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Centre for Population Health Sciences

Launched by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on May 6, 2016, the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHaS) is hosted by the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine). CePHaS is currently headed by its Founding Director, Associate Professor Josip Car​ who also helms the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Digital Health & Education​ which was designated in 2019. 

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Driving Dynamic Research for Healthier Populations and Better Healthcare

Our mission is to transform and challenge the way health education, prevention, healthcare delivery, treatments and diagnostics occur for the better. Through our ideas and research, we aim to propel innovations that have a transformative impact: from policy and health systems, to accessible, affordable and high quality frontline care in order to ultimately improve the health of the population.

The most pressing challenge in population health, such as the dramatic increase of chronic conditions and infectious diseases, require more than a mono-disciplinary approach. Based in Singapore, our multidisciplinary, international and expert group of clinicians, scientists, and researchers work at different local, regional and global levels through various partnerships and collaborations. Find out more about our team here

Our active areas of research include digital health, digital education, and
health services and outcomes research.  

From Research to Impact

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Our work aims to catalyse change in the four core pillars of population health: chronic care management, quality and safety, public health, and health policy.

Through our work, we:

policy-makers about the optimal future of healthcare

DEVELOP new approaches and find innovative ways to solve complex health problems in today’s world

CHANGE digital health, digital education and health services and outcomes research for the better

BRING transformation into people's lives and health systems for healthier families, communities and populations 

Population Health

We conceive population health as being a holistic ‘cradle to grave’ concept encompassing research from early childhood to end of life, and moves beyond health systems and the continuum of care to individuals, families, communities and societies. Population health is related to both the surveillance, prevention, and management of health conditions, as well as the promotion of healthy behaviours and lifestyles, seeking the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the population.

Ideally, population health research should lead to improved health outcomes in the population, and ensure those outcomes are fairly distributed across society.

Interested to join us and make an impact public health? 

World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Digital Health & Health Education

The WHO CC supports the WHO’s wider vision to improve the digital health competencies and capacity of the health workforce.​ Read more here.

The Digital Health Education Collaboration 

An initiative driven by CePHaS, the Digital Health Education Collaboration is an international initiative searching for effective digital education interventions for health professionals. It is a response to a growing shortage of health professionals worldwide and aims to provide robust evidence to support the transformation of education for health professionals through the use of digital technology​. Sign up for updates here​


March 2020

The WHO CC was commissioned by the WHO for a report “Digital Education for Building Health Workforce Capacity” to delineate the issues surrounding the implementation of digital education technologies for strengthening health systems. Read the full report 

The WHO CC contributed a commentary, “Digital Health Education: Addressing our 18million health worker shortfall” in Commonwealth Health Report 2020. Read the full report here

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