Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is an internationally recognized center of excellence in the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics nurtured by competent, efficient, honest, dynamic and God-centered professionals who constantly seek and promote new ideas, technologies and programs in collaboration with local, regional, and international partners.


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics develops human resource on epidemiology and biostatistics through undergraduate and graduate education, specialty training programs, enhances capabilities of policy makers, program managers, and other health professionals from government, non-government, and private institutions both local and international through training, research and technical services.

Research Productivity

Epidemiology of current, emerging and re-ermerging Public Health problems
• Tuberculosis
• Schistosomiasis
• Malaria
• Dengue
• Leptospirosis
• Diabetes Mellitus
• Cardiovascular Diseases
• Asthma

Burden of Disease and Health impact of Important Public Health problems
• Malaria
• Dengue
• Leptospirosis
• Diabetes Mellitus
• Cardiovascular Diseases

Development and validation of screening tools for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Surveys to establish baseline data prior to implementation of interventions
• Reproductive Health
• Food Security and Nutrition Among Children
• Drug Security

Evaluation of health intervention
• Reaching the Urban Poor (RUP) Project
• Peer Education Approaches For Sex Workers and injecting Drug Users
• HIV and STI Prevention Interventions For Vulnerable and Most-At-Risk Adolescents amnd Young People
• Reproductive Health
• Health reform on the Responsiveness of the Philippine Health System for ARMM islands

Assessment of Surveillance Systems (HIV Registry)

Assessments of the Completeness and Acceptability of the Cause of Death Statement in Death Certificates

Degree Programs

Doctor of Public Health (Epidemiology)
Master of Science in Public Health (Biostatistics)
Master of Science in Epidemiology (Public Health)

Extension Services

  1. World Health Organization (WHO)
  2. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  3. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  4. United Nations Children's Education Fund (UNICEF)
  5. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  6. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  7. International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC)
  8. World Food Programme (WFP)
  9. World Bank (WB)
  10. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  11. Department of Health (DOH)
  12. Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD-DOST)
  13. Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI)
  14. Department of Agriculture (DA)
  15. Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI-DOST)

Other Activities

  1. Statistical Consultancy
  2. Computer Laboratory Services

Contact Info

Contact Number: +632 526 0784
Fax Number: +632 521 1394


  • Association of Dietary Intake of Coconut Oil and Coconut Products with Dyslipidemia and Hypertension, PCA (2014)
  • Enhancing Private Sector Participation in an Expanded TB Prevention and Control, IMPACT (November 2013)
  • Research Capacity Assessment of the Centers for Health Development and the Regional Hospitals Nationwide, DOH/PCHRD (September 2013)
  • Leading morbidity and mortality among OFWs, OWWA (March 2013)
  • A Literature Review of the Curriculum of Selected Graduate Public Health Courses, CRICED, University of TSUKUBA, Dec 1, 2012 to Mar 1, 2013
  • Baseline Survey and Formative Research: Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition among Children 0 – 23 Months of Age, UNICEF, Oct 1, 2010 to Aug 1, 2011
  • Burden of Disease of Cardiovascular, DOH, Mar 1, 2010 to Aug 1, 2011
  • Burden of Disease of Diabetes, DOH, Mar 1, 2010 to May 1, 2011
  • Burden of Disease: Leptospirosis in an Urban Setting, Metro Manila, PCHRD-JICA, Aug 1, 2010 to Jan 1, 2012
  • Endline Survey and Formative Research Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition among Children under 0 – 23 months old in the Philippines, UNICEF, Jan 1, 2012 to Apr 1, 2013
  • Evaluation of the PCH & Disaster Management Project, PNRC, Nov 1, 2008 to Jan 1, 2011
  • Evaluation of the WHO-Reaching the Urban Poor Project, WHO, Dec 1, 2011 to Mar 1, 2012
  • Extent of Coverage and Updating of the National Database of Human Resources for Health--- in Makati City & Pasig City, WHO, Sep 1, 2012 to Jan 1, 2013
  • Extent of Coverage and Updating of the National Database of Human Resources for Health--- in Quezon City, WHO, Sep 1, 2012 to Jan 1, 2013
  • Extent of Coverage and Updating of the National Database of Human Resources for Health--- in the National Capital Region, WHO, Sep 1, 2012 to Jan 1, 2013
  • Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Baseline Research, UNICEF, Jan 1, 2011 to May 1, 2011
  • Needs Assessment of General Practitioners on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care, DOH, Jun 1, 2011 to Dec 1, 2011
  • Risk Factors of Infectious Diseases & Psychosocial Problems in the Aftermath of Disasters, CIDS-UPS, Jul 1, 2013
  • Technical Assistance to Increase Private Sector Participation for the Prevention and Control of TB, USAID TB Linc, Feb 1, 2010 to Jul 1, 2011

