Ministry of Health and Welfare (Taiwan)

The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW; Chinese: 衛生福利部; pinyin: Wèishēng Fúlì Bù; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ōe-seng Hok-lī Pō͘) is the Executive Yuan ministry responsible for the administration of the public health system, social welfare, affordable and universal health care, hospitals, pharmaceutical, immunization programs, disease prevention, supervision and coordination of local health agencies in the Republic of China (Taiwan).[1]

Ministry of Health and Welfare
Wèishēng Fúlì Bù (Mandarin)
Ví-sên Fuk-li Phu (Hakka)
ROC Ministry of Health and Welfare Seal.svg
Agency overview
Formed17 March 1971 (as Department of Health)
23 July 2013 (as MOHW)
Preceding agency
  • Department of Health
JurisdictionRepublic of China (Taiwan)
Ministers responsible
Parent agencyExecutive Yuan


Former Ministry of Health and Welfare building in Nanjing.
Former Ministry of Health and Welfare building in Taipei (until 2014).

The ministry was originally established on 17 March 1971 as the Department of Health (DOH; Chinese: 衛生署; pinyin: Wèishēng Shǔ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ōe-seng Sú). The department was upgraded to Ministry of Health and Welfare on 23 July 2013 with the addition from the agencies in the Ministry of the Interior responsible for social welfare following restructuring of the Executive Yuan.

The original building of the MOHW was located at Datong District, Taipei when it was still named the Department of Health and being renamed Ministry of Health and Welfare. The Executive Yuan approved the construction for the new building of the then Department of Health in 2007 at Nangang District, Taipei. After years of planning and construction, the building was finally completed in May 2014. On 18 June 2014, the opening ceremony of the new MOHW building was attended by President Ma Ying-jeou, legislators, and representatives from various government agencies and related organizations.[2]

Organizational structureEdit

Ministry of Health and Welfare

Political departmentsEdit

  • Department of Planning
  • Department of Social Insurance
  • Department of Social Assistance and Social Work
  • Department of Protective Service
  • Department of Nursing and Health Care
  • Department of Medical Affairs
  • Department of Mental and Oral Health
  • Department of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy

Administrative departmentsEdit


List of MinistersEdit

Chen Shih-chung, the incumbent Minister of Health and Welfare

  Kuomintang   Democratic Progressive Party   Non-partisan/ unknown

Name Term of Office Days Party Premier
Minister of the Department of Health
1 Yen Chun-hui (顏春輝) 17 March 1971 25 June 1974 1196 Yen Chia-kan
Chiang Ching-kuo
2 Wang Chin-mao (王金茂) 25 June 1974 9 May 1981 2510 Chiang Ching-kuo
Sun Yun-suan
3 Hsu Tzu-chiu (許子秋) 9 May 1981 14 January 1986 1711 Sun Yun-suan
Yu Kuo-hua
4 Shih Chun-jen (施純仁) 14 January 1986 2 June 1990 1600 Yu Kuo-hua
Lee Huan
5 Chang Po-ya (張博雅) 2 June 1990 1 September 1997 2648 Independent Hau Pei-tsun
Lien Chan
6 Steve Chan (詹啟賢) 1 September 1997 19 May 2000 992 Independent [3] Vincent Siew
7 Lee Ming-liang (李明亮) 20 May 2000 31 August 2002 833 Independent Tang Fei
Chang Chun-hsiung I
Yu Shyi-kun
Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) 1 September 2002 31 December 2002 121 Democratic Progressive Party Yu Shyi-kun
8 Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) 31 December 2002 18 May 2003 138 Democratic Progressive Party Yu Shyi-kun
9 Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) 18 May 2003 1 February 2005 625 Independent Yu Shyi-kun
Wang Hsiu-hong (王秀紅) 2 February 2005 16 February 2005 14 Yu Shyi-kun
10 Hou Sheng-mao (侯勝茂) 17 February 2005 19 May 2008 1187 Frank Hsieh
Su Tseng-chang I
Chang Chun-hsiung II
11 Lin Fang-you (林芳郁) 20 May 2008 25 September 2008 128 Liu Chao-shiuan
Wu Den-yih
12 Yeh Ching-chuan (葉金川) 26 September 2008 6 August 2009 314 Kuomintang Liu Chao-shiuan
13 Yang Chih-liang (楊志良) 6 August 2009 8 February 2011 551 Kuomintang Liu Chao-shiuan
Wu Den-yih
14 Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) 8 February 2011 22 July 2013 895 Wu Den-yih
Sean Chen
Jiang Yi-huah
Minister of Health and Welfare (since 23 July 2013)
1 Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) 23 July 2013 3 October 2014 438 Jiang Yi-huah
Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) 3 October 2014 22 October 2014 19 Jiang Yi-huah
2 Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) 22 October 2014 19 May 2016 575 Jiang Yi-huah
Mao Chi-kuo
Chang San-cheng
3 Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) 20 May 2016 7 February 2017 263 Lin Chuan
4 Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) 8 February 2017 Incumbent 1468 Democratic Progressive Party Lin Chuan
William Lai
Su Tseng-chang II


The MOHW building is accessible within walking distance East from Kunyang Station of Taipei Metro.

See alsoEdit


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