Song Liang, PhD


Associate Professor

Office: EPI 114
Phone: 352-273-9203


Areas of Expertise

Epidemiology and Risk Assessment

Environmental Determinants of Water/Foodborne Diseases

Environmental and Climate Change

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Disease Surveillance


About Dr. Song Liang

Dr. Song Liang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute. He received a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Zoology from Southwest University in 1989 and 1992 in China, and went on to study at the University of California Berkeley where he received an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences in 1999 and, in 2003, his Ph.D. After his Ph.D work, Dr. Liang spent a couple years a Postdoctoral Fellow and a lecturer at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley, then moved to the College of Public Health, the Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor. In 2012, Dr. Liang joined the Department of Environmental and Global Health at the University of Florida at an Associate Professor and affiliated faculty in the School for Natural Resources and Environment and the Florida Climate Institute.

Dr. Liang’s research areas include epidemiology, risk assessment of environmentally-mediated infectious diseases, and human health impact of environmental and climate change. Over the past 12 years, he has been studying environmental determinants and control of tropical diseases (e.g. schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, and some water/food-borne diseases) through both empirical and mechanistic approaches. More recently, his work has expanded to the health impact assessment of environmental and climate change, extreme weather events. Dr. Liang’s work has resulted in more than 90 peer-reviewed research articles in journals including the Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of USA (PNAS), Bulletin of World Health Organization, PLoS Medicine, and Nature Climate Change. His work has been funded through NIH, NSF, USEPA, USDA, and USAID.

Current Research Interests

  • Epidemiology and Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
    • Population density, neighborhood-level sanitation, and transmission of soil-transmitted helminthes and other enteric pathogens
    • Socio-environmental determinants of transmission and control of schistosomiasis mansoni (in Ethiopia) and schistosomiasis japonica (China)
  • Surveillance of Infectious Diseases
    • Spatial-temporal data integration methods for infectious disease surveillance
    • Florida Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence
  • Health Impacts of Environmental and Climate Change
    • Extreme weather and water quality
    • Analytical methods for estimating the joint climatological-social drivers waterborne pathogens


  • Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley 2003
  • M.S., Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley 1999
  • M.S., Zoology, Southwest China Normal University 1992
  • B.S., Biology, Southwest China Normal University 1989

Recent Publications

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