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Faculty and Staff Profile

Lingling Zhang

Assistant Professor

Office: 515 Edwards Hall
Phone: 864-656-1218

 Educational Background

ScD International Health Systems
Harvard University School of Public Health 2011

MS Health Care Policy and Manaegment
Carnegie Mellon University 2004

MPA Public Administration
Kansas State University 2003

Bachelor of Law Economic Law
Central University of Finance and Economics 2000

 Courses Taught

Research and Evaluation Strategies in Public Health
Health Finance and Budgeting for Healthcare Organizations
Health Information Systems
International Health Systems
Creative Inquiry


The focus of my research is to pursue a more equitable, accessible, and affordable healthcare delivery model with innovative approaches and better quality. My major professional affiliations include: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sun Yat-sen University Global Health Institute, School of Public Health, Guangzhou, China; Faculty Fellow of Spiro Institute for Entrepreneur Leadership, Clemson University; Faculty Associate of the Institute for Engaged Aging, Clemson University. I am serving on the editorial board for Journal of China Health Human Resources and China Health Review.

 Research Interests

Access to Care, Community-based Health Research, Human Resources for Health, Aging, Quality of Care, Rural Health, Health Financing, mHealth

 Research Publications

Qin H, Zhang L, Zhang L, et al. Proportion of children having been breastfed: findings from the first health service household interview of Hunan Province, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (in press).
Zhou J, Zhang L*. Is “Happy Long-term Care Model” a good choice for rural China? – An experimental research on the R region in Western China. Journal of China Rural Survey. 2016, Vol.5. (*corresponding author)
Zhang L, Bossert T, Mahal A, Hu GQ, Qing G, and Liu YL. Attitudes Towards Primary Health Care Among The Chinese Medical Students. BMC Fam Pract. 2016 Jul 16;17(1):75.
Tian DP, Sun L, Zhang L, et al. Large urban-rural disparity in the severity of two-week illness: updated results based on the first health service survey of Hunan Province, China. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2016; 15:37.
Liu ZF, Yuan LX, Huang YX*, Zhang L*, and Luo FT. Development of Chinese Version of Hospital Autonomy Questionnaire. BMJ Open. 2016; 6:e010504. (*corresponding author)
Zhang L, Zhang W, Zhang L, et al. Association of undergoing a routine medical examination or not with prevalence rates of hypertension and diabetes mellitus: a cross-sectional study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Jun 23;13(7).
Zhang DL, Shi L, Fang T, and Zhang L. Care Utilization with China's New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme: Updated Evidence from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study 2011 – 2012. Int J Behav Med. 2016 Apr 21.
Zhong SK, Liu ZF, Zhang L, et al. Study of the Influence Factors of Pre- hospital Emergency Response Time in Guangzhou City Center Based on Quantile Regression Analysis. Chinese Hospital Management. 2016,36(11):59-63.
Zhang L, Medical hierarchy in professional ranking and its implications in China. China Health Review. 2014, 5(2): 16-17
Zhang L, Human Resources for Health for Maternal and Child Health in China (book chapter). Government Financing and Cost Assessment on Maternal and Child Health Care Services in China, Science Press, 2012.
Zhang L, The Medical Professionalism Perspective, Journal of China Health Human Resources. 2012, 174(10): 52.
Zhang L, The Pursuit of a Win-win Integrated Health Care Delivery System. Journal of China Health Human Resources. 2012, 169(5):25.
Peng MN, Hu G, Dong J, Zhang L, Liu B, and Sun Z. Employment-related anxiety and depression in senior college students in China. Journal of Central South University. 2010, 35(3):194-202.
Anand S, Fan V, Zhang J, Zhang L, Dong Z, Ke Y, Chen L. China’s human resources for health: quantity, quality, and distribution. Lancet. 2008, 372(9651):1774-81.
Hu G, Zhang L, Sun Z. The paradox of China's health workforces: oversupply vs. scarcity. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2008, 29(4):477-9.
Zhang L. Preliminary Analysis on Community Human Resources for Health in China (book chapter). Building a Healthy Society for All, Peking Union Medical College Press, 2008.
Chen L, Zhang, L. Aging of Populations: Is China’s Pattern Unique? (book chapter) Global Health and Global Aging, Jossey-Bass, 2007.

 Honors and Awards

Residency Fellowship on “Equitable Access to Geriatric Mental Health Services”, Brocher Foundation, Switzerland 2015
Curricular Internationalization Seed Funding, Clemson University 2014
Fellowship of Young Leaders Training and Research Program in Regional Cooperation and Development, Northeast Asia Economic Forum 2009
Michael Von Clemm Travelling Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health 2008
The Winning Team in Social Enterprise Track, Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest 2007
Winner of Young Voices in Research for Health Global Essay Competition, Lancet/Global Forum For Health 2007