Yen-Ming Huang

Yen-Ming Huang


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Avera Health & Science Center



Mailing Address

Avera Health & Science 157
Allied & Population Health-Box 2202C
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied and Population Health in College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. He received a BS in Pharmacy and a MS in Clinical Pharmacy both from National Taiwan University. He received his Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy (SAS) and a minor in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For his PhD degree, Dr. Huang investigated the barriers and facilitators of medication adherence in people with type 2 diabetes across different health literacy levels. His research interest concentrates on the medication adherence of people with chronic illnesses, with a specific focus on the way health literacy and psychosocial factors influence patients’ medication-taking.


PhD in Social & Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy - University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS in Social & Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy - University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS in Clinical Pharmacy - National Taiwan University, Taiwan
BS in Pharmacy - National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Academic Responsibilities

• PHA 219 Fundamentals of Health Care Practice I
• PHA 368 Pharmacy Practice II: Drug Information and Communication
• PHA 467 Pharmacy Practice III: Research Design and Pharmacoeconomics
• PHA 741 Public Health and Wellness
• PHA 768 Pharmacy Practice II: Advanced Patient Care
• NURS 781 Clinical Epidemiology: Advanced Concepts

Committee Activities

• Curriculum Committee (Pharmacy Program)

Awards and Honors

• 2020 Top 5 Poster Abstracts, Academy of Communication in Healthcare Virtual Research Forum
• 2020 Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship Award, Academy of Communication in Healthcare Virtual Research Forum
• 2019 Sabra Wooley Best Poster in Health Literacy Award, Health Literacy Academic Research Conference
• 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, Ministry of Education, Taiwan
• 2019 Sonderegger Research Center Dissertator Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• 2018 Joseph Wiederholt Fellowship in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• 2018 William J. Tillman Teaching Assistant Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• 2017 School of Pharmacy Teaching Assistant 2016-17 Performance Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• 2017 Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society of America Mid-America Chapter, Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honorary Society of Mid-America Chapter
• 2015 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
• 2006 National Taiwan University Outstanding Essay Award, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Professional Memberships

• Academic editor, PLOS ONE
• Associate editor, BMC Public Health
• Associate editor, Health Behavior and Policy Review
• Reviewer board member, American Journal of Health Behavior
• Reviewer board member, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
• Academy of Communication in Healthcare
• American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
• Asian Health Literacy Association
• International Health Literacy Association
• Society of Behavioral Medicine
• American Pharmacists Association
• Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Area(s) of Research

• Health Literacy
• Medication Adherence
• Psychosocial Factor
• Patient Outcomes
• Mixed Methods Research

Applications of Research

Peer Reviewed Publications

• Mafruhah OR, Huang YM, Shiyanbola OO, Shen GL, Lin HW. Ideal instruments used to measure health literacy related to medication use: a systematic review. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2020; under review.

• Huang YM, Chen LJ, Hsieh LL, Chan HY, Chen-Liu KCS, Ho YF. Evaluation of use, comprehensibility, and clarity of over-the-counter medicine labels: consumers’ perspectives and needs in Taiwan. Health Soc Care Community. 2020. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13190

• Lin HW, Chang EH, Ko Y, Wang CY, Wang YS, Mafruhah OR, Wu SH, Chen YC, Huang YM. Conceptualization, development and psychometric evaluations of a new medication-related health literacy instrument: the Chinese Medication Literacy Measurement. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(19):6951. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17196951

• Huang YM, Pecanac KE, Shiyanbola OO. “Why am I not taking medications?”: barriers and facilitators of diabetes medication adherence across different health literacy levels. Qual Health Res. 2020 Jul 29:1049732320945296. doi: 10.1177/1049732320945296

• Huang YM, Shiyanbola OO, Chan HY, Smith PD. Patient factors associated with diabetes medication adherence at different health literacy levels: a cross-sectional study at a family medicine clinic. Postgrad Med. 2020;132(4):328-36. doi:10.1080/00325481.2020.1749499

