The year 2008 marks the 55th anniversary of the graduate public health programme in Singapore. This article traces the evolution of the programme-from the Diploma in Public Health in 1953 to the Master of Public Health in 2007-in response to changing challenges and needs. It also discusses the role Singapore can continue to play in addressing global inequities in access to public health education and in strengthening public health capacity in the region and beyond.
The effectiveness with which the world tackles its most pressing public health problems depends crucially on the calibre of its public health workforce. Institutions of higher learning play a critical leadership role in this regard, both to build capacity at the national, regional and global levels, and to ensure that public health policy and practice is underpinned by scientific rigour.
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