How Distinctive Academic Health System of Singapore Is

How Distinctive Academic Health System of Singapore Is Singapore is a dream country for not only the tourists, but also students of all nations from all around the world. With the fast growth in only short period of time, Singapore is a leading country which has developed in all sectors including education system. Based on the interview conducted online between Health Time Magazine and Ms. Eva Ho, Group Director, Communication Office of NUHS, we proudly bring you, our beloved readers to  get to know more about NUHS including visions, views on health education as well as special features of medical schools in Singapore along with admission requirements for both Singaporeans and international students. Visions of NUHS   The National University Health System (NUHS) is an integrated academic health system compromising the National University Hospital (NUH), the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS), the National University Centre for Oral Health (NUCOHS), the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the NUS Faculty of Dentistry and the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.    With the vision of shaping medicine for the future, NUHS aims to develop innovative, value-driven, and sustainable healthcare which impacts population health and changes the natural history of chronic disease in Singapore as well as to strive to grow and nurture the next generation of healthcare professionals who will continue to contribute towards healthcare in Singapore.    Views of NUHS on educating the next generation of healthcare professionals   At NUHS, we are committed to our mission of developing the next generation of healthcare professionals to meet the rising healthcare needs of Singapore.  To achieve this mission, we emphasise on academic excellence and draw upon the research capabilities of the three NUS Schools in the NUHS group to provide better and more value-based healthcare to our patients.    Looking ahead, as Singapore faces challenges of an ageing population and manpower constraints, NUHS aims to leverage our strengths in the integration of our clinical and academic enterprises to develop new models of care which will meet Singapore’s emerging health and healthcare demands.   Special Features of School Curriculum   Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine    With the belief that clinical knowledge alone does not make a doctor, and that compassion and sensitivity to the needs of patients also matter, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, known as NUS Medicine teaches students to treat patients holistically with its distinctive, forward-looking undergraduate curriculum with a strong emphasis on nurturing compassionate and skilful doctors, and at the same time prepare them to meet the healthcare needs of an aging Singaporean population. Learning how to build rapport with patients and understand how the patients’ conditions affect them and their families at home is also provided beyond lectures and tutorials.      Meanwhile, the curriculum is continually refined as to keep pace with evolving medical and healthcare challenges. The teaching is made with simulation training that tests and trains students to work on realistic and challenging clinical situations as a team. As part of a comprehensive university comprising 17 schools and faculties, NUS Medicine provides students the opportunity to work alongside other students from Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy as well as Social Work and learn how to care for patients as members of integrated care teams.  This is further enhanced with its own Inter-Professional Education training where students learn together, build friendships and cultivate professional relationships that will enable them to work better in collaborative care teams in the future.    Additionally, as a founding institutional member of the NUHS, NUS Medicine students benefit from the experience and expertise of academic and clinical faculty of all NUHS institutions.   Faculty of Dentistry   A key focus of the curriculum of NUS Faculty of Dentistry is to nurture and train practice-ready oral health care professionals who are competent to deliver high quality patient-centric care and improve the oral health of the Singapore population with the adoption of a competency-based framework to help its students develop a wide spectrum of competencies expected of a newly graduated dentist.  With such a framework, students optimise their learning, anchor themselves in the fundamentals of clinical dentistry and equip themselves with the skills to carry out a comprehensive range of dental procedures.     Dental education offered by the Faculty comprises a combination of didactic lectures, small-group tutorials as well as hands-on clinical practice supervised by clinical staff.  Complementing such teaching methods is the use of simulation training which is offered in the pre-clinical years of the undergraduate programme.     Beyond the campus, the students also bring their oral health knowledge to the community where they conduct oral health screenings and offer dental health education to the public.  The students are also given the opportunity to engage in research projects to gain exposure and seed an interest in scientific discovery.  Self-directed learning is also an important part of the education process where students are encouraged to think critically and independently.  The curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that it remains contemporaneous to meet the evolving and emerging demographic and healthcare needs of the population.    Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health   Public health is highly contextual depending much on the community that one wishes to engage and work in. At the same time, it is important to learn about the latest public health methods and approaches. The NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health’s Master of Public Health (MPH) programme curriculum meets both these needs. The MPH programme has recently undergone a major review and the overall objective and specific competencies have been revised according to public health work requirements defined by the UK, Australian, European and US Public Health professional organisations. The revised curriculum is geared towards more integration and streamlining of disciplines, with the core modules focusing on traditional disciplines of public health including epidemiology, biostatistics, lifestyle and socio-behavioural sciences, health policy and analysis and health systems.  The electives are grouped into focus areas of Health Policy and Healthcare Delivery, Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Global Health to guide students depending on their career aspirations.   Our academic strength comprises both local and international faculty, thus combining the best of both public healthcare in a local context and international perspectives from faculty trained in top schools of public health around the world. Students are thus exposed to the best of public health education and practice in the Singapore and Asian context as well as the latest international methodologies.  In addition, students who are enrolled in our PhD programme also greatly benefit from supervisors and mentors whose research are internationally recognised but focused on public health issues in the Asian context.       Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) of NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine   NUS Medicine was established in 1905 with the mission to educate and train doctors for Singapore. Admission to NUS Medicine is extremely competitive. Each year, difficult decisions are made when selecting from among the many talented and accomplished Singaporean students who apply for admission. In selecting Singaporeans, careful examination involving discussion with many segments of the medical community in Singapore and research into best practices from top medical schools around the world is made by looking beyond academic measures. Some other attributes of a good doctor are pro-social behaviour, communication skills, insight, integrity, teamwork, meticulous work habits and responsibility.    Admission to the Faculty of Dentistry and Public Health for International Student   For the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) Master of Public Health (MPH) programme, international students should have the following qualities as mentioned below : Have a good academic record Have good level of spoken and written English Have at least 2 years of relevant public health experience Being passionate about public health Having done related public health work Having the determination to improve themselves to serve their communities.  For the SSHSPH Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme, we are looking for students with such qualities as: Having a good academic record Having good level of spoken and written English Should have participated in relevant research and preferably published in journals or presented at scientific conferences.  You may refer to the SSHSPH website for complete details on MPH and PhD admission requirements.    For Faculty of Dentistry, applicants must : Have good academic achievements,  Be proficient in the English language (verbal and written) Display a keen interest in their fields of study.   The entry requirements for the range of postgraduate dental programs can be found at   Opportunities provided for Potential International Students   NUS Medicine offers opportunities for medical students from overseas institutions to participate in a clinical posting in Singapore under our Special Clinical Electives Programme. English is the medium of instruction and language used for patient care in the relevant hospitals, and all applications will be assessed closely.    Medical students may refer to our special clinical electives website for more information at    Our Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health offers scholarships and fellowships that are open to international students. All good candidates will be reviewed and offered support if found to be deserving.    You may refer to the following websites for more information on scholarships and financial aid:   MPH:    PhD: