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Dr Mark Wing Loong Cheong is a public health and palliative care researcher, and the current Deputy Head of School (Education) at the School of Pharmacy. His research work centres on public health approaches for people with serious illnesses and complex needs, and the role pharmacists play in improving healthcare systems. He has also collaborated with and consulted for organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), People's Health Forum, and the Third World Network on health advocacy projects on palliative care, access to medicines and healthcare, and health inequalities.

Mark is currently Visiting Fellow at the United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health, Visiting Scholar at the Maybank ASEAN Research Center at the Asia School of Business, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He is also a member of the National Palliative Care Services Development Committee within the Ministry of Health Malaysia.  He was previously a founding member of the Asian Young Pharmacist Group, a former Chairperson of the Malaysian Young Pharmacist Chapter, and a council member of the Malaysian Pharmacists Society.

Prior to joining academia, he worked in healthcare management, leading teams to design, develop, and deliver quality healthcare services in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region. Mark also worked on the project management and delivery of private-public partnerships, joint ventures and ETP projects enabled by agencies such as Ministry of Education, InvestKL and PEMANDU.

Research interests

  • Public health systems, policies, and services for noncommunicable diseases and palliative care
  • Complex needs of people living with noncommunicable diseases 
  • Equitable access to healthcare and medicines


Supervision interests

Currently accepting PhD students who are interested to pursue research in public health, palliative care, or healthcare services research that focuses on the needs of people living with noncommunicable diseases.

Please get in touch via email for preliminary discussions on potential PhD projects. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Visiting Scholar, Asia School of Business

Member (Research and Standards), National Palliative Care Services Development Committee, Kementerian Kesihatan (Malaysia) (Ministry of Health)

Visiting Fellow, UNU - United Nations University International Institute for Global Health

Research area keywords

  • Health services research
  • Public Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Global Health

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