Kenneth Chui, PhD, MPH, MS


Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.0853
Fax: 617.636.4017


PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
MS/MPH Food Policy and Applied Nutrition/ Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts School of Medicine
BSc in Food and Nutritional Sciences : Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Focus:

Dr. Chui is a methodologist with expertise in research design, data analysis, and innovative approaches to data visualization. He brings this expertise to a variety of research projects, including the evaluation of physical activity and nutrition interventions for children, the examination of epidemics in the US including opioid overdoses and hepatitis C infections, and testing the effectiveness of food aid formulas to combat and prevent childhood wasting. His past work has been  wide-ranging in terms of topics— from electrical signals in muscle fibers to US weather systems; scale—from 20 participants to more than 200 million medical billing records; and geography—from US health care delivery system evaluation to multi-country randomized controlled trials.

While in the training to become a food scientist in Hong Kong, Dr. Chui became interested in quantitative methods after working as a coordinator for a population base phone survey on nutrition knowledge and behavior. As a member of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentration, Dr. Chui strives to recreate the very inspiration he experienced in his course Intermediate Biostatistics. Seeking to foster professionalism in his students and preparing them for a variety of work settings, he incorporates real-life data and emphasizes the importance of reproducible research in his teaching. In 2014, he was awarded the Tufts Teaching with Technology Award for using a wiki system in his class which acts as a collaboratively built and perpetually evolving knowledge base.

Dr. Chui had served as the Councilor of the APHA Aging and Public Health Section (2015–2017) and was the Program Planner of the same section for the 2016 and 2017 APHA annual meetings.

Select Publications:

Brown AG, Hudson LB, Chui K, Metayer N, Lebron-Torres N, Seguin RA, Folta SC. Improving heart health among Black/African American women using civic engagement: a pilot study. BMC public health. 2017;17(1):112.

Chomitz VR, Brown A, Lee V, Must A, Chui KKH. Healthy Living Behaviors Among Chinese-American Preschool-Aged Children: Results of a Parent Survey. Journal of immigrant and minority health. 2017.

Conrad Z, Chui K, Jahns L, Peters CJ, Griffin TS. Characterizing trends in fruit and vegetable intake in the USA by self-report and by supply-and-disappearance data: 2001-2014. Public health nutrition. 2017:1-6.

Conrad Z, Karlsen M, Chui K, Jahns L. Diet quality on meatless days: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2007-2012. Public health nutrition. 2017:1-10.

Corcoran MP, Nelson ME, Sacheck JM, Reid KF, Kirn D, Fielding RA, Chui KK, Folta SC. Efficacy of an Exercise and Nutritional Supplement Program on Physical Performance and Nutritional Status in Older Adults With Mobility Limitations Residing at Senior Living Facilities. Journal of aging and physical activity. 2017:1-32.

Kulinkina AV, Plummer JD, Chui KKH, Kosinski KC, Adomako-Adjei T, Egorov AI, Naumova EN. Physicochemical parameters affecting the perception of borehole water quality in Ghana. International journal of hygiene and environmental health. 2017;220(6):990-7.

Liss A, Wu R, Chui KK, Naumova EN. Heat-Related Hospitalizations in Older Adults: An Amplified Effect of the First Seasonal Heatwave. Scientific reports. 2017;7:39581.

Rogers BL, Wilner LB, Maganga G, Walton SM, Suri DJ, Langlois BK, Chui KK, Boiteau JM, Vosti SA, Webb P. Program changes are effective and cost-effective in increasing the amount of oil used in preparing corn soy blend porridge for treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in Malawi. Maternal & child nutrition. 2017.

Stopka TJ, Goulart MA, Meyers DJ, Hutcheson M, Barton K, Onofrey S, Church D, Donahue A, Chui KKH. Identifying and characterizing hepatitis C virus hotspots in Massachusetts: a spatial epidemiological approach. BMC infectious diseases. 2017;17(1):294.

Wilner L, Wells E, Ritter M, Casimir JM, Chui K, Lantagne D. Sustained use in a relief-to-recovery household water chlorination program in Haiti: comparing external evaluation findings with internal supervisor and community health worker monitoring data. J Water Sanit Hyg De. 2017;7(1):56-66.

Wurcel AG, Chen DD, Chui KKH, Knox TA. "Tweak Your Order Set!" Implementation of Modified Laboratory Order Set Improves Hepatitis C Virus Screening Rates in People Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Open forum infectious diseases. 2017;4(2):ofx098.