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Dr Derrick Heng is Group Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health in Singapore, with responsibility for oversight of Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases. His areas of work include public health policy and surveillance for communicable and non-communicable diseases; public health aspects of pandemic preparedness and response; population health analytics and the provision of public health intelligence to support policy and planning; and international co-operation. Derrick has been involved in policy initiatives in the areas of HIV, TB, tobacco control, obesity, chronic disease screening and mental health in Singapore.
Coming from a background in clinical internal medicine, Derrick began working in the field of epidemiology in 1997, after obtaining a Masters at Cambridge University. Before taking on a policy role, he was involved in epidemiological research in the areas of clinical epidemiology, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, in addition to interests in research design and methodology, and the ethical review of clinical trials.
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