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 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 School of Public Health)

Mr. Ahn Ki-jong (President, Korea Leukemia Patient Association)

Ms. Hyun Jeong-hee (Senior Vice-Chair, Korean Public & Social Services and Transportation Worker’s Union)

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

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

Dr. Kim Yong-jin (President, Health Right Network)

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

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

Ms. Song Mi-ok (Past President, Korean Pharmacists for Democratic Society)

Mr. Yang Bong-seok (Director, Patients’ Welfare Center)


Audit Committee

Mr. Lee Moon-seob (Certified Tax Accountant)





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


Center for Globalization and Health Research

Kim Sae-rom, MD, Ph.D Candidate

Health Policy


Center for Community Health Research

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

Community Health


Seo Sang-hee, MA

Public Health, Child Welfare


Kim Seong-yi, MA, MPH, Ph.D Candidate

Health Policy


Young Fellow

Ryu Han-so, MA




Adjunct Researchers

Dr. Jeong Jin-joo (Ehwa Womans University, Gender and Health)

Dr. JeongChoi Kyung-hee (Ehwa Womans University, Social Epidemiology)

Dr. Seo Je-hee (Hanyang University, Epidemiology)



Rights to Health and Social Justice

Health Reform and Policies

Civil Society and Health-related Activities

Inequity in Health