Former PhD student returns as dean of South Korean graduate school

July 23, 2007
Dr. Young Moon Chae

Dr. Young Moon Chae

Dr. Young Moon Chae, dean of Yonsei University’s Graduate School of Public Health and a 1982 PhD graduate of UNC’s School of Public Health, visited campus recently with 44 of his students and faculty members.

The students included Korean hospital administrators, health insurance officials, cancer center officials and health education consultants.

The group also visited several U.S. hospitals, including UNC Hospitals and Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. They attended a seminar on the U.S. healthcare system, hosted by Dean Harris, PhD, clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration.

Dr. Chae met with several faculty members, including Dean Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH. Dr. Chae was a classmate of two current health policy and administration faculty members, Bruce Fried, PhD, and John Paul, PhD.

“We are delighted that Dr. Chae and his students took time out of their schedules to visit us,” said Harris. “We hope this visit will provide an opportunity to further our growing collaboration with faculty and students in Korea.”

Last December, Harris traveled to Seoul, South Korea, and led seminars at Yonsei University’s School of Public Health and at Catholic University. Harris and Fried also visited Seoul this past June, where they gave lectures at the two universities and at the Samsung Life Insurance Company.

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