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Health Services and Systems Research

What is the HSSR Programme?

HSSR is a center of academic excellence for research and education on the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. Our focus is on public health and clinical service innovation in an increasingly complex and connected world.

HSSR employs a systems perspective to address critical health issues. Systems thinking cuts across all of our research priorities and recognizes the multiple leverage points and feedback loops involved. This includes health, social, economic, political, biological and other systems. Our focus is to conduct clinical and public health research that benets Singapore. However, we also undertake regional and international work that is consistent with Duke-NUS's global health mission.

Primary Disciplines

• Health Services Research

• Health Systems Modelling

• Health Economics

• Health Policy

Curriculum Requirement


Semester 1
Core Course "Molecules to Medicines"
Laboratory Rotation 1
Laboratory Rotation 2
Laboratory Rotation 3

Semester 2 onwards
GMS6950 - Health Services and Systems Research
GMS6900 - Student Research Seminars (6 semesters)

Elective Course (Decided by Student & Mentor and approved by Course Coordinator):
Additional modular credits of 6000 level
Additional modular credits of 5000 level or higher

Thesis & Research




Total 60

Recent Significant Publications

Effect of Home Testing of International Normalized Ratio on Clinical Events. New England Journal of Medicine, 2010; 363(17), 1608-1620
Authors: Matchar D.B., Jacobson A., Dolor R.J., Edson R.G., Uyeda L., Phibbs C.S., Vertrees J.E., Shih M.C., Holodniy M., Lavori P.

Impact of Targeted Beverage Taxes on Higher and Lower Income Households. Archives of Internal Medicine, Dec 13, 2010;170(22), 2028-2034
Authors: Finkelstein E.A., Zhen C., Nonnemaker J.M., Todd J.E.

Cost effectiveness of epidermal growth factor receptor mutation testing and first line treatment with gefitinib for patients with advanced adenocarcinoma of the lung. Cancer, 2011
Authors: Lopes G.L., Segel J.E., Tan S.W., Do Y.K., Mok T., Finkelstein E.A.

The Impact of Mandatory Menu Labeling in One Fast Food Chain in King County, Washingon. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Feb 2011;40(2), 122-127
Authors: Finkelstein E.A., Strombotne K.L., Chan N.L., Krieger J.

Self reported pain severity among multiethnic older Singaporeans: Does adjusting for reporting heterogeneity matter? European Journal of Pain, Published online Jun 8, 2011, DOI: 10.1016/ j.ejpain.2011.05.006
Authors: Chan A., Malhotra C., Do Y.K., Malhotra R., Østbye T.

Living arrangements, social networks and depressive symptoms among older men and women in Singapore. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Jul 2010
Authors: Chan A., Malhotra C., Malhotra R., Østbye T.

Correlates of Limitations in Activities of Daily Living and Mobility among Community Dwelling Older Singaporeans. Ageing & Society, Published online Dec 21, 2010
Authors: Chan A., Malhotra C., Østbye T.