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Coffee & Careers: Exploring Public Health and Global Health Careers - A Discussion with Dr Nason Tan

Presented by the School of Public Health Professional Development Hub (SPH PD Hub), join us for a discussion exploring Public Health and Global Health Careers!

In this session, we will chat with Dr Nason Tan (MBBS, MPH), Regional Operations Support Unit Director at Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong. Dr Tan will share his personal career journey in public and global health. He will also discuss his experience working with MSF and share his insights about the impact of and works of MSF both locally and globally.

This is an interactive discussion where you will have the opportunity to ask Dr Tan questions you may have about careers in this field.

About the Speaker:

Nason Tan is a Malaysian physician with public health background. He is an alumni of HKU’s Master of Public Health (MPH) programme. He started his clinical career serving in rural Borneo and was attached with the flying doctor service. He subsequently left the government sector with Kuala Lumpur General Hospital being his last place of work. He then joined Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2011 working in different capacity as a field worker, Board director, and currently as the Regional Operations Support Unit Director of MSF Hong Kong.

Nason has done humanitarian missions in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia. He has managed outbreaks of Cholera, Lassa fever, severe Malaria and malnutrition emergencies. He has also done exploratory mission in Borneo, and coordinated a search and rescue effort for the Rohingya refugees in the 2015 Andaman Sea crisis which led to the founding of South East Asia Refugees Support Network.

Nason was previously the MSF Hong Kong Board President. He represents this region’s voice in bringing awareness to the MSF movement on issues of Methanol poisoning, access to treatment for Hepatitis C, plight of the Rohingya refugees, and Planetary Health.

In his personal capacity, he is actively involved with the under-privileged community such as refugees, poor urban and homeless folks, injecting substance users, sex workers, orang asli (indigenous tribes), and the rural population. He was also a part-time university lecturer and has provided training and coaching sessions to local NGOs and medical students on humanitarian crises, health needs assessment, sexual health, HIV and substance misuse advocacy, as well as communication skills.


Dr Polly Wong (view profile)

Lecturer, School of Public Health,

The University of Hong Kong

Details and Registration:

Date: April 29th, 2021

Time: 17:00 – 18:00 HKT

Registration: Registration closes April 28th 2021 at 12 noon

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Polly Wong by email at

About Coffee and Career Series:

We will invite professionals across different public health and global health employment fields to share their real-life experience from time to time. It will give you an exclusive chance to interact with the professionals, and also allow you to get the first-hand career information in the field. Stay connected with us at our Linkedin Page.

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