Yuanli Liu

Yuanli Liu

Adjunct Senior Lecturer on International Health

665 Huntington Avenue
Building I 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.432.4623



Dr. Liu conducts empirical research into health system performance and reform issues. He is the author of more than 70 articles and book chapters on structural analysis of health systems, measurement of medical impoverishment, socioeconomic inequalities in access to essential medicines and healthcare finance, smoking and poverty and other topics. His recent projects include an international study on the roles of private healthcare providers; a comprehensive assessment of China’s health system performance; an intervention study on the impact of rural community medical cooperatives (a consumer-driven healthcare model); major problems of China’s medical pricing and payment systems; and an investigation of the impact and feasibility of increasing cigarette tax in China. Dr. Liu’s evidence-based policy recommendations, which are published in both English and Chinese, helped inform China’s health system reform policy development process, particularly in areas of developing the New Rural Cooperative Medical System, the Medical Assistance Program for the urban poor, portability of social health insurance schemes, and vertical integration of healthcare organizations.  Dr. Liu is the founding director of the HSPH China Initiative, a major effort at the Harvard School of Public Health aimed at helping advance health and social development in China through a series of applied research studies, annual senior health executive educational programs, and conferences on social development. He is an adjunct professor at the Health and Development Institute of the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management, and he also serves on the Expert Committee on Health Policy and Management of the Chinese Ministry of Health.


Ph.D., 1995, Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy, University of Minnesota

M.S., 1988, Health Policy & Management, Harvard University

MPH, 1987, Social Medicine, Tongji Medical University