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TJSS2022 preview|Master class 3 : Academic-Government Partnerships in Public Health

【Source: | Date:2022-07-30 】

Teo Yik Ying

Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Professor Teo Yik-Ying is Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to his Deanship, he was the Founding Director of NUS’ Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR), and Director of its Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER).

A mathematician by training, Prof Teo holds a MSc in Applied Statistics and a DPhil in Statistical Genetics from the University of Oxford, UK. He returned to Singapore from the UK in 2010 after working for four years concurrently as a Lecturer at Oxford and a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. He is presently a member of the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program as well as a governing board member of the Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network for Southeast Asia.

Academic-Government Partnerships in Public Health

Governments often talked about evidence-based policy making in public health and clinical medicine. However most national health agencies tend to be bogged down by operations, with a diminished bandwidth to curate evidence and best practices to inform policy setting. Partnerships between academia and policy makers thus present a powerful opportunity for the advocacy, design, and monitoring of health policies and national programmes in health. Such partnerships however cannot be left to chance, but must be deliberately nurtured by a governance framework that explicitly supports the regular flow of information and ideas between academia and government agencies. In this session, I will introduce the value proposition of academic-government partnerships in health, and to illustrate a few national policies that benefitted from such partnerships.

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