Bian Liu

Bian Liu, PhD

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Population Health Science and Policy
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health

Research Topics:

Biostatistics, Cancer, Community, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Healthcare, Public Health

Dr. Liu investigates the distribution and determinants of health outcomes in human populations, with specific focuses on: 1) studying epidemiological patterns, such as geospatial and disparity patterns of health outcomes, using large-scale population-based databases; and 2) studying the health effects of environmental and occupational exposure to pollutants under normal conditions, as well as in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters.  Examples of the databases Dr. Liu uses are (a) health and health behavior population-based survey data from federal and local government agencies (e.g. the National Health and Nutrition Examination (NHANES), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the 500 Cities Projects, the New York City HANES); (b) healthcare databases, such as the hospital discharge data from the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS); (c) cancer registry data with and without linkage to administrative billing data, such as the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program data, and SEER-Medicare; (d) sociodemographic data from the US Census; and (e) environmental pollution data from the US EPA.

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BS, Lanzhou Univeristy

MS, Ohio University

PhD, University of Michigan

Postdoc trainings, Columbia University, University of Geneva, Harvard Univeristy