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KOH Soo Quee David

"Every year unnecessary suffering and deaths from hazardous work exposures occur among the 3 billion workers in the world. Yet basic occupational health services, which seeks to prevent occupational and work-related diseases and deaths, only cover about 15% of all workers in the world.

Much more can be done in terms of prioritization, resource allocation, multisectoral collaboration and integration, training of the health workforce, occupational health policy and research in occupational health.

David Koh and his colleagues in the SSHSPH work to try and address occupational health research and training needs of health professionals and workers in Asia and beyond."


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Primary)
  • NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (Joint)
  • Distinguished Professor of Occupational Health and Medicine, PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Research Areas:

  • Occupational Health
  • Environmental Health

Teaching Areas:

  • Occupational health
  • Environmental health
  • Public Health

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • M.B.,B.S. University of Singapore. 1980
  • M.Sc.(Occupational Medicine) National University of Singapore. 1985
  • F.A.M.S. Academy of Medicine, Singapore. 1988
  • Ph.D. University of Birmingham.1992
  • FFOM, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, UK. 1994
  • FFOM, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, Ireland. 2004
  • FFPH, Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians, UK. 2005

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • NUS Special Commendation Award for Teaching Development, 2004.
  • Smiley lectureship and medal, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, Ireland, Nov 2004.
  • Research Excellence Award, 2006/2007. Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. 2007.
  • Wilf Howe Memorial Prize, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, London. May 2008.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award, Singapore International Foundation. September 2012.
  • University Brunei Darussalam Teaching Excellence Award. 2014.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, College of Public Health and Occupational Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. 2017.
  • Koh and Aw's Textbook of Occupational Medicine Practice 4th Edition. Highly Commended in the Primary Health Care category for the 2018 British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards. September 2018. 

Career History:

  • Assistant Director, OSH Division, National Productivity Board 1983-1984
  • Medical Director, American International Assurance Pte Ltd. 1985
  • Professor, National University of Singapore. 1985- Present
  • Distinguished Professor, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 2012- Present

Administrative Leadership:

  • Head, Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine, National University of Singapore, 2001-2009
  • Head, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, National University of Singapore 2009
  • Chairman, Specialist Training Committee for Occupational Medicine, Specialists Accreditation Board, Ministry of Health, Singapore 1998-2011
  • National Program Director, Preventive Medicine Program, National University Hospital System 2009-2012
  • Distinguished Professor, PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 2012- Present

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Short Term Consultant (to Vietnam, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Myanmar), World Health Organization 1998 onwards
  • Visiting Consultant, Singapore General Hospital
  • Visiting Consultant, Changi General Hospital

Selected Publications:

  • Mohammad Rizwan, D Koh, Marsilea A Booth, Minhaz Uddin Ahmed. Combining a gold nanoparticle-polyethylene glycol nanocomposite and carbon nanofiber electrodes to develop a highly sensitive salivary secretory Immunoglobulin A immunosensor. Journal: Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical 2017 (in press) Volume 255, Part 1, February 2018, Pages 557-563
  • Koh D, Aw TC (Eds) (2017). Textbook of Occupational Medicine Practice. 4th Ed. World Scientific Publishing. Singapore.
  • SK Ong, DTC Lai, JYY Wong, KA Si-Ramlee, LA Razak, N Kassim, Z Kamis, D Koh. Cross-sectional STEPwise Approach to Surveillance (STEPS) Population Survey of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and Risk Factors in Brunei Darussalam
  • ML Wong, JYS Ng, RKW Chan, MTW Chio, RBT Lim, D Koh. Randomized controlled trial of abstinence and safer sex intervention for adolescents in Singapore: 6-month follow-up. Health Education Research 2017 Jun 1;32(3):233-243. doi: 10.1093/her/cyx040.
  • Luong Thanh BY, Laopaiboon M, Koh D, Sakunkoo P, Moe H. Behavioural interventions to promote workers' use of respiratory protective equipment. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD010157. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010157.pub2.
  • Koh D, Abdullah AMKb, Wang P, Lin N, Luo N. Validation of Brunei's Malay EQ-5D Questionnaire in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. PLoS ONE 2016; 11(11): e0165555. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165555

View full list of publications since 2017 here

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Fax (65) 6779 1489 
Email david_koh@nuhs.edu.sg


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