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Josip Car
Centre for Population Health Sciences

Associate Professor Josip Car, MD PhD DIC MSc FFPH FRCP (Edin), is the Founding Director of the Centre for Population Health Sciences and Chair, Health Services and Outcomes Research Programme at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, the Director of the Global eHealth Unit at Imperial College London, and a practicing physician. He works or has worked with the World Health Organization, OECD, World Bank, the Global Fund, Singapore Ministry of Health amongst others. He is a Board Member of the BMC Medicine and Journal of Global Health; an Editor of the Cochrane Collaboration and Acta Dermato-Venereologica.

Assoc Prof Car has a track record of blending academic, policy, management and clinical work. He served in a range of roles including as a Director of Public Health and Primary Care and lead director for integrated care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Director of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Primary Care Research Network and co-director of NIHR Comprehensive Local Research Network for London (NW), Medical Director and Chair of a Professional Executive Committee of a healthcare commissioning organization, Primary Care and Research Adviser to the Editor of the BMJ, a director for the Imperial GP Specialty Training, a member of International Advisory Board for City of Rotterdam, etc.

Research Statement

The mission of the Centre of Population Health Sciences is to contribute to transformation of health systems – for more effective, person-centred and safer care.. We are a multidisciplinary team that evaluates and innovate from individual person, healthcare institution to policy interventions level with special focus on digital transformation.

Research One-liner

Innovative solutions to transform health care


GBD 2017 Lower Respiratory Infections Collaborators. Quantifying risks and interventions that have affected the burden of lower respiratory infections among children younger than 5 years: an analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020;20(1):60-79. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(19)30410-4 ##

Greenhalgh T, Koh GCH, Car J. Covid-19: a remote assessment in primary care. BMJ. 2020;368:m1182. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m1182 #

Lum E, Jimenez G, Huang Z, Thai L, Semwal M, Boehm BO, Car J. Decision Support and Alerts of Apps for Self-management of Blood Glucose for Type 2 Diabetes. JAMA. 2019;321(15):1530-2. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.1644 ##

Latest Projects
  1. World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Digital Health and Health Education
  2. Preventing limb losses in Singapore through health literacy and healthcare improvements
  3. Understanding self-management of chronic wounds in the community setting by diabetic patients and carers as well as their views on using a self-management and education app for diabetic foot ulcers
  4. NTU Healthy Campus Initiative Translation Unit
  5. Extending health span through diabetes health literacy and competency assessment
  6. Developing a global assessment framework for health apps targeted at elderly users with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
  7. Understanding self-management of chronic wounds in the community setting by diabetic patients and carers as well as their views on using a self-management and education app for diabetic foot ulcers

We collaborate internationally.

Advice to young researchers

Research could be summarized in three words: think, play, do. It is about creating new ideas, thinking about new options and playing with them to see if they are practical, beneficial and economical, and then doing: making the research real. Each of these steps – think, play, do endures rigorous scientific analysis.

Other affiliation(s)

Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Digital Health and Health Education

Chair, Health Services and Outcomes Research, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

Reader, Primary Care and eHealth, Imperial College London

Expert Areas
artificial intelligence in health, digital health, digital health education, Health Systems, mHealth, Population health

Research Interests
Digital transformation of health and healthcare, population health and health systems science

Research Category
Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Social Sciences
Research Sub-category
Biomedical Sciences & Life Sciences, Info-Communication Technology, Interface of Biology and Engineering (Engineering in Biology), Internet & Communications, Sociology
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Smart cities, smart nation & future living, Tele-health, medicine, rehab & therapeutics
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING – Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
GOAL 4: QUALITY EDUCATION – Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
02 May 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020