Dr Dung Phung

Senior Lecturer

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 64684


Dr. Dung Phung has background in both medicine and public health. He has experienced diversity roles from clinical practice, health management, and research and teaching academic before joining to the UQ School of Public Health as a senior lecturer in environmental health.

His research interests focus on health effects in relation to occupational and environmental pollution, climate change, and health interventions. He has developed research expertise and skills in environmental epidemiology, systematic review and meta-analysis, health risk assessment, needs assessment, and policy evaluation. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in ISI journals and been awarded as a chief investigator for 9 research grants (NHMRC and international grants) in climate change, air pollution and health. He has been supervising 21 PhD students (5 principal supervisor - 2 conferred, 16 associate supervisor - 7 conferred) to conduct research in a wide range of public health topics worldwide.

Research Interests

  • Occupational and environmental contamination and health effects
  • Climate change and health
  • Health interventions

Research Impacts

Working in both academic teaching and research in public health, Dr Dung Phung has a keen on translating from complex scientific evidence into policy and practices to meet the needs of population health in developing settings. For instance, his PhD research conducted a probabilistic quantitative health risk assessment to gather evidence on health impact. He then conducted a community needs assessment in order to develop tailored suited strategy to improve farmers’ safety resulting in a set of policy recommendations to health authorities, guidelines to the relevant agricultural sector, and health education for the farming communities in Vietnam. Another example is related to dengue prevention in the Mekong Delta Region. He first developed a climate-based dengue prediction model. Then he took an extra step to design an innovative method to transform the complex statistical models to a user-friendly climate-based dengue prediction score schemes that is easy to use by local preventive medicine authorities and practitioners.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith
  • Master of Public Health, Wash.
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Hanoi University


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Book Chapter

  • Tran, Nu Quy Linh, Connell, Des, Hieu Nguyen, Trung and Phung, Dung (2023). Climate change and water-related diseases in the Mekong Delta region. Oxford research encyclopedia of global public health. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190632366.013.460

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Le, Hong, Pham, An, Nguyen, Vinh, Ware, Robert, Phung, Dung, Thai, Phong, Ranganathan, Sarath, Tran, Dang, To, Hien and Sly, Peter (2023). Children respiratory health during COVID-19 lockdown and after 6-month re-exposure to poor air quality. 26th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology Above and Beyond, Seoul, Korea, 17–20 November 2022. Richmond, VIC Australia: John Wiley and Sons. doi: 10.1111/resp.14433

  • Dalugoda, Yohani, Kuppa, Jyothi, Phung, Dung and Rutherford, Shannon (2021). Effect of elevated environmental temperatures on maternal, foetal and neonatal health outcomes: a scoping review. Australian Society for Medical Research, Online, June 2021.

  • Le, H., Ware, R., Phung, D., Thai, P., Tran, D., Nguyen, , Pham, A. and Sly, P. (2021). Significant lack of recognition of asthma in Vietnamese children. TSANZSRS 2021 The Australia & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science and The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (ANZSRS/TSANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting for Leaders in Lung Health & Respiratory Science, Online, 1-2 May 2021. Richmond, VIC Australia: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1111/resp.14022

  • Luong, T., Dang, T., Huong, N., Phung, D., Tran, L. K., Dung, D. and Thai, P. K. (2020). Particulate air pollution and risk of ALRI hospital admission among young children in Ho Chi Minh city. 32nd Annual Conference of The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), Virtual, 24-27 August 2020. Durham, NC USA: Environmental Health Perspectives. doi: 10.1289/isee.2020.virtual.o-os-503

  • Chu, L., Dubrow, R. and Phung, D. (2020). The relationship between ambient temperature and renal disease morbidity in Vietnam: a case-crossover study. 32nd Annual Conference of The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), Virtual, 24-27 August 2020. Durham, NC USA: Environmental Health Perspectives. doi: 10.1289/isee.2020.virtual.p-0328

  • Luong, Ly Mai, Dang, Tran Ngoc, Phung, Dung, Sly, Peter, Morawska, Lidia and Thai, Phong (2018). Seasonal association between ambient ozone and hospital admission for respiratory in Hanoi, Vietnam. International Society of Exposure Science and International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Joint Annual Meeting 2018, Ottawa, Canada, 26–30 August 2018. Durham, NC USA: Environmental Health Perspectives. doi: 10.1289/isesisee.2018.p01.1280

  • Dwipayanti, N., Rutherford, S., Phung, D. and Chu, C. (2017). How important is culture to sanitation uptake? The influence of local values in rural Bali. International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities (SOSHUM), Kota Kinabalu Malaysia, 19-21 April 2016. Valencia, CA USA: American Scientific Publishers. doi: 10.1166/asl.2017.9160

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.