Industry Relevant Programmes

Economic Development Board Industrial  Postgraduate Programme (EDB-IPP)

The Industrial Postgraduate Programme (IPP) was introduced by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) with the aim of building up a pool of postgraduate manpower with critical R&D skill-sets for roles in industry. Companies with established R&D capabilities will partner with local universities to jointly supervise a PhD student.

Successful IPP trainees will be full-time salaried employees at the company while pursuing PhD studies at SSHSPH on a full-time basis. IPP trainees will be jointly supervised by an academic staff from SSHSPH and a researcher from the company, and work on a research project agreed upon by the company and the SSHSPH supervisor. IPP trainees are expected to spend at least 50% of their time working on the research project within the company's facility. IPP trainees can be existing employees at the company or fresh graduates/new hires selected by the company. 


Requirements for IPP Trainees:

  • Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Eligible for PhD studies
  • Jointly selected by Company and SSHSPH


Sponsorship for IPP Trainees:

  • Full tuition fees for up to 4 years of study (sponsored by EDB)
  • Monthly salary with CPF contribution – remuneration varies depending on the company. EDB will sponsor up to S$3,300 per month and the corresponding employer’s CPF contribution


Information for companies:

Companies who are interested to participate in the EDB-IPP programme can contact SSHSPH at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. 


Research Supervisors

All applicants are required to provide a proposed supervisor and research topic in their online application. Please click here for the list of available research projects. You may also refer below for a list of SSHSPH faculty, and discuss with prospective supervisors on possible research projects. 


Name of Faculty

Research Areas

CHIA Kee Seng


  • Molecular epidemiology of chronic diseases (cancer, CVD, DM)
  • Primary prevention of chronic diseases

KOH, David


  • Occupational Health
  • Salivary Biomarkers

SAW Seang Mei


  • Epidemiology of chronic diseases, especially eye diseases
  • Epidemiology and Genetics of myopia

CHIA Sin Eng

Associate Professor

  • Neurotoxicology and Reproductive toxicology
  • Comprehensive and integrated workplace safety and health services


Associate Professor

  • Breast cancer etiology and cancer prognostication || Inheritance of prognosis
  • Clinical epidemiology

KOH Choon Huat, Gerald

Associate Professor

  • Primary Care, Family Medicine, Community Geriatrics and Rehabilitation
  • Health Services Research (especially Intermediate and Long-Term) Care
  • Medical Education

LEE Jen Mai, Jeannette

Associate Professor

  • Cardiovascular Epidemiology


Associate Professor

  • Impact of austerity measures on healthcare
  • Integration of services
  • Patient trust in chronic diseases like hypertension
  • Response of healthcare system to AIDS and Tuberculosis

LIM Yee Wei

Associate Professor

  • Health Services Research
  • Health Promotion

SEOW, Adeline

Associate Professor

  • Cancer epidemiology and prevention
  • Gene-environment interactions in non-smoking lung cancer

TAI Bee Choo

Associate Professor

  • Competing risks and correlated multiple failure time data
  • Design and analysis of clinical trials

TEO Yik Ying

Associate Professor

  • Statistical Genetics
  • Endocrinology statistics

VAN DAM, Rob Martinus

Associate Professor

  • Dietary factors in relation to risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases integrating data on reported food consumption, biomarkers, and genetic information.
  • Behavioural determinants of dietary and physical activity habits and prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes

WONG Mee Lian

Associate Professor

  • Control of sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS
  • Health promotion and behavioral change

CHEN I-Cheng Mark

Assistant Professor

  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Sexually transmitted infections

CHOI Hyungwon

Assistant Professor

  • Bioinformatics (proteomics and metabolomics)
  • Systems biology
  • Statistical computing

COOK, Alex R

Assistant Professor

  • Infectious disease modelling
  • Biostatistics


Assistant Professor

  • Infectious Diseases; Resilience; Health Services
  • Performance Measurement; Behaviour Change; Qualitative and Mixed Methods


Assistant Professor

  • Health Services Research
  • Measurement of Health outcomes

MUELLER-Riemenschneider Falk

Assistant Professor

  • Cardiovascular and chronic diseases
  • Physical activity and obesity prevention

SIM Xueling

Assistant Professor

  • Statistical genetics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Biostatistics

TAM, Clarence

Assistant Professor

  • Infectious diseases
  • Epidemiology

TAN Chuen Seng

Assistant Professor

  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Epidemiology


Assistant Professor

  • Improving outcomes in people with cardio-metabolic diseases
  • Translating clinical interventions into effective public health programmes



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Awards and Prizes


(1)   Tye Cho Yook Gold Medal

The medal is awarded from the proceeds of a capital sum of $15,000 donated in 1989 by Mr Tye Cho Yook, former Associate Professor in the Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine.

