Nap Hosang

Tackler of global public health disparities from multiple vantage points


“There is more than a grain of truth in the notion that pressing public health problems are merely symptoms of the lack of resolve over time to do the things we can. We don’t need more solutions, we need just a tad more will. Will is like the interest on the nest egg of community health. Compounded over time a little will go a long way.”

Nap Hosang MD, MPH, MBA , is a member of the Maternal and Child Health Program faculty at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He has 25 years of experience in maternal and child health service delivery in developing countries, and 30 years of experience as a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist. He currently serves as the CEO and co-founder of Pelagius Inc., a pharmaceutical start-up, and a board member at Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, a multidisciplinary research and policy institute focused on the adoption of evidence-based energy policy.

Berkeley moment

“When I realized in a conversation with Dean Joyce Lashof 30 years ago, that Berkeley was a place where your ideas had equal weight with others, and status did not matter if you had good ideas to explore. This place validated my freedom the think creatively. Bob Marley said it but I wasn’t listening….“none but ourselves can free our minds“”

A change to one U.S. policy that would transform public health

“Delete ethnicity from public data…then let’s see!”

Theme song while at Berkeley/Movie of my life at SPH

“‘Cool Runnings’. Come, try your best, pursue your goal with passion, and along the way you get a lot more than your goal could ever deliver. Respect.”

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