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Full-time Faculty Distinguished Professor
Zhihui LI

Zhihui LI, Associate Professor, Ph.D mentor

Global health governance and development health assistance; Socioeconomic determinants of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health


1)Doctoral degree, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Global Health and Population Department (Sept 2015 - May 2019)

2)Master degree, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Global Health and Population Department (Sept 2012- May 2014)

3)Bachelor of Economics, Peking University (Sept 2008 - July 2012)

4)Bachelor of Engineering, Peking University (Sept 2007 - July 2012)


1)Postdoc, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences (July 2019 – July 2020)

2)President assistant, China Medical Board (Aug 2013 – May 2019), part-time

3)Consultant,Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (June 2016 – July 2017), part-time

4)Research Assistant, Cambridge Health Alliance (Sep 2014 – Sep 2015)


1)Global health governance and development health assistance

2)Socioeconomic and behavioral determinants of population health

3)Determinants of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health

4)Chinese development health assistance in Covid-19


Zhihui Li, Wang H, Chen S, Kong Y, Xie L, Zhang X, Lu C, Subramanian SV, Cohen JL, Atun R. The association of a disability-targeted cash transfer programme with disability status and health-care access: a quasi-experimental study using a nationwide cohort of 4· 3 million Chinese adults living with severe disabilities. The Lancet Public Health. 2023 Dec 1;8(12):e933-42.

Ning Ma, Shaoru Chen, Kuhao Kong, Zekun Chen, Pascal Geldsetzer, Huatang Zeng, Liqun Wu, Fernando C. Wehrmeister, Chunling Lu, SV Subramanian, Yi Song, Zhihui Li*. Prevalence and changes of intimate partner violence against women aged 15 to 49 years in 53 low-income and middle-income countries from 2000 to 2021: a secondary analysis of population-based surveys. The Lancet Global Health. 2023 Dec 1;11(12):e1863-73.

Zekun Chen, Smriti Sharma, Shaoru Chen, Rockli Kim, S V Subramanian, and Zhihui Li*. Prevalence, trend, and inequality of prolonged exclusive breastfeeding among children aged 6-23 months old in India from 1992-2021: a cross-sectional study of nationally representative, individual-level data. Journal of Global Health (Accepted).

Shaoru Chen, Richardson S, Kong Y, Ma N, Zhao A, Song Y, Lu C, Subramanian SV, Zhihui Li*. Association Between Parental Education and Simultaneous Malnutrition Among Parents and Children in 45 Low-and Middle-Income Countries. JAMA Network Open. 2023 Jan 3;6(1):e2251727-.

Chen Z, Yang H, Wang D, Sudfeld CR, Zhao A, Xin Y, Chen JC, Fawzi WW, Xing Y, Zhihui Li*. Effect of Oral Iron Supplementation on Cognitive Function among Children and Adolescents in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients. 2022 Dec 15;14(24):5332.

Wang H, Zhihui Li*, Chen S, Qin W, Xie L, Kong Y, Cohen J, Lu C, Liang W. The effect of a disability-targeted cash transfer program on universal health coverage and universal access to education: A nationwide cohort study of Chinese children and adolescents with disabilities. The Lancet Regional Health-Western Pacific. 2022 Nov 15:100635.

Yang HH, Li FR, Chen ZK, Zhou MG, Xie LF, Jin YY, Zhihui Li*, Chen GC. Duration of Diabetes, Glycemic Control, and Risk of Heart Failure Among Adults With Diabetes: A Cohort Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2022 Nov. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36383477.

Yang HH, Chen GC, Zhou MG, Xie LF, Jin YY, Chen HT, Chen ZK, Kong YH, Yuan CZ, Zhihui Li*. Association of age at first birth and risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in women: evidence from the NHANES. Hepatology International. 2022 Oct 13:1-0.

Zhihui Li*, Yuhao Kong, Shaoru Chen, Maya Subramanian, Chunling Lu, Rockli Kim, Fernando C. Wehrmeister, Yi Song, S.V. Subramanian. Independent and cumulative effects of risk factors associated with stillbirths in 50 low- and middle-income countries: A multi-country cross-sectional study. eClinicalMedicine (part of THE LANCET Discovery Science). Volume 54, 2022: 101706.

Yang Y, Na X, Xi Y, Xi M, Yang H, Zhihui Li*, Zhao A. Association between dairy consumption and the risk of diabetes: A prospective cohort study from the China Health and Nutrition Survey. Frontiers in nutrition. 2022 Sep 1;9.

