Department of Medicine and Health Sciences
University Putra Malaysia
Professor Dr Latiffah was born on 25 December 1956. She received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) from National University of Malaysia in 1981, Master of Medicine in Public Health from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1992. In 2004, she was a visiting Scientists at University of Malta-INIA-SAGE and a visiting fellowship at University Malta-International Institute of Ageing (INIA) in 2006 sponsored by UNFPA, where she was involved in subspecialty training in Geriatrics & Social Gerontology.
To date, she has been with University Putra Malaysia for more than 20 years as a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She achieve excellent performance in all the five in work practice assessment categories, which are the teaching and supervision, research and publication, academic recognition and leadership, services for the university and society, consultation and partnership with the industry. Professor Dr Latiffah has a long administrative experience; her contribution to management began as Head of Family Health Unit, Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UPM for 11 years, from 2001 to 2011. Prior to being seconded to Head of Family Health Unit in 2001 as its first Deputy Director of the Institute of Gerontology. Subsequently, from 2006 until 2010, she was appointed as the Head of Cancer Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Epidemiology, Laboratory for Cancer Research UPMMAKNA, Institute of Bioscience, UPM. In 2013 until 2016 she was appointed as the Director of Cancer Resource and Education Centre (CaRE), UPM.
During her services in UPM, she is one of the pioneers in helping to set up the Primary Health Care and Public Health components in the curriculum of Medical training to medical students as well as and health sciences students such as in the Bachelor of Nursing, and Environmental & Occupational Health for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM. She was also the Head of Research and a member of various research projects funded by government and non-governmental bodies. At the national level, she is actively involved in research activities with the Ministry of Health Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education, especially with Division of Public Health. She has been entrusted by the Ministry to lead a research team to formulate an Entry Examination to standardize the intake of appropriate candidates for paramedic and Allied Health courses in the Ministry of Health in 2002 which served as the Director of Examination Unit evaluate the teaching and learning. She was also entrusted by the Ministry of Education Malaysia helped to develop a teaching module for the publication of module for the vocational training of 4th & 5th form in the secondary school children in Malaysia on Basic Geriatrics and Gerontology which served as the Chairman of the Editorial committee and External Member of Quality Assurance.
Prof. Dr. Latiffah is a scientific researcher and prolific writer. For the first time in Malaysia (at the time) she led a team, consisting of researchers in the field of women health from the Ministry of Health Malaysia and local universities, to study the women health status of the Malaysian Population between 2004 and 2011. This was a landmark study as previously no such study had been conducted. Since then, other similar studies have been conducted in Malaysia. She was also provides consultations and expert reference with industry such as MAS Catering Sdn Bhd, Polytech Malaysia Sdn Bhd, MOH in National HiB Vaccination Project, Al- Syifa’ Sdn. Bhd ,DRC Sdn Bhd, Mobecomm Technologies Sdn Bhd, Panellist for Human Life Advancement Foundation Scholarship, Public Health Consultant and Research advisor to Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism and others. In addition, to conducting research, she also contributed to the generation of knowledge through scientific papers published in national and international journals. She has published over 100 scientific papers in international and national journals, invitations as speaker representative in about 150 seminars/conferences and supervised/supervising over 358 graduate and was an ad hoc statistical reviewer for numerous medical journals and continues to be a resource person in scientific writing. In recognition of her contributions to public health, Prof Dr Latiffah was made a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Health Medicine Malaysia (FPHMM) by the Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association in 2016, Awards of Merit- Public Health Medicine Specialist in 2014 by the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and she have been recognized as Top Research Scientists of Malaysia (TRSM) 2016 by the Academy of Science, Malaysia (ASM).
When in UPM, Professor Dr Latiffah actively conducted interesting community programs known as Education and Community Awareness Programs to bring Primary and Secondary Health Care services to the people of the Malaysia. This unique programs is designed as part of medical students’ curriculum in providing those students with hands-on medical expertise before graduating as a medical doctors. The carnival is given free of charge for people in the community to undergo basic physical check-up to ensure their health status is good. Awareness on chronic diseases such as breast and cervical cancer among women, smoking habit among men, obesity, hypertension, physical activities and healthy meals are highlighted to the community during the carnival. The carnival had received overwhelming support and attention from the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the top management of UPM. She played a major role in community health activities and she has been recognized nominated by UPM to the Ministry of Higher Education to contest for the prestigious award UNESCO Kalinga Prize for outstanding scientist in the POPULARIZATION OF SCIENCE in 2010 and nominated by UPM to the Ministry of Higher Education to contest for the prestigious award Asia Africa Development University Networking Award (AADUN) in early 2011 and Women Leadership Award in Healthcare, CMO Asia Awards in 2016.
Internationally, Prof. Dr. Latiffah has been as the Keynote speaker, Chairman, External Examiner and Reviewer of grant/scholarship. She also served as an Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor Board Member of various international journals such as The Scientific Pages of Family Medicine, Gynecology and Women’s Health Research, Austin Journal of Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome, Journal of Public Health and Diseases, International Journal of Cancer Research, Asian Journal of Epidemiology, Trends in Medical Research, Asian Journal of Scientific Research and Journal of Medical Sciences and Evaluator for journal articles for national and international. She is a member of the European Association for Cancer Research since 2009 and she is the main player in networking between the departments and other agencies (national and international) which have been able to initiate exchange of knowledge, research funding, and training for lecturers. With her experience and contacts at the national and international levels, Prof. Dr. Latiffah has become a renowned expert in the field of Public Health and it known to many in and outside the country.
Public Health Medicine; Reproductive Health; Women’s Health; Health Promotion and education; Primary Health Care