• Shiyanbola OO, Walbrandt Pigarelli DL, Unni EJ, Smith PD, Maurer MA, Huang YM. Design and rationale of a mixed methods randomized control trial: ADdressing Health literacy, bEliefs, adheRence and self-Efficacy (ADHERE) program to improve diabetes outcomes. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2019;14:100326. doi:10.1016/j.conctc.2019.100326

• Shiyanbola OO, Unni E, Huang YM, Lanier C. Using the extended self-regulatory model to characterise diabetes medication adherence: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2018;8(11):e022803. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022803

• Huang YM, Shiyanbola OO, Chan HY. A path model linking health literacy, medication self-efficacy, medication adherence, and glycemic control. Patient Educ Couns. 2018;101(11):1906-13. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2018.06.010

• Shiyanbola OO, Unni E, Huang YM, Lanier C. The association of health literacy with illness perceptions, medication beliefs, and medication adherence among individuals with type 2 diabetes. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2018;14(9):824-30. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.12.005

• Ye JH, Ho YF, On AW, Chen WW, Huang YM, Huang WI, et al. Trends in reporting drug-associated liver injuries in Taiwan: a focus on amiodarone. Int J Clin Pharm. 2018;40(4):911-20. doi:10.1007/s11096-018-0698-5

• Ho YF, Hsieh LL, Lee PI, Chiou TW, Tang YW, Huang YM, et al. Professionalism and establishment of exemplars in pharmacy practice. Formosan J Med. 2018;22(4):351-60. doi:10.6320/FJM.201807_22(4).0001

• Huang YM, Shiyanbola OO, Smith PD, Chan HY. Quick screen of patients' numeracy and document literacy skills: the factor structure of the Newest Vital Sign. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2018;12:853-9. doi:10.2147/PPA.S165994

• Huang YM, Shiyanbola OO, Smith PD. Association of health literacy and medication self-efficacy with medication adherence and diabetes control. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2018;12:793-802. doi:10.2147/PPA.S153312

• Yeh YC, Lin HW, Chang EH, Huang YM, Chen YC, Wang CY, et al. Development and validation of a Chinese medication literacy measure. Health Expect. 2017;20(6):1296-301. doi:10.1111/hex.12569

• Shiyanbola OO, Smith PD, Huang YM, Mansukhani SG. Pharmacists and patients feedback on empirically designed prescription warning labels: a qualitative study. Int J Clin Pharm. 2017;39(1):187-95. doi:10.1007/s11096-016-0421-3

• Tang YW, Huang YM, Lo YH, Liu KCSC, Chen LJ, Ho YF. Learning by doing at community pharmacies: objectives and outcomes. J Med Education. 2016;20(3):144-53. doi:10.6145/jme201615

• Shiyanbola OO, Smith PD, Mansukhani SG, Huang YM. Refining prescription warning labels using patient feedback: a qualitative study. PLoS One. 2016;11(6):e0156881. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156881

• Huang YM, Yang YH, Lin SJ, Chen KC, Kuo CC, Wu FL. Medication knowledge to be improved in participants in community universities in Taiwan: outcome of a nationwide community university program. J Formos Med Assoc. 2015;114(12):1267-79. doi:10.1016/j.jfma.2014.12.001

• Wen MF, Lin SJ, Yang YH, Huang YM, Wang HP, Chen CS, et al. Effects of a national medication education program in Taiwan to change the public's perceptions of the roles and functions of pharmacists. Patient Educ Couns. 2007;65(3):303-10. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2006.08.011

• Huang YM, Wang HP, Yang YH, Lin SJ, Lin HW, Chen CS, et al. Effects of a national health education program on the medication knowledge of the public in Taiwan. Ann Pharmacother. 2006;40(1):102-8. doi:10.1345/aph.1G312