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 research focuses on the epidemiology of occupational injury and disasters, including long-term impacts of Hurricane Sandy and the World Trade Center attacks. Within SPH, I lead a faculty interest group to develop research areas related to the disasters, both natural and man-made, not only United States, but also world-wide. I also initiate research activities related to workers and immigrants’ health in the Twin Cities.

Disaster epidemiology is a relatively new field in public health, but is becoming more important as we are experiencing a relentless series of disasters in both natural and man-made forms around the world. Currently, most research in disaster epidemiology focuses on preparedness and response, but my work explores long-term consequences of a disaster event, such as health hazards, exposure assessment, and prevention of diseases among exposed populations. I am also exploring the causal path from climate change to health effects through disasters. 


Injury epidemiology, disaster epidemiology, occupational epidemiology, epidemiologic methods

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

Community Engagement

A great portion of my research comes from responding to community needs. I serve as an advisory committee member to the HealthPartners Occupational Medicine Residency, board member of Minnesota Korean Service Center, advisor of Korean Adoptee Ministry for the Eliminating Health Disparity Initiative.

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

  • Contributing Editor, American Journal of Industrial Medicine
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Occupational Environmental Medicine, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Lung Cancer, American Journal of Epidemiology, Injury Epidemiology


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)