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Preventive Medicine


Preventive Medicine focuses on the health of individuals and defined populations in order to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and prevent disease, disability, and premature death. 

Public Health and Occupational Medicine training programmes have now been grouped under the Preventive Medicine Residency Programme.

Preventive Medicine Residency Programme is a National Programme, with NUHS as the sponsoring institution for  Preventive Medicine in Singapore and the following institutions as affiliated institutions:  

Agency for Integrated Care
Eastern Health Alliance
Jurong Health Services
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Health Promotion Board
Health Sciences Authority 
Ministry Of Health
Ministry of Manpower: Occupational Health Department
Singapore Armed Forces: Preventive Medicine Unit
Singapore Health Services
National Healthcare Group: HQ, Polyclinics

The R1 to R3 years will lead to acquiring core knowledge and skills across the broad range of Preventive Medicine and Public Health competencies. The learning will be structured through a series of planned, guided and varied practical experiences that draw on the relevant knowledge base, cultivate an awareness of systems-based practice, and develop professionalism and communication skills.


The number and length of these core rotations will be at the discretion of the Programme Director, with the following:


a. At least six months in direct patient care for the general population in a primary care or intermediate/long-term care setting.

b. At least three months in a government public health agency.

c. At least three months in communicable disease control including practical, hands-on experience in the investigation and control of a communicable disease outbreak, and clinical rotations with direct patient care. This requirement may be fulfilled on a sessional basis over the practicum phase.

d. Adequate rotation through an institution or department providing comprehensive occupational services to defined work groups, including regular and frequent presence in the worksites served. This rotation includes the planning of at least one practical workforce and environmental public health programme.

The advanced practicum in Preventive Medicine will provide 24 months of training with the goal of developing specialised skills in one or more of the following areas:


a. Public Health (leading to specialist certification in Public Health)

i. Disease control and epidemiology

ii. Health policy and administration

iii. Health services research

b. Occupational and Environmental Medicine (leading to specialist certification in Occupational Medicine)

Key Features of the NUHS Preventive Medicine Residency programme:

  • This is a National Programme which offers a broad range of experiential learning across various participating sites throughout Singapore
  • Strong teaching culture with outstanding teaching faculty
  • NUHS offers the academic training for those who wish to do this in Singapore
  • Our track record – we are an internationally recognized training centre that has trained leaders in Preventive Medicine in Singapore and the region for more than 5 decades

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