M Sung, J He, Q Zhou, Y Chen, JS Ji, H Chen, Zhihui Li*. "Using an Integrated Framework to Investigate the Facilitators and Barriers of Health Information Technology Implementation in Noncommunicable Disease Management: Systematic Review." Journal of medical Internet research. 2022 Jul 20;24(7):e37338.

J Gao, L Wang, H Liang, Y He, S Zhang, Y Wang, Zhihui Li*, Y Ma. "The association between a combination of healthy lifestyles and the risks of hypertension and dyslipidemia among adults-evidence from the Northeast of China." Nutrition, metabolism, and cardiovascular diseases. 2022 May;32(5):1138-1145.

Y Huang, H Kou, Y Kong, X Shan, S Wu, X Chen, X Lin, L Zhang, F Lv, Zhihui Li*. "The effectiveness of portable ultrasound-guided resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta for stopping iliac artery hemorrhage during first aid pre-hospital: a randomized control animal trial." European journal of trauma and emergency surgery. 2022 Apr 12.

M Li, Zhihui Li*, CM Yip. "Informal payments and patients’ perceptions of the physician agency problem: Evidence from rural China." Social Science & Medicine. 2022 Apr;298:114853.

Zhihui Li*, X Zhou, S Ran, FC Wehrmeister. "Social protection and the level and inequality of child mortality in 101 low-and middle-income countries: A statistical modelling analysis." Journal of Global Health. 2021 Oct 23;11:04067.

Zhihui Li, M Kapoor, R Kim, SV Subramanian. "Association of maternal history of neonatal death with subsequent neonatal death across 56 low-and middle-income countries." Scientific reports. 2021 Oct 7;11(1):19919.

Zhihui Li, R Kim, SV Subramanian. "Economic-related inequalities in child health interventions: An analysis of 65 low-and middle-income countries." Social Science & Medicine. 2021 May;277:113816.

Zhihui Li, O Karlsson, R Kim, SV Subramanian. "Distribution of under-5 deaths in the neonatal, postneonatal, and childhood periods: a multicountry analysis in 64 low-and middle-income countries." International journal for equity in health. 2021 Apr 26;20(1):109.

Zhihui Li#*, W Qin#, V Patel*. "Associations of parental depression during adolescence with cognitive development in later life, in China: a population-based cohort study." Plos Medicine. 2021 Jan 11;18(1):e1003464.

Zhihui Li, G Patton, F Sabet, SV Subramanian, C Lu. "Maternal healthcare coverage for first pregnancies in adolescent girls: a systematic comparison with adult mothers in household surveys across 105 countries, 2000–2019." BMJ Global Health. 2020 Oct ;5(10):e002373.

Zhihui Li*, WW Fawzi, JL Cohen, S Verguet. "Equity and Distributional Impact on Stunting of a Nutritional Package Targeting Children Aged 6-36 Months in China: Findings from a Modeling Study." Nutrients. 2020 Aug 30;12(9):2643.

Zhihui Li, R Kim, S Vollmer, SV Subramanian. "Factors Associated with Child Stunting, Wasting, and Underweight in 35 Low- and Middle-Income Countries." JAMA network open. 2020 Apr 1;3(4):e203386.

Zhihui Li, G Patton, F Sabet, Z Zhou, SV Subramanian, C Lu. "Contraceptive Use in Adolescent Girls and Adult Women in Low-and Middle-Income Countries." JAMA network open. 2020 Feb 5;3(2):e1921437.

Zhihui Li, X Li, CR Sudfeld, Y Liu, K Tang, Y Huang, W Fawzi. "The Effect of the Yingyangbao Complementary Food Supplement on Nutritional Status of Infants and Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." Nutrients. 2019 Oct 8;11(10):2404.

Zhihui Li, L Richter, C Lu. "Tracking development assistance for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in conflict-affected countries." BMJ Global Health. 2019 Aug 31;4(4):e001614.

Zhihui Li, M Li, GC Patton, C Lu. "Global Development Assistance for Adolescent Health From 2003 to 2015." JAMA network open. 2018 Aug 3;1(4):e181072.

Zhihui Li*, L Chen, M Li, J Cohen. "Prenatal exposure to sand and dust storms and children's cognitive function in China: a quasi-experimental study." The Lancet Planetary Health. 2018 May;2(5):e214-e222.

