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Date: 08-Oct-2021

Location: Outram Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Joint Appointment

Duke-NUS Medical School & Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) is Singapore’s only graduate medical school with Signature Research Programmes in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Health Services & Systems Research, Cancer & Stem Cell Biology, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases and Neuroscience & Behavioural Disorders. SingHealth is the largest provider of medical services in Singapore, with a network of acute hospitals, national specialty centres, community hospitals and polyclinics offering over 40 clinical specialties. It aims to drive the transformation of healthcare and provide affordable, accessible and quality healthcare. Together, they form the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC).


The SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI) was launched in September 2018 as a joint institute under the AMC with a vision to advance health and well-being in Southeast Asia and beyond. The goals are to (1) improve health outcomes; (2) increase health security; and (3) strengthen health systems through partnerships with countries across the region.
SDGHI is organised around four programmatic areas (or Cores) - Policy, Research, Education and Clinical, to advance Global Health research and teaching efforts. Partnerships across 14 countries throughout Asia have been established, through which these Cores foster greater coherence and alignment of global health activities, act as a coordinating mechanism for partnerships with national, regional and global actors, and facilitate new areas of work that respond to pressing global health priorities.
Building upon decades of experience in research, training and practice in epidemiology and public health, the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) under the National University of Singapore was established in October 2011 as Singapore’s national school of public health. The School is also a member of the National University Health System (NUHS).

The School aims to continually foster healthier communities in Singapore and the region, and impact public health programmes and policies through its robust educational programmes and translational cross-disciplinary research work on cohort studies and life course epidemiology, infectious disease research, health technology assessments, health promotion, workplace safety and health, health systems evaluation and health services research. An interdisciplinary approach, augmented by rigorous training, applicable research and regional partnerships, places SSHSPH at the forefront of public health knowledge discovery and practice in Asia.

Job Description

Professor of Global Health Practice
We are recruiting a non-tenured Professor of Global Health Practice as a joint appointment between the two institutions – Duke-NUS (appointed in SDGHI) and SSHSPH. The appointment will be on a 3-year basis in the first instance, subject to renewal. The aim will be to foster synergies between SDGHI and SSHSPH in their work in global health, better coordinate national support for global health education and optimise research and capacity development efforts in the Asian region in ways that channel the respective strengths of institutional partners.

The major areas of work to be undertaken through this joint appointment are as follows:

  • Advance global health research between the two institutions through consolidation of a joint grants programme for collaborating researchers.
  • Support the establishment of a new Global Health Systems Evaluation Unit that draws together expertise from both institutions and established global partners. The aim is to undertake pragmatic operational assessments of innovations and health system enhancement initiatives, with a focus on applying best practices in low and middle-income countries in the region.
  • Enhance global health learning for students and practitioners from Singapore and beyond. This includes establishing relevant educational programmes in Global Health, Global Health Residency track in SingHealth and a post-Doctoral training programme to support Duke-NUS Signature Research Programmes and SSHSPH research team. This appointment will also provide support to PhD students and practitioner-focused certificate learning in Global Health.
  • Support resource mobilisation and partnerships within Singapore, regionally and globally with academic institutions, governments, bilateral and multi-lateral partners


Applications will be considered from candidates who meet the following qualifications:

  • Medical degree with Masters/PhD or equivalent in public health/global health or related disciplines.
  • Minimum 15 years of experience advancing global health policy, programme delivery, health systems strengthening and research in low and middle-income contexts. Prior experience in Asia would be advantageous.
  • Possess established track record of conducting high-quality operational research in global health.
  • Prior experience in supporting student and junior researchers in conducting applied global health research.
  • Have an extensive network of global health actors including partnerships with schools of public health, bilateral and multilateral partners.
  • Have experience in global health teaching at graduate and post-graduate levels.
  • Able to work independently and mobilise resources.
  • Have a strong desire to advance global health capacity in the Asian region.

We regret that only shortlised candidates will be notified.