diseases, and improvement of vector-borne disease surveillance and control systems. I have been closely working with local health departments to develop and implement appropriate practices to reduce human cases of vector-borne infectious diseases, including West Nile virus and Zika virus, with minimal environmental impacts of interventions. My research efforts will focus on developing risk assessment models of vector-borne infectious diseases to better predict occurrences of human cases.

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