Yan is a public health scientist with over seven years’ experience across multiple areas of global health research. With a background in Health Economics and Public Health, her recent research has focussed on policy implementation and community health systems strengthening, with particular interests in health research systems, health financing, and capacity strengthening.
Yan’s implementation research has seen her living across Africa, Asia, and Europe. While she is currently based in Liverpool (UK), her past experience includes coordinating reproductive, maternal, new-born, and child health services (Ethiopia), and within the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (Philippines).
Currently Yan leads the MUDI Research Project (Multiple Disciplines: cross-cutting capacity development), as part of the International Multidisciplinary Programme to Address Lung Health and TB in Africa programme (IMPALA). Her work here focusses on generating robust evidence to understand best practice in fostering cross-disciplinary research in specific contexts, using Lung Health and TB as a pathfinder. She joined the Centre for Capacity Research (CCR) at LSTM in 2017, and participates in teaching qualitative research methods to post-graduate students at LSTM.
Yan received her PhD. from the University of Heidelberg (Germany), which focused on an economic evaluation of an add-on syndromic surveillance system for the early detection of outbreaks in China. She holds an MSc. in Social Medicine and Health Management from Fudan University (China) and a BSc. in Public Health Management from Harbin Medical University (China).