Shufa Du

Shufa Du, MD, PhD

Department of Nutrition
206 West Franklin Street
CB# 8120
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Dr. Shufa Du is a nutritional epidemiologist interested in how underlying factors (education, Income, and genetics) affect dietary behaviors and physical activity/inactivity and in turn health outcomes (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity). His expertise spans medical, dietary, and cardiometabolic arenas. As the project director and an investigator, Dr. Du has been working on an international collaborative cohort study, the China Health and Nutrition Survey, and serving as a mentor on an NIH Fogarty training project, Nutrition-Related Non-communicable Diseases Prevention Training in China, since 1996. Dr. Du has a long-term collaborative relationship with the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which serves as one of the host institutions for students’ global fieldwork internships. 

Research Activities

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Public Health

Key Publications

The food retail revolution in China and its association with diet and health. Zhou Y, Du S, Su C, Zhang B, Wang H, Popkin BM (2015). Food Policy, Aug 1(55), 92-100.

Dietary patterns associated with HbA1c and LDL-cholesterol among individuals with type 1 diabetes in China. Jaacks LM, Crandell J, Mendez MA, Lamichhane AP, Liu W, Ji L, Du S, Rosamond W, Popkin BM, Mayer-Davis EJ (2015). J Diabetes Complications, 29(3), 343-49.

The association between internet and television access and disordered eating in a Chinese sample. Peat CM, Holle AV, Watson HJ, Huang L, Thornton LM, Zhang B, Du S, Kleiman SC, and Bulik CM (2015). International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48(6), 663-69.

Understanding the patterns and trends of sodium intake, potassium intake, and sodium to potassium ratio and their impact on hypertension in China. Du S, Neiman A, Batis C, Wang H, Zhang B, Zhang J and Popkin BM (2014). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 99(2), 334-43.

China in the period of transition from scarcity and extensive undernutrition to emerging nutrition-related non-communicable diseases, 1949–1992. Du SF, Wang HJ, Zhang B, Zhai FY, and Popkin BM (2014). Obesity Reviews, 15(Suppl. 1), 8-15.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nutritional Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • PhD, Epidemiology, Tongji Medical University, 1996
  • MS, Biostatistics, Tongji Medical University, 1990
  • MD, Medicine, Tongji Medical University, 1987