CPH’s focus is to reduce the public’s suffering due to disease. Areas of research in which CPH has played a leading role have included: controlling the incidence of goiters in Taiwan through salt iodization, the control and prevention of Blackfoot disease, finding the causes of occupational diseases, carrying out large-scale studies of nasopharyngeal carcinoma, the prevention of hepatitis and liver cancer, the development of standards for arsenic levels in water, the detection and control of occupational toxins, promoting elderly care through the National Health Insurance system, prevention of the harmful effects of tobacco, and carrying out genetic and environmental studies. The combined results of these studies from NTU have not only improved the health and quality of life of the public, but have also made significant contributions to the field of public health.
Faculty at CPH have also conducted breakthrough research studies; in addition to being published in renowned journals, CPH also seeks to increase the volume of papers published, the number of citations for each paper, as well as increase the quality of published research. In terms of research projects, in addition to research in their own fields of specialty, faculty at CPH also actively participate in interdisciplinary research as well as international collaboration.
< Ms. Yu-Hwei Tseng, a PhD candidate in HPM, conducted her research in Bangladesh. The pictures showed that the transportation in the country area of Bangladesh. (Tseng, Y.-h. & Khan, M. A., 2015, PLoS ONE) >
In recent years, the number of papers published in SCI and SSCI-listed journals has been steadily increasing; but more than hoping to increase the quantity of papers published, CPH also aims to increase the quality of academic papers being published. CPH uses the Web of Science database to analyze statistics of publications produced by faculty, and has been updating these statistics since 1997. Not only does CPH survey the amount in research grants, the number of publications and number of citations, it also calculates the total numbers of papers published and total number of paper citations in the last five years, using the averages of these numbers as a picture of CPH’s progress (See Fig. 32). The performance of CPH has been steadily improving. However, CPH plans to strive towards higher numbers of citations of their published works, and hopes that these numbers will continue to increase, while also simultaneously increasing the quality of academic research being produced.