Zhihui Li, Y Jiang, M Li, C Lu. "Inequalities in socio-emotional development and positive parenting during childhood: Evidence from China 2010-2014." Social Science & Medicine–Population Health. 2018 May 5;5:8-16.

Zhihui Li*, M Li, G Fink, P Bourne, T Bärnighausen, and R Atun. "User-fee-removal improves equity of children’s healthcare utilization and reduces families’ financial burden - evidence from Jamaica." Journal of Global Health. 2017 Jun;7(1):010502.

Zhihui Li, M Li, SV Subramanian, and C Lu. "Assessing levels and trends of inequality in child health outcomes and the coverage of child health interventions in developing countries: from 2000 to 2014." Global Health Action. 2017;10(1):1408385.

Lv R, Huang Y, Huang S, Wu S, Wang S, Hu G, Ma Y, Song P, Chavarro JE, Subramanian SV, Lu C, Zhihui Li, Changzheng Yuan. Associations between parental adherence to healthy lifestyles and cognitive performance in offspring: A prospective cohort study in China. Chinese Medical Journal. 2023 Oct 27:10-97.

Ji JS, Chen R, Cheng F, Huang C, Zhihui Li, Luo S, Tang K, Yin Q, Zhao A, Zhu J, Liang W. World Health Forum 2022 at Tsinghua University. The Lancet. 2022 Nov 12;400(10364):1677-8.

J Gausman, R Kim, Zhihui Li, et al. "Comparison of Child Undernutrition Anthropometric Indicators Across 56 Low- and Middle-Income Countries." JAMA network open. 2022 Mar 1;5(3):e221223.

A Zhu, H Chen, J Shen, X Wang, Zhihui Li, A Zhao, X Shi, L Yan, Y Zeng, C Yuan, JS Ji. "Interaction between plant-based dietary pattern and air pollution on cognitive function: a prospective cohort analysis of Chinese older adults." The Lancet regional health - Western Pacific. 2022 Jan 5;20:100372.

D Emmers, Q Jiang, H Xue, Y Zhang, Y Zhang, Y Zhao, B Liu, SE Dill, Y Qian, N Warrinnier, H Johnstone, J Cai, X Wang, L Wang, R Luo, G Li, J Xu, M Liu, Y Huang, W Shan, Zhihui Li, Y Zhang, S Sylvia, Y Ma, A Medina, S Rozelle. "Early childhood development and parental training interventions in rural China: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMJ global health. 2021 Aug;6(8):e005578.

A Jain, J Rodgers, Zhihui Li, R Kim, SV Subramanian. "Multilevel analysis of geographic variation among correlates of child undernutrition in India." Maternal & child nutrition. 2021 Jul;17(3):e13197.

F Yang, Zhihui Li, SV Subramianian, C Lu. "Assessment of Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and Association With Socioeconomic Disparities Among Young Women in Low-and Middle-Income Countries, 2003 to 2018." JAMA network open. 2021 Jan 4;4(1):e2035000.

J Jeong, Zhihui Li. "The Association Between Fathers’ Depression and Children’s Socioemotional Development: Evidence from a Longitudinal Household Survey in China." Prevention Science. 2020 Jul;21(5):672-680.

C Lu, J Cuartas, G Fink, D McCoy, K Liu , Zhihui Li, B Daelmans, L Richter. "Inequalities in early childhood care and development in low/middle-income countries: 2010–2018." BMJ Global Health. 2020 Feb 4;5(2):e002314.

C Lu, Zhihui Li, V Patel. "Global child and adolescent mental health: the orphan of development assistance for health." Plos Medicine. 2018 Mar 9;15(3):e1002524.

K Tang, Zhihui Li, W Li, L Chen. "China's Silk Road and global health." The Lancet. 2017 Dec 9; 390 (10112):2595-601.

C Lu, A Chu, Zhihui Li, J Shen, SV Subramanian, and K Hill. "Assessing development assistance for child survival between 2000 and 2014: A multi-sectoral perspective." PLoS One. 2017 Jul 11;12(7):e0178887.

BL Cook, NH Trinh, Zhihui Li, SS Hou, and AM. Progovac. "Trends in Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care, 2004–2012." Psychiatric Services. 2017 Jan 1;68(1):9-16.

P Liu, Y Guo, X Qian, S Tang, Zhihui Li, L Chen. "China's distinctive engagement in global health." The Lancet. 2014 Sep 27;384(9949):1186.

J Hou, C Michaud, Zhihui Li et al. "Transformation of the education of health professionals in China: progress and challenges." The Lancet.2014;384(9945):819-827.