Kar-Hai Chu, PhD

Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


6130 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: puhx@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-9181

Personal Statement

My long-term goal is to develop a program of research focused on preventing tobacco-related cancer mortalities. I have a diverse background in computer science, social network analysis, online social media, and cancer prevention. The focus of my research has been leveraging innovative technologies to study tobacco control. My recent projects include exploring the presence of tobacco companies on social media and analyzing their behavior and strategies in marketing; studying the diffusion of anti-vaccination topics online; interventions for electronic cigarette use by adolescents; modeling new tobacco trends to inform regulatory agencies.


2019 | University of Pittsburgh | MS, Clinical Research

2012 | University of Hawaii | PhD, Communication and Information Sciences

2005 | Columbia University | MS, Computer Science

2001 | Johns Hopkins University | BS, Computer Science


BCHS 2551 / ICRE 2600 | Social Networks and Health

BCHS 3021 / ICRE 2605 | Computer Methods in Social Networks

Kar-Hai  Chu