“Introduction to Healthcare PPPs”
National University of Singapore, July 2020
“Introduction to Healthcare PPPs” was a six-session course taught in conjunction with the National University of Singapore School of Public Health in July of 2020. Adapted to a distance-learning model, the course was conducted entirely over Zoom, and was designed to help participants understand how public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be used to confront the most significant healthcare challenges of our time, including non-communicable diseases, aging populations, and Covid-19.
Taking the Healthcare PPP Guide as its core curriculum, the workshop emphasized the skills, frameworks, motivations, and incentives that underpin successful PPPs. In addition to lectures and participatory Q&A sessions led by Professor Trager, a set of two hands-on group projects were facilitated by Professor Kee Seng Chia, Founding Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Projects focused on one of two Singapore-specific case studies—those of the Health Promotion Board and the National Kidney Foundation—making clear the relevance of the program’s key concepts to Singapore’s unique policy challenges.
The workshop took place over six sessions during two consecutive weeks. Each session included a one-hour lecture and a Q&A session, followed by a two-hour group work session. Participants included representatives from the Singaporean Ministry of Health, academic institutions, and top-tier private-sector companies.
Students were consistently engaged and insightful, and frequently pushed the discussion far beyond what we would have thought possible over video-conference. In fact, over the run of the course, we devoted approximately one third of our total lecture time to answering over forty distinct participant questions, which were—without exception—challenging, thoughtful and creative.
In their anonymous course evaluations, participants consistently praised the course’s “balanced approach” between hands-on work and lectures, and cited the “discussions” and “group projects” as among the most beneficial parts of the class. “The lectures were insightful and organized, clear and concise,” wrote one participant, while another felt that “the group work segment was the most enjoyable, as it allowed us to bounce ideas off one another and think about different perspectives.”