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Mansoo Yu

Mansoo Yu


Associate Professor

Department of Public Health & School of Social Work

Public Health


PhD, Washington University, 2006;
MSW, Washington University, 2001;
MA, Yonsei University, 2000;
BA, Sungkyunkwan University, 1998.

Research Interests:

  • Health-Risk Behaviors (e.g., tobacco and other substance use problems, physical inactivity)
  • Interactions between Mental Health and Physical Health
  • Epidemiologic Research
  • Health Promotion
  • Adolescent Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Research with Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, and Vulnerable/Underserved Populations
  • Cross-National Research

Dr. Yu’s Research in the News:

Dr. Yu’s Publications:

Teaching Interests:

Research Methods and Design; Principles of Epidemiology; Inequality and Disparities in Health; Program Evaluation.


  • 2010 Instructor of the Year Award, The University of Missouri Master of Public Health Program.
  • 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, The University of Missouri School of Social Work.

Research and Scholarly Activity:

Growing the SSW Research Infrastructure and the Doctoral Program

Dr. Yu’s research has been focused on health disparities and the interconnections of mental health, physical health, and health risk behavior. Each of these components of a person’s life impacts the others. Dr. Yu compares different segments of populations, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, to identify problems and issues around these aspects of people’s lives. His goal is to generate scientific evidence that practitioners in the field can use to better meet the needs of their clients.

In recent months, Dr. Yu has focused on contributing to the School of Social Work in an administrative capacity. He has served as Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, devoting a large amount of time to reviewing applications, meeting with the Committee members, arranging campus visits for the top candidates, and participating in the entire interview process for each candidate.

Dr. Yu also serves as Doctoral Program Director. As Doctoral Program Director, he strives to integrate feedback from students and faculty to create a program that prepares students for rigorous research while also preparing them for teaching and other professional responsibilities after graduation. He has been working closely with the Curriculum Committee to determine new approaches and content to link theory to research design, to include teaching experiences within the program, and to provide professional development that will better prepare and position students for successful job placement.

One of the current goals of the School of Social Work is to build a strong research infrastructure, and Dr. Yu has been an integral part of that process. He was involved in the process for hiring the School’s grant writer and has kept the goal of research growth central to the faculty search process and improvement of the doctoral program. In the future, Dr. Yu envisions developing a mentoring system whereby senior faculty help junior faculty obtain campus-wide resources and opportunities for success in research/scholarship, teaching, and service. The mentoring system may also include helping junior faculty with research and interdisciplinary collaborations, effective pedagogies for teaching and learning, and preparation for annual and third-year reviews and the promotion and tenure process.