Publications/Creative Works

  • Villarta R.L. Jr., and San Agustin M.L.. Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) Frequency-Specific Thresholds with Absent Auditory Brainstem Response (click-ABR) Test Results among Filipino Children. . Philippine Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. ; 29;
  • Tolabing MC , Carnate J., Tinio C., Marcelo D.. Interrupted Time Series Study on the Completeness and Acceptability of the Cause of Death Statement in Death Certificate.. ACTA Medica Philippina . ; 47 (3); 42-48
  • Sylwanowicz L, Schreiber M, Anderson C, Gundran C, Santamaria E, Lopez J., Lam H, Tuazon A. . Rapid Triage of Mental Health Risk in Emergency Medical Workers: Findings from Typhoon Haiyan.. Disaster Med Public Health Prep.. ; ; doi: 10.1017/dmp.2017.37
  • E.D. Estrella, M.S. De Leon, E.N. De Regla, B.s. Duay and Edric D. Estrella. Determination of Lead Concentration of Waters in the Angat River network in Bustos Bulacan. International Journal of Chem Tech Research ISSN 0974-4290. ; 7; 1895-1901
  • Borja, MP & Detels R.. HIV Prevalence and HIV Related Risk Factors among Filipino Male Sex Workers. UP Manila Journal. (2006); 11; 1-15
  • Tolabing MC & Saniel OP. Development and Validation of Screening Test for Genital Chlamydia Trachomatis and Neisseria Gonorrhea Infections. Acta Medica Philippina. (2007); 41(2);
  • Tolabing, MC.. Module on Disease Prevention and Control for Sanitary Inspectors . . (2010); ;
  • Tolabing, MC.. User Manual, National Database of Human Resources for Health Information System. . (2010); ;
  • Acacio-Claro PJB & Borja MP. Addressing Unmet Need: Potential for Increasing Contraceptive Prevalence in the Philippines. Asia-Pacific Population Journal. (2010); 25(2); 5-26
  • Saniel OP & Delos Reyes SJ. Prevalence of Risky Behaviours and Determinants of Multiple Sex Partnerships among Male Filipino Seafarers. International Maritime Health. (2010); 61(4); 215-223
  • Quelapio, M.I.D., Mira, N.R.C., Orillaza-Chi, R.B., Belen, V., Muñez, N., Belchez, R., Egos, G.E., Evangelista, M., Vianzon, R., Tupasi, T.E.. Responding to the multidrug-resistant tuberculosis crisis: mainstreaming programmatic management to the Philippine Tuberculosis Programme.. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. (2010); 14 (6); 751-757
  • Tolabing, MC.. Module on Data Collection for Health Research . . (2011); ;
  • Tolabing, MC.. Module on Report Writing . . (2011); ;
  • Tolabing, MC.Sarol, J., Carnate, J. . Module on Basic Biostatistics and Epidemiology for Public Health Doctors and Nurses . . (2011); ;
  • Saniel O, Leonardo L., Rivera P. et al. A National Baseline Prevalence Survey of Schistosomiasis in the Philippines Using Stratified Two-Step Systematic Cluster Sampling Design.. Journal of Tropical Medicine. (2012); ;
  • Ulep V G & Borja MP. Association between Pregnancy Intention and Optimal Breastfeeding Practices in the Philippines: A Cross-sectional study. BMC and Childbirth. (2012); 12(69);
  • Tolabing, MC.. Module on Sampling Human Population for Health Research . . (2012); ;
  • Leonardo L., Rivera P., Saniel OP, Solon J.A., Chigusa Y., Villacorte E., et al. . New endemic foci of shistosomiasis infection in the Philippines.. Acta Tropica. (2013); ;
  • Rohner F., Woodruff B.A., Aaron G.J., Yakes E. A., Lebanan M.A.O., Raycon-Solon P. and Saniel OP. Infant and young child feeding practices in urban Philippines and their associations with stunting, anemia, and deficiencies of iron and vitamin A. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. (2013); 34(2);
  • Bilano VLF, Borja MP, Cruz EL, et. al.. Smoking attributable burden of lung cancer in the Philippines: a comparative risk assessment. The Lancet 381(2013): S15. (2013); ;
  • Borja MP. Chapter 8: Applications of Epidemiology in Community Health. In: Nursing Care of the Community. Edited by Famorca Z., Nies MA and McEwen M. Elsevier. . (2013); ;
  • Mira, N.R.,Williams, V., and Nursasi, A.Y.. Training and practice improvement following the ICN Training for Transformation (TFT) in Indonesia: impact, facilitating and hindering factors.. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. (2013); 17 (12); (Supplement 2):S408.
  • Guevarra, JP, Cordova Jr, RQ, Mercado, CEG, & Asaad, A.S. . Tobacco Use Among Fourth Year Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Students of the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila, Academic Year 2012–2013.. Journal of community health, October 2014, vol./is. 39/5(886-93), 1573-3610. Journal of community health. (2014); 39 (886-93);
