The People’s Health Institute (PHI), a progressive non-profit research institute, was founded in 2006 based on the initiatives of health activists, researchers, and leaders of civic organizations. In accordance with the vision, PHI generates and disseminates information to support people’s decision-making from the perspectives of social justice and equitable health.




The PHI envisions health for all and health with all, to be a national and international center for excellence in our research areas and be recognized nationally and internationally for our contribution towards more just and equitable health.




Board of Directors

Dr. Kim Chang-yup (Chair and Director of PHI, Professor, Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health)

Dr. Kim Kyoung-il (Former President, Seoul Dongbu Hospital)

Dr. Kim Joon-hyun (President, Health Right Network)

Dr. Kim Heegirl (Professor, Gacheon University, Department of Nursing)

Dr. Bae Eun-young (Professor, Kyungsang University, Department of Pharmacy)

Dr. Song In-han (Professor, Yonsei University, Department of Social Welfare)

Ms. Yoo Ji-Hyun (Chair, Korean Health and Medical Worker’s Union)

Mr. Lee Chang-gon (Reporter, Hankyoreh News)


Audit Committee

Mr. Lee Moon-seob (Certified Tax Accountant)

Dr. Choi Yong-jun (Professor, Hanlim University, Department of Medicine)





Kim Chang-yup (Professor, Seoul National University School of Public Health)

Health Policy, Health reform


Center for Health Equity Research

Kim Myoung-hee, MD, MPH, Ph.D

Epidemiology, Public Health


Lee Ju-yeon, MS

Health Policy, Planning and Financing


Center for Health Policy Research

Kim Sun, MS, Ph.D

Health Policy and Management, Health Economics


Kim Seong-yi, MA, MPH, Ph.D Candidate

Health Policy


Center for Globalization and Health Research

Kim Sae-rom, MD, Ph.D Candidate

Health Policy


Park Gun-hee, MD, Ph.D

Health Policy, Global Health


Center for Community Health Research

Cho Won-sup, BSN, MPH, Ph.D

Community Health


Seo Sang-hee, MA

Public Health, Child Welfare


Ryu Han-so, MA



Invited Researchers

Dr. Sohn Jeong-in



Rights to Health and Social Justice

Health Reform and Policies

Civil Society and Health-related Activities

Inequity in Health