Groups and Divisions

Public Health: Groups and Divisions

Environmental Health Institute
The Environmental Health Institute (EHI) conducts research, surveillance, and risk assessment to acquire knowledge on environmental issues affecting public health. The key thrust of the institute is to develop evidence-based, cost-effective tools and strategies to safeguard a healthy environment. EHI’s work falls under five transdisciplinary programmes: Mosquito-borne Diseases, Zoonotic Diseases, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental Surveillance; and Chemical Pollutants. Working with other stakeholders, EHI strives to contribute to the continuous advancement of Singapore's public health.Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Division
The Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology Division (EETD) generates scientific evidence and provides scientific advice to strengthen policies aimed at protecting population health from environmental, entomological, ecological and pollutant influences. 

Microbiology and Molecular Epidemiology Division
The Microbiology and Molecular Epidemiology Division (MMED) carries out research, surveillance and risk assessment of these pathogens to support policy making. The understanding of environmental hygiene, environmental contamination and other factors affecting infectious disease transmission are key for the design and implementation of risk mitigation strategies for prevention and control of diseases caused by environmentally-transmitted and vector-borne pathogens. 

Vector Biology and Control Division
The Vector Biology and Control Division (VBCD) carries out research and surveillance of mosquitoes and other vectors and risk assessment of present and future vector-borne diseases that poses a public health threat to Singapore.  The division continually explores and evaluate new and safe control tools, and developed novel strategies for risk intervention and management that are tailored to Singapore’s unique urban and dense landscape.
Environmental Public Health Operations Group
The Environmental Public Health Operations Group (EPHOG) manages a large and diverse range of environmental public health functions. Its main areas of operations are in vector control, sanitation, littering and smoking enforcement, environmental hygiene and public feedback management.
Central Regional Office
The Central Regional Office (CRO) is the operational arm of the Environmental Public Health Group that manages a diverse range of environmental public health functions such as vector control, enforcement on littering and smoking prohibition, and public feedback management in the central region of Singapore. CRO also oversees two specialist sections - the Rat Control Section and the Port Health Section.

Eastern Regional Office
The Eastern Regional Office (ERO) is the operational arm of the Environmental Public Health Group that manages a diverse range of environmental public health functions such as vector control, enforcement on littering and smoking prohibition, and public feedback management in the eastern region of Singapore. The Eastern Regional Office also oversees the Malaria Surveillance Section, a specialist section for the surveillance of malaria vectors in Singapore.

Sanitation and Compliance Division
The Sanitation and Compliance Division (SCD) manages the operations, enforcement and compliance in the areas of sanitation, littering, smoking and environmental hygiene. It handles the enforcement administration for the operational departments across NEA, including the execution of Warrant of Arrests.  SCD also coordinates the contingency response plans for EPHOG.

Vector Operations Division
The Vector Control Operations Division (VCOD) works with the Regional Offices to implement and perform the critical work needed to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergency posed by vector-borne diseases. The division integrates surveillance and epidemiological information for disease outbreak investigation and intervention.  It also coordinates with stakeholders within and beyond NEA, develops long-term strategies, operational policies and protocols, and ensures the compliance to these protocols.  

Western Regional Office
The Western Regional Office (WRO) is the operational arm of the Environmental Public Health Group on a diverse range of environmental public health functions including vector control,  sanitation, enforcement on littering and smoking prohibition, and public feedback management for the western and northern regions of Singapore. WRO also oversees the two specialist sections (Enforcement Section & Video Surveillance Section) that manage strategic enforcement operations pertaining to littering, including high rise littering and smoking prohibition across the island.  
Division of Public Cleanliness
The Division of Public Cleanliness (DPC) upholds public health through the provision of cleaning services for public areas such as public roads, pavements, drains, and other public areas not under the maintenance of Town Councils.  DPC also manages the clean-up of public places after emergency events such as road spillage, coastal oil spills, floods, tsunamis, volcanic ash fallout and disinfection of premises during infectious disease outbreaks.  
Memorial Facilities and Planning Division 
The Memorial Facilities and Planning Division (MFPD) is responsible for the planning and delivery of after-death facilities and services to ensure timely, adequate and sustainable provision of after-death facilities, supported by a professional funerary industry.  The aim is to achieve the vision of “Leave well, grieve well”, in the face of an ageing population and the constraint of land scarcity.
Public Health Operational Policy Division 
The Public Health Operational Policy Division (PHOPD) works to strengthen policies, processes and operational capabilities in the areas of vector control and sanitation to meet current and future challenges. This includes developing solutions for current challenges, exploring and leveraging new operational technologies, and developing strategic programmes and engaging relevant industries and stakeholders.