HomeResearchLeadership Institute for Global Health Transformation (LIGHT)

Leadership Institute for Global Health Transformation (LIGHT)

The Leadership Institute for Global Health Transformation (LIGHT) was established by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in 2016 to address global health issues that are relevant to Singapore and the School’s regional partners. It aims to be a platform to encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas as well as support international collaborations to facilitate evidence-based solutions that deliver measurable public health impact to Singapore and across the world.

With the objective of transforming old paradigms of health to achieve enduring population health outcomes, LIGHT adopts a multi-disciplinary approach in pursuing an active agenda in building up thought leadership and core competencies in health development. Through its Public Health Thought Leadership Dialogue (PHTLD) series, LIGHT generates discussions with high-profile global health leaders as well as experts from different research disciplines on solutions to global health challenges. LIGHT also publishes Global Health White Papers to inform policy-makers in the region about global health issues and solutions.

Moving forward, LIGHT will be the vehicle for the School to achieve regional and global impact. Under a new leadership, LIGHT will consolidate and forge new regional partnerships with governments, academia, local communities and non-governmental organisations with the purpose to transform health promotion and disease prevention. LIGHT is thus the platform to facilitate and focus all global health expertise and resources of the School, including the training of global health leaders both locally and regionally, to effectively address and ameliorate the region’s most pressing health issues.


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 




Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Tahir Foundation Building
National University of Singapore
12 Science Drive 2
Singapore 117549
For all visitors, kindly proceed to Level 10 Reception Area at MD1
Telephone: (65) 6516 4988
Fascimile: (65) 6779 1489

Connect With Us:     

© National University of Singapore. All Rights Reserved.
Legal   Branding guidelines