Celebrating 15 Years of Public Health Excellence: The Journey of the Centre for Population Health

This year, the Centre for Population Health (CePH) proudly celebrates its 15th anniversary. Since its inception on February 18, 2009, under the auspices of the Vice-Chancellor of the Universiti Malaya (Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon), CePH has been a shining beacon of excellence in the field of public health.

The centre was founded by Associate Professor Dr Nabilla Al-Sadat, Professor Dr Tin Tin Su, and Professor Dr Maznah Dahlui. Following their leadership roles, Professor Dr Hazreen Abdul Majid assumed the position as the head of the centre, and currently, Associate Professor Dr Nik Daliana Nik Farid oversees its operations. Under her dynamic leadership, CePH has embarked on a vibrant journey, focusing on research, workshops, and training, while fostering an environment of innovation and advocacy. This commitment has transformed the Centre into a hub for advancing public health initiatives.

In the realm of research, CePH has led several significant projects, reflecting its unwavering commitment to addressing critical health issues. Among these is the Kavli Trust Project, which is dedicated to promoting mental health among at-risk adolescents in Malaysia through the evaluation of the “Super Skills for Life” (SSL) intervention. Additionally, CePH is also engaged in a cross-comparison study on mental health literacy among adolescents in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

In collaboration with CEBP and UNICEF, the Centre is conducting implementation research on the Growth Monitoring and Promotion Programme Among Children (GMP) under 5 in Malaysia. Another noteworthy initiative is the EMPEROR project, which focuses on nutrition education interventions to improve parental feeding practices and combat child malnutrition in food-insecure households in Malaysia.

As we commemorate 15 years of impactful contributions, CePH’s dedication to research, education, and community well-being exemplifies its commitment to pioneering public health excellence. CePH remains at the forefront of public health, continuously striving to innovate and advocate for a healthier, more resilient society. As we look forward to the future, we are excited about the continued impact of CePH’s work on public health in Malaysia and beyond.

Join us in celebrating this milestone and in anticipating the many more achievements to come in the field of public health.

The write-up was prepared by Dr Kwong Soke Chee, Associate Professor Dr Nik Daliana Nik Farid, and Associate Professor Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya.

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