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Sunmin Lee

Dr. Sunmin Lee is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, in the School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine. Dr. Lee is also a Co-Leader of Cancer Control Program, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Before joining to UCI in March 2020, she worked at University of Maryland School of Public Health for 14 years. Dr. Lee also served as a Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lee received her doctoral degree in Social Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, and completed her post-doctoral training at Channing Laboratory at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Lee currently serves as a standing member at the NIH's Community Level Health Promotion study section.

Social Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Cancer Prevention & Cancer Survivorship, Community-Based Participatory Research, Mixed-Methods Research, Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), Minority & Immigrant Health


ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, Epidemiology
M.P.H., Seoul National University, Health Policy
B.A., Seoul National University, English

Dr. Lee is trained in social epidemiology and her research focuses on reducing health disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations, especially among Asian Americans. She has incorporated both quantitative and qualitative research methods and have conducted both epidemiologic and intervention studies, to comprehensively examine the etiologies of health disparities and design and implement randomized controlled trials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate to reduce heath disparities. Dr. Lee has conducted epidemiologic studies examining effect of acculturation on immigrants’ health and led or participated in multiple NIH- and CDC-funded studies to increase colorectal cancer screening, hepatitis B screening and vaccination, and improve breast cancer survivorship among Asian Americans. Currently, she is leading an NIH-funded R01 study to increase colorectal cancer screening among Chinese and Korean Americans using shared decision making approach.

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Program Co-Leader, Cancer Control
Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health