Every few years, the leadership of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine changes. Professor Dr Sanjay Rampal took over the Headship from Prof Maznah Dahlui in 2016. In the last five years of his leadership, Prof Dr Rampal has brought in many changes, among his greatest achievements is convincing the academics and the non-academics in the department to start teaching evening classes. The change was needed to ensure that the Department maintains its premier in public health education and training in Malaysia.
Prof Rampal has also initiated the rebranding of the Department. In 2018 the Department has launched a re-branding exercise to unify Public Health teaching, research and consultation with the launch of the PublicHealth@UM logo and tagline “Creating the future of Public Health”. The Department would like to thank Prof Dr Sanjay Rampal for his leadership and foresight.
Professor Dr Victor Hoe Chee Wai has been appointed the new Head of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine starting from 19 February 2021 to 31 December 2023. Dr Hoe was a Master of Public Health and Master of Public Health (Occupational Health) alumni from the Department.
The Department would like to congratulate Prof Dr Hoe and wish him success in leading the Department to new heights.