William Kuang Yao Pan

William Kuang Yao Pan

Associate Professor of Global Environmental Health

William Pan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Health, joined the faculty at Duke in 2011. He holds a joint appointment at DGHI and the Nicholas School of Environment, and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Pan’s research interests focuses on Population, Health, and Environmental interactions in developing countries, with particular interest in translational research directed toward sustainable development activities and global environmental health. He has worked in countries throughout Latin America and Africa on topics ranging from land use change, reproductive health, migration, tuberculosis, HIV, enteric infections, and childhood nutrition. Pan received his doctoral training in Biostatistics from UNC-Chapel Hill with a focus on demography and spatial analysis. He also received a Master of Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

In The News


Pizzitutti, F, Pan, W, Feingold, B, Zaitchik, B, Álvarez, CA, and Mena, CF. "Out of the net: An agent-based model to study human movements influence on local-scale malaria transmission." Plos One 13, no. 3 (January 2018): e0193493-null.
Wyatt, L, Ortiz, EJ, Feingold, B, Berky, A, Diringer, S, Morales, AM, Jurado, ER, Hsu-Kim, H, and Pan, W. "Spatial, Temporal, and Dietary Variables Associated with Elevated Mercury Exposure in Peruvian Riverine Communities Upstream and Downstream of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14, no. 12 (December 15, 2017).
Hoest, C, Seidman, JC, Lee, G, Platts-Mills, JA, Ali, A, Olortegui, MP, Bessong, P, Chandyo, R, Babji, S, Mohan, VR, Mondal, D, Mahfuz, M, Mduma, ER, Nyathi, E, Abreu, C, Miller, MA, Pan, W, Mason, CJ, Knobler, SL, and MAL-ED Network Investigators, . "Vaccine coverage and adherence to EPI schedules in eight resource poor settings in the MAL-ED cohort study." Vaccine 35, no. 3 (January 2017): 443-451.
Pan, WK, and López-Carr, D. "Land use as a mediating factor of fertility in the Amazon." Population and Environment 38, no. 1 (September 2016): 21-46.
Lee, C, Whetten, K, Omer, S, Pan, W, and Salmon, D. "Hurdles to herd immunity: Distrust of government and vaccine refusal in the US, 2002-2003." Vaccine 34, no. 34 (July 2016): 3972-3978.

Recent Grants


ARTS&SCI 795: Bass Connections: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ARTS&SCI 795: Bass Connections: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
GLHLTH 393: Research Independent Study in Global Health (GLHLTH 393: Research Independent Study in Global Health)
GLHLTH 791: Independent Study in Global Health (GLHLTH 791: Independent Study in Global Health)
ENVIRON 637S: Population and Environmental Dynamics Influencing Health (ENVIRON 637S: Population and Environmental Dynamics Influencing Health)

Contact Information

90519, 310 Trent Drive, Rm 227
Durham, NC 27708
310 Trent Drive, Room 227, Box 90519
Durham, NC 27708


DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003)