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Professor Tin Tin Su is a clinically qualified public health physician and researcher with more than 20 years of working experience. She is passionate about improving population health via community capacity building, social epidemiology, and implementation science research.

She is a director of the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO) Health & Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) and principal investigator for a community cohort, which includes about 38,000 population. Professor Su has extensively leveraged HDSS data from other sites via the recently established HDSS-Asia network, where she is part of the working committee.

Professor Su is one of the founding members of the Asia Health Literacy Association (AHLA) and was elected vice president of 2014–2016. She obtained the Yufong International Health Literacy Award (2017) and Health Literacy Leadership Award (2018). Professor Su is an executive board member of the International Health Literacy Association (IHLA) and director of the Asian region. She integrated the concept of health literacy in population-based research and interventions in HDSS.

She is an honorary professor at the University of Malaya (Malaysia) and a visiting scholar at the Queen’s University of Belfast (UK).

Professor Su is actively involved in research projects focus on digital health and is appointed as an advisory group member of the Monash University NEtwork for Equity through Digital Health (NEED).

Research interests

    • Community engagement and capacity building
    • Social epidemiology and social determinants of health
    • Digital health application, general and digital health literacy
    • Cancer screening and early diagnosis
    • Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
    • Designing and implementation of community cohorts
    • Public health programme evaluation and implementation science research
    • Ageing research in community
    • Health system and evidence-based policy

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

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health & Health Economics, Dr.Med, University of Heidelberg

1 Oct 200331 Mar 2006

Award Date: 17 Feb 2006

Community Health & Health Management, MSc.CHHM, University of Heidelberg

1 Oct 200030 Sep 2001

Award Date: 4 Sep 2001

Medicine, M.B.,B.S, Institute of Medicine (1), Yangon

1 Nov 198231 Oct 1990

Award Date: 24 Oct 1990

External positions

Honorary Professor, Queen's University Belfast

7 Oct 20216 Oct 2024

Honorary Professor, Universiti Malaya (University of Malaya)

21 Aug 2018 → …

Research area keywords

  • Somatic NCD
  • Cancer Screening & Early Diagnosis
  • Ageing/ Gerontology
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Community health development
  • Health Literacy
  • Social determinants of health


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