Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Andy S.L. Tan

Andy S.L. Tan, PhD, MPH, MBA, MBBS

Associate Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communications

Director, Health Communication & Equity Lab Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Full Member, Abramson Cancer Center, Tobacco and Environmental Carcinogenesis Program

Andy Tan, PhD, MPH, MBA, MBBS, is Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. Dr. Tan directs the Health Communication & Equity Lab (HCEL) and his group is committed to advancing communication science to achieve health equity for all. His program of research examines the impact of marketing, media, and public health messages on health behaviors and outcomes among diverse populations including young adults, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. He is leading two NIH-funded community-engaged research projects involving organizations that serve LGBT communities to design and develop culturally appropriate communication interventions that are informed by persuasion and message effects theories, social determinants of health frameworks, and implementation science. The goal of this work is to translate knowledge into scalable and culturally sensitive communication interventions to alleviate tobacco- and cancer-related health disparities.


Dr. Tan received his medical degree from the National University of Singapore, his Master in Public Health and Master in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication. Prior to his doctoral work, Tan has over 5 years of medical and health promotion experience including designing, implementing, and evaluating strategic communications programs. He mentors students, trainees, and new investigators including individuals from underrepresented minority backgrounds. Tan’s research has received funding from FDA, NCI, NIDA and private foundations.