    1. Subject to there being a candidate of sufficient merit, the medal will be awarded each year to the student who has distinguished himself/herself in the Examination leading to the degree of Master of Public Health.
    2. The medal will be awarded by the Board of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners.
    3. If, in any year, no award is made, the income earned will be added to the capital sum.

(2)   Occupational and Environmental Health Society Medal

In 1973, the Organizing Committee of the First Symposium on Occupational Health in South East Asia donated a sum of $2,000 to the National University of Singapore for the purpose of commemorating the holding of the First Symposium in Singapore in May 1971. The proceeds of the capital sum were used for the award of a silver medal and a book prize. The first awards were made in 1974. In 1996, the Society of Occupational Medicine donated a sum of $3,000 to be added to the capital sum. The total amount in the fund, including accumulated interests and unexpended surpluses amounted to $8,286. The proceeds of the capital sum will be used for the award of a gold medal. In 2000, the Society of Occupational Medicine was registered into the Occupational and Environmental Health Society.

    1. Subject to there being a student (medically qualified) of sufficient merit, the medal will be awarded each year to the student (medically qualified) who has most distinguished himself in the examination leading to the degree of Master of Public Health (with specialisation in Occupational and Environment Health). The medal will be awarded by the Board of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners.
    2. In the event that no Master of Public Health (with specialisation in Occupational and Environment Health) student achieves a distinction to qualify for the gold medal, a book prize valued at $100 would be awarded to the next best student in the examination leading to the degree Master of Public Health (with specialisation in Occupational and Environment Health). The book prize will be in a form of book vouchers.
    3. If, in any year, no award is made, the funds available will be added to the capital sum and reinvested.

(3)   Dean's Medal and Prize

In 2013, Prof Chia Kee Seng, an alumnus and Founding Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health donated an expendable sum of S$15,000 to establish the Dean's Medal and Prize.

The award will be awarded annually wef AY2014/2015 and is governed by the following conditions:

    1. Subject to rule 4 below, a gold medal and cash prize of S$1,000 will be given to a graduating student in the Master of Public Health programme who has:

a) obtained a good CAP and

b) achieved the highest mark for CO5210 Practicum

    1. In the event of a tie between two candidates, the student with the highest CAP will be awarded.
    2. The award will be made by the Board of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the relevant Board of Examiners
    3. No award will be made unless there is a candidate of sufficient merit.
    4. This gift shall be governed by the University Statutes and Regulations, specifically, Statute 7 on Gifts to the University and the corresponding Regulation.'smedalandprize


(4)   Richard Gillis Prize


The prize is to be awarded from an expendable gift donated by the Singapore Chemical Industry Council in honour of Mr Richard Gillis. Mr Gillis was Adjunct Associate Professor in the NUS School of Engineering and was also closely related to the M.Med. Occupational Medicine programme (a precursor of the current Master of Public Health programme) in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine as a lecturer in the Industrial Hygiene module for more than 10 years.

As one of the most experienced industrial hygienists in the region, Mr Richard Gillis' contributions in his field include co-chairmanship of the National Globally Harmonised System (GHS) Implementation Taskforce, and building capacity for GHS efforts. He played an active role in the industry's Responsible Care activities, and his colleagues testify to his constant willingness to teach and to build links with academic institutions, and to his efforts to encourage and train more people in Occupational Health. After his passing in Australia in 2007, the Singapore Chemical Industry Council came together to donate $15,000 to NUS for the MPH programme to establish a prize in his honour. The prize be given to the top MPH graduand specializing in Occupational and Environmental Health, who has also distinguished himself/herself in the Industrial Hygiene module.

     Rules for award of the Richard Gillis Prize:

    1. Subject to there being a candidate of sufficient merit, the prize will be awarded each year to the graduating student pursuing a specialization in Occupational and Environmental Health in the Master of Public Health Programme who achieves the best academic results and who also distinguishes himself/herself in the Industrial Hygiene component of the course.
    2. The prize will be awarded by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners.
    3. The total amount awarded will be $1,000, of which $500 will be a cash prize, and $500 in the form of books and reference texts in occupational and environmental health.
    4. If, in any year, no award is madethe amount will remain as part of the capital sum.


(1)   Dean’s List

This is an award to recognise students’ outstanding performance and will comprise the top 5 percent of MPH for the semester based on Semester Average Point (SAP) for Full-time students and Academic Year Average Point (AYAP) for Part-time students. It will be awarded twice per academic year, in Semester 1 to full-time students and in Semester 2 to both full-time and part-time students. This achievement will be reflected in the student’s final transcript.

