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MIH program of FMDS holds thesis students’ orientation

The Master of International Health (MIH) Program of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies held an orientation for its thesis students on 21 January 2017 at the UPOU Oblation Hall, Los Baños, Laguna to give them an overview on the process that they will go through as they take up IH 300 (thesis) course and equip them with enough knowledge needed in the course.

Asst. Prof. Myra D. Oruga, Chair of the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Programs, served as resource person. She talked about the course portal for IH 300, draft manual of thesis style guide written by Asst. Prof. Oruga and Dr. Sheila R. Bonito, algorithm or process flow on how to submit the manuscript, and ethical standards including Ethics Review Board approval.

During the orientation, the students also had the chance to watch an audio-visual learning material about ethics in research created by Ms. Jelaine R. Bagos, Research Assistant of the D/MIH Programs. The learning material was originally produced by the D/MIH program through the one time grant of the UPOU’s Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services and Multimedia Center. Before the orientation ended, Asst. Prof. Oruga announced the students’ respective thesis advisers. It was then followed by a short consultation regarding their thesis.

A total of 11 thesis students participated in the orientation. Two of them joined via google hangouts as they were offshore-based.

The activity was organized by Asst. Prof. Oruga and Ms. Bagos. It was the first orientation conducted for thesis students of the MIH program.

The MPM Program to conduct Field Visits and Seminar on Local Governance

The UPOU-FMDS Master of Public Management (MPM) Program intends to conduct its UP Academic Program Improvement (API)-sponsored project entitled “Planning and training to establish collaboration with the local governance resource institutions through externships of faculty members in relevant sites” on 15-17 February 2017, in collaboration with the Nueva Vizcaya State University, a member of the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines, Inc. (ASPAP).

The MPM Program currently offers three areas of specialization; namely: Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA), Public Policy and Program Administration (PPPA); and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM), all of which are anchored on good governance, innovation, sustainability and citizen empowerment. To enhance the delivery of the 22 courses under these three areas of specialization, faculty members need to be grounded and updated on what is going on in the field.

The project includes the following activities: a learning visit to Lower Magat Ecotourism Park and Bayombong-Capisaan Cave as local government management initiatives; an interview with Hon. Carlos M. Padilla, Governor, Nueva Vizcaya on the provincial programs and projects; and a “Let’s Talk It Over” on Federalism and Local Governance by Dr. Danilo Dela Rosa Reyes, Professor, UP NCPAG and Gov. Carlos M. Padilla, respectively which will be live/web-streamed to accommodate viewers from other ASPAP member-schools.

The Program aims to document the activities which will form part of the open educational resources that may be used as learning materials by the UPOU, in particular and the ASPAP member-schools, in general. The Program also hopes to gather the MPM students in the learning/externship activities and sites for a meet-and-greet with the MPM faculty and staff members for some academic and administrative consultation and advising.

Continuing Education Program Schedule for CY 2017



FMDS Comprehensive Exam Date Schedule 1st semester 2017-2018

Diploma in Social Work

Human Behavior & Social Environment (October 24, 2017)

Social Welfare Policies and Research (October 26, 2017)


Master of Social Work

Human Behavior & Social Environment

Social Welfare Policies and Research

(October 24, 2017)

Social Work Profession and Practice

Social Agency , Leadership and Management

(October 26, 2017)

Area of Specialization (October 28, 2017)


Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

General Field (October 27, 2017)

Major Field (October 28, 2017)


Master of Public Management

General Field (November 6, 2017)

Public Policy and Program Administration (November 8, 2017)

Local Government and Regional Administration(LGRA) & Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (November 10, 2017)


Master of Arts in Nursing (January 9 and 11, 2018)


Master of ASEAN Studies (January 12, 2018)


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