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Leadership Institute for Global Health Transformation (LIGHT)

The Leadership Institute for Global Health Transformation (LIGHT) will serve as receptacle to work with relevant partners from around the world. It aims to be a progressive and meaningful think-tank to encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas and foster active collaboration to build a cadre of creative leaders. By studying issues and finding solutions to the health problems that confront Singapore and Asia, it hopes to transform old paradigms of health to achieve enduring outcomes for our communities. LIGHT will adopt a cross-disciplinary approach in pursuing an active agenda in building up thought-leadership and core competencies in health development. There are many other international programmes that emobody the cultivation and training of exceptional leaders who will transform health and healthcare for a changing world. LIGHT hopes to emulate these renowned programmes in strengthening our connections among research, teaching, and practice to elevate our impact on the standards of public health and healthcare delivery.     

Additionally, LIGHT has been conceptualized to further and strengthen the development of the School’s regional and international engagement, and will strive to be a regional centre of leadership excellence.  This includes undertaking the important role in training future generations of leaders in healthcare both nationally and regionally in Southeast Asia  For greater impact, the Institute will also build upon the existing Global Health modules from our Master of Public Health (MPH) programme.  We hope to excite, energise and empower new and young leaders who will spearhead this transformational movement to greater heights of achievements for better health.  


To be the catalyst for transformational change in health and healthcare innovation and development for Singapore and beyond.


1. To educate and inspire current and future leaders so as to elevate the quality of public health and healthcare delivery in the region.

As the first and only School of Public Health in Singapore, SSHSPH is entrusted with the responsibility of educating the future Public Health leaders, and is advantaged by its placement within the National University of Singapore (NUS), a comprehensive research university and Singapore’s flagship tertiary institution.  To achieve greater impact, the School’s etiologic research will expand and translate into population-level interventions and policies by influencing how healthcare policies and programmes are analysed, designed, implemented and evaluated around the region.  This will then enhance the region’s decision-making capacity through extensive use of policy analysies.

2. To encourage, co-ordinate and conduct cross-disciplinary research and policy analysis beyond the local context to strengthen health systems for health promotion and quality healthcare delivery.

Cross-disciplinary research aims to address complex public health problems without being hampered by traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is our belief that this emphasis allows for translation of research findings into practical solutions to society-level public health challenges. Through an improved understanding of the process and tools for implementing health policies and programmes, this will enable more critical “consumption” of data and research, as well as improved ability to use new knowledge and evidence in decision-making

3. To collate and disseminate innovative ideas and best practices in health development regionally to inform and stimulate leadership thinking

Nurture cultures of collaboration, encourage faculty and staff the work alongside colleagues in different areas of expertise to facilitate the integration of our knowledge with that of others to develop novel, innovative, and translation-focused solutions to local and regional public health challenges.  Through this, we aim to enhance leadership acumen and decision-making abilities in order to address complex issues that require holistic insights and integrative solutions. 

Main Initiatives

  1. Public Health Thought Leadership Dialogue (PHTLD)

As LIGHT's flagship programme, the PHTLD will serve as a platform to have periodic open discussions on topical health issues, as well as to crystalise issues that affect the health of both local and regional populations. The PHTLD will comprise of three parts:

 2. Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

  • Short executive-type courses for potential/mid-level leaders

The LDP will comprise of courses conducted both locally and regionally, focusing on specific topical issues pertinent to leadership development in the area of Public Health.  The course curriculum will encompass important leadership skills such as policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, change management, as well as strategic planning.

A 3-day Leadership Training Programme (LTP) on “Climate Change and Health – Disaster Preparedness” was held in Manila, the Philippines from 19 - 21 April 2016. The programme was jointly organised by the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Department of Health Philippines, in association with the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines, Manila. 

  3. Leadership Updates

  • Lectures

Lectures to be given by local or overseas speakers on relevant topics (to be done in conjunction with SPH Professional Updates)

  • Health Perspectives

Closed-door discussions to debate problem-solving and policy options.

  • Summaries of updates 




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