Liu Yuanli graduated from Tongji Medical University with a master of public health in 1987. He then came to the U.S. and obtained a master of science at Harvard University one year later. In 1995, he received a Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy from the University of Minnesota.
In 1994, Liu returned to Harvard to serve as a senior lecturer. He has conducted empirical research into health system performance and reform issues. Liu serves as the founding director of the Harvard School of Public Health’s China Initiative, a major effort aimed at helping advance health and social development in China. He has published more than 70 scientific articles and book chapters.
Liu has also served as consultant for a number of international organizations including the United Nations, World Bank and the World Health Organization. He is an adjunct professor at the Health and Development Institute at the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management and also serves on the Expert Committee on Health Policy and Management of the Chinese Ministry of Health.