Lee-Nah Hsu, Adjunct Professor, Master of Public Health, Sacramento Campus, School of Nursing and Health Professions, USF

Lee-Nah Hsu

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Lee-Nah Hsu, upon returning to the United States in 2016, is an adjunct faculty at the School’s Public Health Program. Prior to joining the University, she worked with the United Nations on developing health and social policies and programs in Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe. She combines her global health, legal and epidemiology expertise to promote transdisciplinary solutions in addressing the challenges of planetary health. In addition to doctoral degrees in Juris Prudence, and in Public Health Policy and Management from Harvard University, she holds Masters’ degrees in Public Health, and in Family Practice from Yale University.

Dr. Hsu, in the past three decades, has been advocating and creating enabling environments to empower communities and governments in protecting ecosystem health for building healthy, just and resilient societies globally. During those decades, she was affiliated with academic & research institutions in U.S., Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Thailand, OSCE-Central Asia, and the United Nations.


  • Governance
  • Planetary & Ecosystems Health
  • Global Health Policy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Resilience Building

Research Areas

  • International Labour Standards
  • Mainstreaming social dialogue-- tripartism
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation certification, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Internet security
  • Social Protection, International Training Centre, Turin, Italy
  • Conflict resolution, Management Skills Development, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Implementing through people, Human Resource Development course, Geneva
  • Gender Audit, ILO Geneva, Switzerland
  • English writing for the United Nations, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
  • Health systems strengthening, KITS, The Netherlands
  • TB-HIV co-infection management, WHO TB collaboration centre, Sondalo, Italy
  • Inspiring confidence, Management skills training, Switzerland
  • Media communication, McLaughlin, Ottawa, Canada
  • Negotiation for conflict resolution, Harvard University
  • Bioethics, Georgetown University, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
  • Clinical psycho-social care and counseling, Southern Illinois University Medical School
  • Occupational Health Epidemiology and Policy, UC Los Angeles School of Public Health
  • One Health System & Policy


  • Suffolk University, JD, 1985
  • Harvard University, ScD, 1983
  • Harvard University, MPH, 1980
  • Yale University, MSc in Community Health Nursing, 1979
  • Health Sciences University of Oregon, BSc, 1977

Prior Experience

  • Senior Scientist, International Labour Organization
  • Regional Director, South East Asia Regional Program, United Nations Development Program
  • Scientist, United Nations Organization for Drugs and Crimes
  • Scientist, World Health Organization
  • Visiting Professor, Associate Faculty: OECD Academy, Tajikistan; Simon Frazer University, Canada; Mahidol University, Thailand

Awards & Distinctions

  • Resilience and Sustainable Health Systems Expert Panel, the Global Fund, 2017-2020
  • Oslo Governance Fellow, 2004
  • Convenor, the United Nations Regional Taskforce on Population Mobility and Development, 2000-2004
  • Cross-cutting issues expert panel, the GFATM, 2004-2007

Selected Publications

  • Technical Review Panel (2018), Report on Investment in Resilient and Sustainable System for Health, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, November
  • Hsu, Lee-Nah, Howard R.,Torriente A., Por C. (2016), Creating an enabling environment for occupational safety and health of entertainment workers in Cambodia, New Horizon – an occupational and environmental health journal
  • Torriente, A., Tadion, A., Hsu, Lee-Nah (2016), Opening the door to zero new HIV infections in closed settings, Health and Human Rights Journal, February (electronic), June (print version)
  • Hsu, Lee-Nah (2014), Occupational Health and Safety Chapter, HealthWise, International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization Joint publication
  • ILO, UNAIDS (2014), Access to and effects of social protection on workers living with HIV and their households: An analytical report, June