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About Isaac Chun-Hai Fung

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Isaac Chun-Hai Fung is a digital health expert and an infectious disease epidemiologist. He analyses social media data for public health surveillance and health communication and uses digital technologies for public health interventions. He investigates the transmission of communicable diseases with a focus on respiratory infections and environmentally transmitted infections. He applied a variety of methods, from classical statistical methods to machine learning and mathematical modeling, to address public health problems and to provide solutions to policy-makers. He is especially interested in assisting public health agencies in their responses to public health emergencies. He is currently a guest researcher with the Health Economics and Modeling Unit, Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Examples of his recent projects include: Surveillance of unplanned school closures through social media platforms, Analysis of social media posts pertinent to public health emergencies, such as Ebola, MERS and Zika.

Dr. Fung was a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow at the CDC (2011-13) and a postdoc at the University of Georgia Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2009-11). He earned his PhD from the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, and his MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was a graduate of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge.

Disciplines: Epidemiology
Teaching Interests: Epidemiology of Infectious diseases; mathematical modeling of infectious disease transmission dynamics; social network analysis; social media data analysis


2018 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences
2013 - 2017 Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Georgia Southern University


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  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases Transmitted via Bodily Fluids (EPID 9132)
  • Social Media Health Communications & Data Analysis (PUBH 7890)
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases of Direct Interpersonal Transmission (EPID 9131)
  • Epidemiology (PUBH 6533)
  • Social Media and Public Health (PUBH 7890)
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (EPID 7135)
  • Epidemiological Research Methods I (EPID 7133)
  • Advanced Infectious Disease Epidemiology (PUBH 7890)


2005 - 2009 Ph.D. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London
2004 - 2005 M.S. in Control of Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2000 - 2003 B.A. in Natural Sciences (Biological), University of Cambridge

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-2674
Office: Hendricks Hall


Publications (102)