|Speaker: Dr Salome A Rebello
Title: Nutrition, obesity and cardiovascular disease
Short Synopsis: What we eat and drink can affect our health in many ways. A lack of essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, selected fatty acids and amino acids) can lead to severe deficiency diseases and low energy or protein intake can lead to malnutrition. Excess energy intake, 'overeating', can also lead to ill health: accumulation of too much body fat can interfere with normal metabolism and contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain types of cancer. In terms of public health interventions, it is increasingly realized than only educational initiatives have limited impact on improving lifestyles. An approach where healthier choices become easy or even default choices by changing the food and physical activity environmental is also warranted. This lecture will be an opportunity to engage students in a discussion on novel policies and interventions to improve dietary intakes of the population and contain the future burden of chronic diseases.
1. To know about the global prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases and how economic transitions are typically accompanied by epidemiological and dietary transitions.
2. To have a basic understanding about the ways that dietary intakes can affect the development of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases
3. To reflect on determinants of dietary intakes in the populations and a diversity of intervention and policy initiatives that can improve dietary intakes and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases.
|Speaker: Assoc Prof Legido-Quigley Helena
Title: The Global Health Architecture and its Governance
Short synopsis: The lecture will present the Global factors that shape health and healthcare; will describe who are the actors/processes and power relations in health globally and how this have evolved over time; and will conclude with some of the current challenges in the global health architecture.
1. Discuss the impact of Globalization on health and the Global context
2. Map the changing GH Actors—roles and relationships
3. Analyse context-specific policy making/shaping processes that impact health
4. Discuss implications for global health/SDG agenda-setting
5. Learn how to conduct a policy analysis using the policy triangle framework and conducting a stakeholder analysis
|Speaker: Dr Rick Ong Twee Hee
Title: Public Health in the Era of Genomics
Short synopsis: This seminar will provide an introduction to how the advent of genomic technology is expected to impact multiple aspects of public health and the practice of clinical medicine. This seminar will also review the development of genomics in pharmacology, infectious and chronic diseases, the integration of population cohort studies with genetics and the challenges and opportunities present in public health genomics.
1. To appreciate the different facets of public health that are impacted by the genomic revolution
2. To understand the challenges and opportunities that the genomic era presents for public health
3. To realize the importance in gearing up the healthcare agencies to understand, interpret and utilize genomic information in the formulation of public health policies.
|Speaker: Assoc Prof Fong Ngan Phoon
Title: Singapore's Ageing Society and Its Implications on Our Healthcare System
Short synopsis: This seminar will focus on the demographics of aging internationally and in Singapore, and its implications to public health.
1. To describe the global and local phenomenon of ageing
2. To understand how ageing affects public health
|Speaker: Dr Jeong Kyu Lee
Title: Communicating public health evidence to the public
This lecture is designed to introduce students to the study and application of principles and practices to communicate public health information to individual, institutional and public audiences. In this lecture, we will discuss some important issues associated with health and risk communication such as uncertainty, literacy. We will also consider some contexts in which health and medical information appear, including news and entertainment media. In addition, we will discuss effective message design principles (e.g., numeric presentation, visual and verbal communication, stories about health) to communicate about health and risks in terms of strategic efforts. Ethical considerations and policy implications will be discussed at the end of the lecture.
1. To understand sources and outcomes of uncertainty in health contexts (e.g., medical encounters)
2. To find and use appropriate sources to aid health message design
3. To use principles of health message design to communicate public health evidence to the public
Speaker: Dr Mark Chen
Title: What makes communicable diseases so special?
Short Synopsis: Communicable diseases involve the interaction between host organisms and microbes, giving rise to some special properties not seen in non-communicable diseases, with interesting implications.
1. To gain an appreciation of the properties of infectious diseases that make them so special;
2. To understand how these properties affect the way we study, control and prevent communicable diseases
|Speaker: Dr Vincent Pang Junxiong
Title: Dengue Prevention and Control: What is the role of Public Health?
Dengue has resulted in significant burden in the tropical and sub-tropical regions. With increasing trend of global warming and globalization, this burden is likely to increase. New advances in dengue prevention provide some optimism of reducing this burden due to the expanding dengue evasion. However, challenges remain with the implementation and sustainability of current dengue vaccine and wMel- Wolbachia strain-carrying mosquitoes. This lecture will be an opportunity to engage students in a discussion on novel policies and interventions to improve dengue prevention and control, and their challenges.
1. To know about the global burden, prevention methods and challenges of dengue.
2. To have a basic understanding about the different risk factors and the concept of multi-factorial in causing a disease.
3. To reflect on current interventions, policy initiatives and the role of Public Health for dengue prevention.