Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD is trained as a physician epidemiologist and a decision scientist, with expertise in chronic disease prevention, population health, and health policy. Dr. Wang's research often applies mathematical modeling to synthesize evidence for informing policy and practice. She is particularly interested in the distribution of modifiable risk factors (e.g. diet, physical activity, and smoking) and their joint implications on disease burden in the whole population and between demographic subgroups. Her present research focuses on developing and evaluating policies to promote healthy choices, especially in terms of cost-effectiveness and downstream health and cost impact. She co-founded the Obesity Prevention Initiative, a cross-disciplinary team focusing on environmental and policy approaches to preventing obesity at the community level. She also co-directs the MPH certificate in Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research. In 2015-2016, she was selected as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow, serving in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She recently completed projects related to health IT interoperability and quality measurement as Senior Program Advisor at the National Academy of Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from National Taiwan University and her doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health.
ScD, 2005, Harvard School of Public Health
MSc, 2001, Harvard School of Public Health
MD, 2000, National Taiwan University
Areas of Expertise
Outcomes Research, Systems Science, Adolescent Health, Cancer Screening, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Life-course Approach to Prevention, Risk Factors, Food Policy, Obesity
Select Urban Health Activities
Wang YC, DeSalvo KB. Timely, Granular, and Actionable: Informatics in the Public Health 3.0 Era. American Journal of Public Health. Publish online ahead of print, May 17, 2018: e1-e5.
DeSalvo KB, Wang YC, Harris A, Auerbach J, Koo D, O’Carroll P. Public Health 3.0: A call to action for public health to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2017; 14: E78.
Wang YC, Pamplin J, Long MW, Ward Z, Gortmaker SL, Andreyeva T. Severe Obesity In Adults Cost State Medicaid Programs Nearly $8 Billion in 2013. Health Affairs. 2015; 34 (11): 1923-1931
Wang YC, Vine S. Caloric Impact of A 16-ounce Portion Size Cap on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Served in Restaurants. American Journal for Clinical Nutrition. 2013; 98(1)
Wang YC, Hsiao A, Orleans CT, Gortmaker S. The Caloric Calculator: Average Caloric Impact of Childhood Obesity Interventions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013; 45(2): e3-e13
Wang YC, Coxson P, Shen Y, Goldman L, Bibbins-Domingo, K. Potential Impact on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases from a One-Penny-per-Ounce Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Health Affairs. 2012; 31(1):199-207.
Wang YC, Orleans T, Gortmaker SL. Reaching the Healthy People Goals for Reducing Childhood Obesity: Closing the Energy Gap. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012; 42(5): 437-444
Wang YC, Cheung AM, Bibbins-Domingo K, Prosser LA, Cook NR, Goldman L, Gillman MW "Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Blood Pressure Screening in Adolescents in the United States." Journal of Pediatrics 158 257-264 2011
Wang, Y.C., Bleich, S., Gortmaker, S.G. "Increasing Caloric Contribution from Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and 100% Fruit Juices among US Children and Adolescents" Pediatrics 121 e1604-e1614 2008
Wang, Y.C., Gortmaker, S.G., Sobol A.M., Kuntz, K.M. "Estimating the Energy Gap among US Children: A Counterfactual Approach" Pediatrics 118 (6) 1721-1733 2006