Hyun Kim, ScD

Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Hyun Kim

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-0435

Office Address:
Room 1116 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 807 Mayo
Minneapolis MN 55455

ScD, Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Lowell

MSc, Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Lowell

BS, Physics, Dongguk University


My primary research interests are occupational and environmental epidemiology with special focus on injury, disaster, and climate change. I have led a number of different natural and man-made disaster research projects in the past decade, including 9/11 World Trade Center study for first responders and a project on Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Currently, I work closely with the World Health Organization to conduct climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessments in Asia and the Pacific region. I have developed several the Green Climate Fund proposals to implement country-wide climate change adaptation projects in the region.

In addition, I am leading a project to evaluate mental stress, particularly Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, among firefighters and other emergency responders. I am also serving as a consultant to the World Health Organization to provide epidemiologic assessment of general occupational and environmental issues in Low and Middle Income Countries, such as Mongolia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Small Island Developing States in the Pacific.


Epidemiologic methods in injury, disasters and general occupational and environmental health, climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment, qualitative research methods, mental health, global health, and planetary health.

Awards & Recognition

  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2014–2017, CDC/NIOSH, "Assessing the Impacts of Epidemiologic Biases in WTC Health Studies," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, CDC/NIOSH, “Association between personal and work-related exposures and the occurrence of occupational injuries in an aging working population," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2017, ASPR, "Post-Sandy Health Consequences and Epidemiologic Use of Integrated Sandy Data," Co-Principal Investigator
  • CDC/NIOSH, "Workers' Compensation Claims Process and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Equity Actors," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2017, CDC/NIOSH,  “Janitors’ Workload and Injury Study," Co-adviser
  • 2016–2017, MCOHS-ERC Pilot Grant,  “Association between personal and work-related exposures and the occurrence of occupational injuries in an aging working population," Co-adivser


Selected Publications

  • Kim H, Schwartz R, Hirsch J, Silverman R, Liu B, Taioli E. "Effect of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island Emergency Departments visits," Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2016, Jun;10(3):344-50
  • Liu B, Tarigan LH, Bromet EJ, Kim H. "World Trade Center Disaster Exposure-Related Probable Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Responders and Civilians: A Meta-Analysis," PLoS ONE 2014; 9(7): e101491
  • Kim H, Herbert R, Landrigan P, Markowitz SB, Moline JM, Savitz DA, Todd AC, Udasin IG, Wisnivesky JP. "Increased rates of asthma among World Trade Center disaster responders," American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2012; 55(1):44-53
  • Kim H, Kriebel D, Quinn MM, Davis L. "The Snowman: A model of injuries and near-misses for the prevention of sharps injuries," American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2010; 53(11):1119-1127
  • Kim H, Kriebel D. Regression models for public health surveillance data: A simulation study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2009; 66:733-739


Teaching Areas

I advise students in epidemiology in injury, disaster, and occupational health, as well as climate change and health effects.


  • PubH 6140, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
  • PubH 6120/3120, Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community, and Home (co-teach with Dr. Marizen Ramirez)

Community Engagement

A great portion of my research topics come from responding to community needs. I serve as an advisory committee member to the HealthPartners Occupational Medicine Residency, and as a board member to Minnesota Korean Service Center and to Korean American Association of Minnesota. I provide consulting locally for MnFIRE (Minnesota Firefighter Initiative) and internationally for many countries in Asia and the Pacific through the World Health Organization.

I contribute to a number of the industry's leading journals, including:

  • Associate Editor, Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Contributing Editor, American Journal of Industrial Medicine


In The News

SPH News

In The Media

  • UMN Experts: Hurricanes linked to lasting psychological trauma (UMN News)
  • Puerto Rico: How power outages can affect mental health (Time)
  • Why Harvey will be a mental health disaster, too (Fortune)
  • Asthma rates double for World Trade Center first responders (Science Daily)
  • 9/11 rescue workers twice as likely to have asthma: new study (New York Daily News)
  • World Trade Center Responders Plagued with Asthma; 9/11 Responders Twice as Likely to Have Asthma (Science Daily)