Rules for award of the Dean's List:

    1. Full-time students reading a workload of at least 16 modular credits for the semester
    2. Part-time students reading a workload of at least 16 modular credits for the academic year and have been part-time students for the entire academic year
    3. This workload includes all GRADED modules read in the semester, excluding the following:
    • Modules with ‘EXE', ‘IP', ‘IC' or ‘W' grades;
    • Modules graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory or Completed Satisfactory/ Completed Unsatisfactory
    • Modules from other faculties/ schools/ institutes in NUS not recognised towards fulfilling the degree requirements

4.   A minimum SAP/AYSAP of 3.50 for the semester (for full-time students) and for the academic year (for part-time students) will be required for students to be on the Dean’s List.

Computation of Semester Average Point (SAP)/ Academic Year Average Point (AYAP)

SAP is computed from grades achieved within the semester under consideration.

AYAP is computed from grades achieved within the academic year under consideration.

Formula for computation of SAP / AYSAP : ∑(Grade Point* MCs)/∑ (MCs) 

MPH Student Resources (SHtest)

myPortal@NUS> (Student Portal)

1. Master of Public Health Modules

The programme reserves the right not to offer a module if the number of MPH students taking it for credit is fewer than 6.

MPH module calendar for AY2013/2014

Semester 1

CO5102 Principles of Epidemiology

CO5103 Quantitative Epidemiologic Methods

CO5104 Health Policy and Systems

CO5202 Environmental and Occupational Health

CO5203 Lifestyle & Behavior in Health & Disease

CO5210 Practicum

CO5212 Planning Health Promotions Programs

CO5222 Program Evaluation

CO5224 Data Collection in Public Health

CO5880G Special Topic: Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes

Vacation (8 Dec 2013 - 12 Jan 2014)

 CO5226 Public Health Communications

 CO5229 Nutrition and Health

 Note: Results and modular credits earned for vacation modules will be counted in Semester 2


Semester 2

CO5201 Control of Communicable Diseases

CO5204 Health Economics and Financing

CO5205 Management of Healthcare Organisations

CO5208 Measuring and Managing Quality of Care

CO5209 Control of Non-Communicable Diseases

CO5210 Practicum

CO5214 Introduction to Health Services Research

CO5215 Advanced Epidemiology

CO5218 Advanced Quantitative Methods

CO5219 Clinical Epidemiologic Methods

CO5220 Design, Conduct and Analysis of Clinical Trials

CO5305 Industrial Hygiene

CO5306 Public Health Toxicology

CO5307 Clinical Occupational Medicine

CO5312 Occupational Ergonomics

CO5317 Workplace Assessment



Please CLICK HERE for the description of modules offered

For Cross-faculty graduate students who intend to read the MPH modules, please take note of the following:

1. Each student are allowed to read for credit and / or audit maximum of 4 MCs of MPH module per semester; with the exception of YLLSOM students on relevant graduate programmes; and subject to home faculty's policies.
2. Please submit your request through your home faculty at least 3 weeks before the semester starts.
3. Please state if you have met the pre-requisites (if any), and submit your CV together with your application.
4. All applications are subject to approval and the programme does not guarantee a place in the module requested for.
5. Please read through the module summary for module pre-requisites and descriptions, available here.

2. Things to do and to know

a. Exams Related Matters

  • Exam Directory
  • Special Consideration
  • Review of Examination Results

b. Module Related Matter

  • Cross-Faculty Graduate Coursework Registration Form. Please submit to the MPH office at least 2 weeks before terms starts.
  • Curriculum Plan Worksheet

  • Request to take additional module. For part-time students who intend to read modules above the limit of 3 modules per semester (includes Vacation Term modules).

c. Candidature Related Matters

  • Request to Declare Track or Specialization
  • Leave of Absence(LOA) - <Via ISIS>
  • Conversion between Full-Time & Part-Time

  • Withdrawal 

d. Practicum Related Matters

  • Guidelines for MPH Practicum
  • Practicum Proposal Form
  • Suggested Format for Final Report
  • Practicum Supervisor Endorsement Form
  • Practicum Fund: Guidelines
  • Claim for Practicum Expenses
  • Release of Liability Letter
  • Emergency Contact Information 

e. Independent Study Module Related Matters

  • Guidelines for ISM
  • Independent Study Module (ISM) proposal
  • Claim for Independent Study Module (ISM) Expenses
  • Release of Liability Letter
  • Emergency Contact Information 

f. Field Practice

  • Guidelines for Field Practice

g. Others

  • Change of Personal Particulars
  • Replacement of Lost Student Card
  • Student / Graduation status letter - for Master of Public Health students only.
  • Transcript - More details are available here
  • MPH Student Handbook
  • myISIS
  • IVLE
  • NUS Mail / WebMail