  • Asaad, A.S. and Barrios, E.B. . Nonparametric Bootstrap Inference in a Multivariate Spatial-Temporal Model. . Handbook of Emerging Trends in Scientific Research, Kuala Lumpur: PAK Publishing Group. (2014); ;
  • Guevarra J.P., Oidem M.G., Estrada J.E., Bertuso A.G., Borja M. P., Pinlac P.A., et al. Partnership for Health Development through the Field Practice. ACTA Medica Philippina. (2014); 48(3); 1-5
  • Soares Magalahaes R.J., Salamat M.S., Leonardo L.R., Gray D.J., Carabin H., Halton K., McManus D.P., Williams G.M., Rivera P., Saniel OP, Hernandez L., Yakob L., McGarvey S., Clements. A geographical distribution of human Schistosoma japonicum infection in the Philippines: Tools to support disease control and further elimination. . International Journal for Parasitology. (2014); 44(13); 977-984.
  • Tolabing, MC. Palatino, M. . Online Classroom for Research Methods for DOH Regional Offices/Hospitals . . (2014); ;
  • Tolabing, MC. . Self Instructional Module on Measuring Study Variables . . (2014); ;
  • Tolabing, MC. . Self Instructional Module on Introduction to Health Research. . (2014); ;
  • Tolabing, MC.. Self Instructional Module on Research Problem Identification and Objective Setting . . (2014); ;
  • Tolabing, MC.. Self Instructional Module on Analysis of Qualitative Data . . (2014); ;
  • Villarta, R.L. Jr. and Asaad, A.S.. Sample Size Determination in an Epidemiologic Study Using Web-Based Calculator of Epitools. ACTA Medica Philippina. (2014); 48 (1); 42-46
  • Tolabing, MC. Online Classroom for Bio 206. . (2015); ;
  • Islam, T., Marais, B. J., Nhung, N. V., Chiang, C.-Y., Yew, W. W., Yoshiyama, T., Mira, N.R., van den Broek, J., Lumb, R., Nishikiori, N., and Reichman, L. B.. Western Pacific Regional Green Light Committee: progress and way forward. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. (2015); 32; 161-165
  • Go M, Lopez J. . Modules for the Emerging Health-Related Issues Course. Master in Public Management, Major in Health Systems and Development program. Pasig City: Development Academy of the Philippines.. . (2016); ;
  • Lopez J, Lam H. . Data analysis and presentation. In: Research protocol writing: a beginner’s guide. Manila, Philippines: Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium.. . (2017); ;
  • Lopez J. . Citing references. In: Research protocol writing: a beginner’s guide. Manila, Philippines: Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium.. . (2017); ;
  • Lopez J, Caragay R, Sia I, Madamba J, Velasco D, Lam H, Estacio L, Co E.. Catalyzing Development of Best Practice Guidelines for Community-Managed Health Programs: Case Study of a Community-Academic Partnership. Acta Medica Philippina. (2018); 52 (4);
  • Lam H, Sia I, Lopez J, Caragay R, Estacio L, Co E, Madamba J, Abola R, Maybituin C, Velasco D.. Community-Managed Health Programs for Better Health Outcomes: Preliminary Results of a Community Participatory Research in Murcia and Isabel, Negros Occidental, Philippines.. Acta Medica Philippina. (2018); 52 (2);
  • Co E, Sia I, Lopez J, Caragay R, Estacio L, Lam H, Madamba J, Abola R, Villena M. . Scaling up primary health care in the Philippines: lessons from a systematic review of experiences of community-based health programs. . Acta Medica Philippina. (2018); 52 (2);
  • Lam H, Rivera A, Chua P, Lopez J, Cheng K, Palasi W.. Cost of Hospitalization of Different Types of Schistosomiasis Cases in Endemic Areas in the Philippines: Indicating the Need to Increase the Coverage of Government Health Insurance and Effective Control and Prevention.. Acta Medica Philippina . (2018); 52 (2);
  • Lam H, Gundran C, Lopez J, Santamaria E, Tuazon A, Tayao L. . Enabling Factors, Hindrances, and Self-Perceived Level of Preparedness of Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Medical Services Responders.. Acta Medica Philippina . (2018); 52 (2);
  • Gundran C, Lam H, Lopez J, Santamaria E, Tuazon A, Tayao L. . Medical needs documented by EMS responders to areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: implications on disaster response policy. . Acta Medica Philippina. (2018); 52 (2);
  • Mira, N.R.C. & Simbulan, N.P.. Promoting Sufficient Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Teachers: An Intervention Using the Solomon Four Group Design.. Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development. (2019); 23 (2); 26-39