Faculty Profile, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan

Faculty Profiles

Yaw-Tang Shih, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Adjunct Investigator
Institute of Population Health Sciences


- Dr.P.H., Columbia University
- M.P.H., School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
- M.D., National Defense Medical Center


- Chairman Professor, Asia University. (2007-present)l Adjunct Principal Investigator, Center for Health Policy Research and Development, National Health Research Institutes.?2006.1-present
- Chairman, National Health Insurance Supervisory Committee, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan R.O.C. (2000.10-2007.2)
- Commissioner, Department of Health, Taiwan Provincial Government
- Vice Minister, Department of Health, the Executive Yuan, R.O.C.
- Executive Dean, National Defense Medical Center (NDMC)
- Dean Academic Affairs, NDMC
- Chairman, Department of Public Health, National Defense Medical Center
- Counselor, Department of Health, the Executive Yuan, R.O.C.


Health policy and health services research.


Since Dr.Shih became Director of DHPR in April of 1999, much of his time has been devoted to strengthening the divisional research expertise. After recruiting a diversified research team, he has converted ideas into Division research projects and have accomplished them by allocating and scheduling the work. Major projects under his supervision were: (1) National Health Interview Survey, (2) Human Subject Protection and Medical Research, (3) WTO's Influence on Taiwan's Future Requirement for Physicians (supported by the Department of Health), (4) International Collaborative Network on Health System Policy Research, and (5) Division Development and Upgrading Domestic Academic Performance in Health Services Research. These projects were based on scientific theory and empirically tested. Results have been submitted and are being reviewed for publication. "National Health Interview Survey" and "International Collaborative Network on Health System Policy Research" were the Division's first domestic and international collaborative projects. They demonstrate the Division's goal to utilize health research resources and to serve as a coordinating center for nationwide health issue research.


- 1997 Dean's Alumni Award: in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Public Health; Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.


1. Shih YT, Shih SF, Chen NS, Lee YSH, Chen CS, Tayback M. A National Survey of Physicians’ Attitudes toward Protecting Human Research Participants in Taiwan. Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 14:42-48, March 2004.

2. Wen CP, Tsai SP, Shih YT, Chung WSI. Bridging the gap in life expectancy of the aborigines in Taiwan. International Journal of Epidemiology, 33:320-327, 2004.

3. Lo KH, Pan LY, Lin MC, Chang HY, Shih YT. The analysis of special physical inactivity, higher energy intakes and body mass index of children in Taiwan: results of 2001 National Health Interview Survey. Taiwan Journal of Public Health, 22(6) :474-482, 2003.

4. Shih YT, Hung YT, Chang HY, Liu JP, Lin HS, Chang MC, Chang FC, Hsiung AC, Wu SL. The design, contents, operation and the characteristics of the respondents of the 2001 National Health Interview Survey in Taiwan. Taiwan Journal of Public Health, 22(6):419-430, 2003.

5. Chung IWS, Chang HY, Shih YT, Wen CP. Self-perceived mental health of Taiwan residents: results of 2001 National Health Interview Survey. Taiwan Journal of Public Health, 22(6):465-473, 2003.

6. Hsu CC, Hsu HM, Shu CC, Shih YT, Tai TY. Factors contributing to health behaviors among the elderly in Taiwan. Taiwan Journal of Public Health, 22(6):441-452, 2003.

7. Pan LY, Chang HY, Shih YT. The 2001 National Health Interview Survey: geographic variation and family aggregation of helmet use among children aged 6 to 12 in Taiwan. Taiwan Journal of Public Health, 22(6):483-491, 2003.