John Tayu Lee

Senior Lecturer


John received his MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Economics from the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York, England. From 2009 to 2015, he was a health economist at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service at Imperial College, London. From 2015 to 2017, John was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Health Economics at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore.

John’s research interests are in the Economics of Prevention, with an emphasis on the link between research evidence and policy. The main areas of his research currently include:

  • economic burden of chronic disease multimorbidity
  • tobacco control
  • health system performance
  • policy evaluation

He has published over 70 referred papers in leading public health and medical journals, including Lancet Global Health, Health Affairs, The Lancet, BMJ, CMAJ, Paediatrics, Annals of Family Medicine, Tobacco Control, BMJ Global Health and Preventive Medicine. He has featured in media outlets including the BBC News, Reuters, the Times of India, China Daily, ABC and BBC Radio. He has been Principal Investigator for 7 research awards, and Co-Investigator for another 7 competitive grants, totalling over 6 million AUD.

John has senior editorial responsibilities as an Associate Editor for two public health journals: (1) BMC Public Health (2017-2020), and (2) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2020-present). He reviews grant and fellowship proposals for numerous international funding agencies.

John teaches comparative health system, and health economics modules at the Master/ PhD levels. He has mentored numerous academic researchers including over 60 PhD, Master of Public Health students, public health trainees and junior doctors across his career at Imperial College, NUS, and UoM.

John grew up in Taiwan. In 2016-2017, he was President of the International Society for Pharmaco-economics and Outcomes Research Singapore Chapter. John was a Visiting Scientist at T.H Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University. In 2016, he was awarded the Alan Williams Fellowship from the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York.

Enquiries from prospective PhD Students are welcome in any of the research areas listed above

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