National Health Promotion Research Institute

Research Institute Introduction

This research institute, established in March 1998, is an affiliated research organization of Yonsei University Graduate School of Public Health.

As the first national health promotion research institute in Korea, we’d like to operate a website to provide useful information on lifestyle changes and health promotion to everyone living in the information age of the 21st century.

The Institute of National Health Promotion Research aims to perform systematic and professional studies for the academic development and practice in health promotion, health education, epidemiology, and health statistics. It trains experts who can professionally participate in the field of health promotion, develops health information systems, and lastly, takes full charge of health promotion studies and pilot projects focusing on cities and workplaces, and participates in international activities.

In order to achieve these goals, we have promoted projects, such as the development of health information systems, The Healthy City of Gwacheon 21C Project, anti-smoking education for youth and adults, and online national nutrition management. As of now, projects focused on anti-smoking, metabolic syndrome research, and disease prediction model establishment are currently in progress.

Contact Us

  • Phone : +82 – 02 - 2228 - 1545 / 1541
  • Fax : +82 – 02 - 365-5118
  • E-mail :
  • Address : National Health Promotion Research Institute, 50-1, Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Director's Greeting

Ji Seon-ha, Head of the Institute of National Health Promotion Research

Through safe water supply, sanitary sewage disposal, insect vector control, vaccination, and health education, we can effectively control various infections that have broken out and caused pain and death to mankind for the last 1,000 years. As a result, the average life expectancy in Korea increased, but we still suffer and die from chronic diseases of degenerative, neoplastic, and metabolic origin.

From the medical research findings over the course of more than 50 years, we learned that the occurrence of chronic diseases is closely related to our lifestyle. This means that we can effectively manage most chronic diseases by changing our lifestyle. Health promotion is one of the latest fields of study aiming to overcome various chronic diseases by further improving health through lifestyle changes. The study of public health of the past successfully conquered infections by introducing a sanitary lifestyle. In the present, it will contribute to the overcoming of various chronic diseases by introducing a lifestyle that now focuses on a healthful diet, regular exercise, anti-smoking, drinking in moderation, and peace of mind.

The National Health Promotion Research Institute will shed light on proper lifestyles that are relevant to the living environment or culture in Korea, widely promote and spread scientifically proven related knowledge, and study and contribute to the relevant national policies.

Our role and mission of the times as the nation’s first health promotion research institute are extremely important for health promotion as an academic field. We hope to fulfill our duty in the future with your support and committed efforts by researchers.

Ji Seon-ha, Head of the Institute of National Health Promotion Research

Research activities

Books and Publications

Books and Publications is a table and provides Publication, Published Date, Publication Type, Contents information
Publication Published Date Publication Type Contents
Health Promotion Academic Information Magazine 1998. 03 ∼ 2002.12 Monthly Information Magazine Monthly excerpts and summaries of articles and articles on health promotion published in the latest foreign journals.
Healthy City Gwacheon 1998. 03 ∼ 2002.12 Monthly Information Magazine It is a monthly information magazine for Gwacheon citizens. It consists of issues of this month, health information by specialists, and questions and answers, and is an information magazine that informs the schedule of the Healthy City program.
National secondary schools Student Smoking Survey 1998 ~ Now Every year, a national high school student smoking survey is reported.

Progress Research

Cancer Prevention Research in Koreans

This study aims to identify the factors of disease occurrence and changes in medical expenditure through a retrospective cohort established based on health examination data as of 1992, and to provide basic data necessary for disease management and policy direction establishment at the national level.

Intractable metabolic syndrome research

Intractable metabolic syndrome research, which has been conducted since 2005, aims to develop a Korean-specific metabolic syndrome prevention and management method by establishing a large-scale cohort of metabolic syndrome of Koreans and long-term tracking. It is intended to prospectively track the occurrence of diseases and to identify the environmental and genetic causes of chronic diseases.

Research on epidemiological investigation of tobacco product ingredients and emissions

From 2015 to 2018, with the support of the Korea Food and Drug Administration, establish a cohort research base for the regulation of tobacco product ingredients and emissions for the implementation of Articles 9 and 10 of the FCTC, develop tobacco product ingredients and emissions, and secure domestic data. By doing so, it was intended to support the policy for the management of harmful substances in tobacco products and emissions.

Environmental hormone integrated risk assessment study

From 2015 to 2017, with the support of the Korea Food and Drug Administration, we attempted to establish a precautionary system through integrated risk management from the perspective of environmental hormones and other effects.

Cohort-based metabolic syndrome high-risk group screening technology development

From 2014 to 2019, with the support of the National Health Industry Promotion Agency, by discovering predictive indicators for the occurrence of metabolic syndrome and complications of diabetes (heart disease, fatty liver disease, colorectal cancer), and by finding and managing high-risk groups in advance, it reduces unmet medical demand and prevents the public. I wanted to reduce medical expenses.


Researchers is a table and provides Name, Affiliation University, Major information
Name Affiliation University Major
Oh Hui-cheol Yonsei University Health Science
Ji Seon-ha Yonsei University Health Science
Park Jong-gu Yonsei University Health Science
Suh Il Yonsei University Health Science
Kim Mun-sik Ajou University Health Science
Lee Taeyong Chungnam National 
Health Science
Lee Yun-hwan Ajou University Health Science
Park Eun-cheol Yonsei University Health Science
Nam Jeong-mo Yonsei University Health Statistics
Kim Hyeon-chang Yonsei University Health Science
Kwon Hogeun Yonsei University Health Science
Kim Chun-bae Yonsei University Health Science
Ko Sang-ba Yonsei University Preventive Medicine
Kim Hyeon-su Yonsei University Health Science
Chang Se-jin Yonsei University Sociology
Jun Yong-gwan Yonsei University Sports Leisure Science
Na Gun-ho Yonsei University Urinary Science
You Seon-guk Yonsei University Biometric Information
Kim Jang-yeong Yonsei University Internal science
Kim Hui-jin Yonsei University Health Science
Lee Sun-yeong Ajou University Health Science
Sul Jae-ung Eulji University Health Science
Kim Su-jeong Dongseo University Health Science
Yoon Ji-eun NECA Health Science
Park Eun-jeong NECA Health Science
Cho Jae-seung Yonsei University Health Science
Cho Eo-rin Yonsei University Health Science
Lee Seong-gyu NECA Health Science
Kim Sang-yeon Yonsei University Health Science
Jee Eun-jeong Yonsei University Health Science
Lee Seon-ju Yonsei University Health Science
Kim Sori-ul KDCA Health Science
Mok Ye-jin Yonsei University Health Science
Lim Jeong-eun Yonsei University Health Science
Yoon Mi-uk Yonsei University Health Science
Huh Hyang-suk Yonsei University Zoology
Jun Ti-na Yonsei University Health Science
Jung Geum-ji Yonsei University Health Science
Park Se-yeong Yonsei University Statistics
Moon Ho-jeong Yonsei University Health Science
Jun Ju-eun Yonsei University Health Science
Yoon Mun-su Seoul Venture University Business Administration