Hyun Kim, ScD

Associate 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

  • Keynote Speaker, The First National Occupational and 2018 Environmental Health Forum, Manila, the Philippines
  • Keynote Speaker, The 5th International Conference for Occupational and Environmental Health, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Scholarship Award, Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Student Travel Award (Top 10 best abstracts), Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Korean Graduate Student Association, University of Massachusetts Lowell


Research Summary/Interests

Occupational epidemiology, Injury epidemiology, Disaster epidemiology, Epidemiologic methods, Mixed approach of qualitative and quantitative methods, Bias analysis, Occupational health surveillance, Workers’ Compensatetion, Long-term consequences of acute health problems, Socioeconomic status, Immigrant and migrant workers’ health, and occupational health policy.

Research Funding Grants

  • 2018-2019, CDC/NIOSH, MCOHS-ERC Pilot Grant, "Assessing Burden of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Minnesota Firefighters," Principal Investigator
  • 2017, International Travel Grant Award, "Climate change induced disasters and the impact among first responders in Fiji," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2016-2017, CDC/NIOSH, MCOHS-ERC Pilot Grant, "Caring for Care-Givers: Testing the Impact of a Worksite Health Improvement Intervention," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, CDC/NIOSH, MCOHS-ERC Pilot Grant, “Health and Injury Study of Janitorial Service Employees," Co-advisor
  • 2016-2017, CDC/NIOSH, MCOHS-ERC Pilot Grant, "Association between personal and work-related exposures and the occurrence of occupational injuries in an aging working population," Co-advisor
  • 2016-2017, CDC/NIOSH, MCOHS-ERC Pilot Grant, "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Driving Behaviors among Teenage Drivers during the First Year of Licensure: Implications for Prevention of Occupational Transportation-Related Mortality and Morbidity," Co-advisor
  • 2016–2017, CDC/NIOSH, MCOHS-ERC Pilot Grant, “Janitors' Workload and Injury Study," Co-advisor
  • 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
  • 2015-2016, CDC/NIOSH, "Workers' Compensation Claims Process and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Equity Actors," Co-Investigator
  • 2014–2017, CDC/NIOSH, "Assessing the Impacts of Epidemiologic Biases in WTC Health Studies," Principal Investigator


Selected Publications

  • Baidwan NK, Gerberich SG, Kim H, Ryan AD, Church TR, Capistrant B. "A longitudinal study of work-related injuries: comparisons of health and work-related consequences between injured and uninjured aging United States adults," Injury Epidemiology. 2018 Dec 1;5(1):35.
  • Kim H, Baidwan NK, Kriebel D, Cifuentes M, Baron S. "Asthma among World Trade Center Responders: A qualitative synthesis and bias assessment," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018 May 23 23;15(6):1053.
  • Kim H, Liu B, Baron S, Mongin S, Kriebel D. "Standardized Morbidity Ratios of four chronic health conditions among World Trade Center responders," Am J Ind Med. 2018 Mar 6. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22823.
  • Kim H, Baron S, Baidwan NK, Schwartz A, Moline J. "New onset of asthma and job status change among world trade center responders and workers," Am J Ind Med. 2017 Sep 14;PubMed PMID: 28913914.
  • Mongin S, Baron S, Schwartz R, Liu B, Taioli E, Kim H. "Measuring the Impact of Disasters Using Publicly Available Data: Application to 2012 Hurricane Sandy," Am J Epidemiol. 2017. Dec:186(11):1290-1299. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwx194.
  • 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


Teaching Areas

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

I serve on the Curriculum Development Committee for the Division of Environmental Health Sciences (2017-present).


  • PubH 6140, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (Lead Instructor)
  • PubH 6120/3120, Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community, and Home (Lead Instructor)
  • PubH6130 Occupational and Environmental Medicine: Principles and Practice (Guest Lecturer)

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.

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Consultant, Health and the Environment, Division of NCD and Health through the Life-Course, Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) from May-December, 2018
  • Provided technical advice on developing National Action Plan for Occupational Health and Universal Occupational Health Coverage project for Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Vietnam, 2018
  • Assist planning and organizing the 5th International Conference of Occupational and Environmental Health in Vietnam and presented emergency workers and climate change and rainwater harvesting, the application for climate change adaptation, 2018
  • Presented WHO’s recommendation and guideline on Rainwater harvesting system for climate change adaptation in Wester Pacific Region at the 1st Rainwater for Drinking for ASEAN countries in Vietnam, 2018
  • Provided Basic Occupational Health Service (BOSH) training for healthcare providers and safety officers in Mongolia, 2018

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)