Measuring disease burden globally and locally, and how Denmark can help

From 2/9/2020

Angela Y. Chang is an Assistant Professor in Human Health and Lifespan at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Southern Denmark.

She received her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, doctoral degree from Harvard University, and postdoctoral training at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.


In this lecture, Angela Y. Chang will cover two topics: a brief overview the Global Burden of Disease project and its current impacts on policymaking worldwide, and her new project measuring experienced disease burden in Denmark.

As seen in the recent coronavirus pandemic, governments worldwide are expected to manage not only the disease burden of COVID-19, but its impact well beyond the realm of health; the economic, social, psychological, healthcare utilization, and welfare impacts have in fact dominated the political discussion in many places. However, the current research perspectives and methods in public health are not equipped to provide policymakers with the evidence needed to inform such decisions.

This new study will address these challenges by quantitatively and systematically measuring experienced disease burden among Danish adults along these broader non-health dimensions.

Angela Y. Chang’s research lies in the areas of global health, health economics, and health metrics. She is committed to reducing health and wealth inequalities globally through her work, and is motivated by the belief that research can provide the inputs needed to inform policies and improve resource allocation, and ultimately, impact population health. Recent works include measuring population aging and capturing the monetary value of changes in health to estimate the economic burden of disease. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and worked with international global health agencies including the World Bank, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.