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UPOU faculty, staff, and students participate in the 2017 APRU Global Health Conference
UPOU faculty and staff at the 11th Annual Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Conference
UP Open University (UPOU) participated in the 11th Annual Workshop of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Conference held on 16-19 October 2017 at Novotel Hotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines and organized by the University of the Philippines (UP) System.
This year’s theme, “Environmental Exposures & Cancer in the Pacific Rim,” aimed to pro-mote collaboration and exchange of latest research and knowledge among health experts and practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in relation to prevention of cancer and other non-communicable diseases, environmental health, and occupational health.
Two pre-conference workshops were held. The first one tackled drug and substance abuse in the Philippines. The invited speakers were Mr. Benjamin Reyes from the Philip-pine Dangerous Drugs Board, who talked about The State of the Drug and Substance Abuse in the Philippines; Mr. Joselito Pascual from UP Manila, who discussed Psycho-tropic Drugs and Mental Health; and Mr. Patrick Louis Angeles from NoBox Transitions Foundation, who discussed Approaches to Addressing the Drug and Substance Abuse Problem: Learning from the Experiences of Other Countries. Speakers during the second workshop were Asst. Prof. Naruemon Thabchumpon from Chulalongkorn University; Mr. Marc Schenker from University of California, Davis; Ms. Mellissa Withers, APRU Program Director from University of Southern California; Ms. Maruja Asis from Scalabrini Migration Center, Philippines; and Prof. Veronica Ramirez from University of Asia and the Pacific. They all talked about migration and health in the Pacific Rim.
Dr. Curtis Harris, the invited keynote speaker from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, also talked about “Precision medicine strategy: Environment and human cancer.” The work-shop concluded with a field trip featuring the UP Campus and the National Museum of Fine Arts.
The Faculty of Management of Development Studies (FMDS), led by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Program Chair and 2017 APRU Global Health Conference Local Organizing Committee Member, was one of the participating institutions that helped in facilitating the event. UPOU’s Multimedia Center, including Ms. Luisa Gelisan, UPOU Networks Program Development Associate (PDA), provided video coverage for the conference. Staff members from the Information Office and FMDS lent administrative support. Some students from the D/MIH Program also participated in the conference.
APRU, of which UP is a member, is a consortium of leading research universities located in countries and regions in the Pacific Rim. It aims to foster collaboration between member universities, thereby contributing to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement in the region. (JRBagos)
FMDS Research Ethics Committee conducts 2nd wave of training workshop
Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Chair of FMDS-REC and D/MIH Programs, facilitates Ethics Committee’s 2nd workshop
in preparation for the UPOU-IRB accreditation to DOST-PHREB
The UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies-Research Ethics Committee (FMDS-REC) conducted its 2nd training workshop on 24-25 August 2017 in preparation for the University of the Philippines Open University’s Institutional Review Board (UPOU-IRB) accreditation to the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (DOST-PHREB).
In the first workshop conducted last November 2016, it was suggested to make the accreditation university-wide and not only for the FMDS. The creation of a fully-accredited IRB is in line with UPOU’s thrust to ensure that the research conducted by its students and academic staff protects the rights of its human participants, the research activities undertaken are ethically sound, and the research is done in a way that serves the interest of society as a whole.
During the two-day activity, a writing workshop was done for the finalization of the ethics’ Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual. The SOP manual was initially consolidated by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Chair of the FMDS-REC and the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Programs; and Ms. Jelaine Bagos, Research Assistant of the D/MIH Programs, and was revised during the first write-shop. Among the topics discussed in the SOP manual are as follows: (1) Selection and appointment of Members; (2) Management of initial submissions and resubmissions; (3) Review of progress, final, and early termination reports and protocol amendments; (4) Expedited review; (5) Full review; (6) Preparing for a meeting; (7) Communicating REC decisions; (8) Managing active files; and (9) Archiving of terminated, inactive, or completed files.
As agreed in the workshop, a Round Table Discussion will follow on 23 October 2017 to finalize the organizational chart and additional policies and guidelines needed for the accreditation.
Present during the activity were Dr. Melinda Lumanta, UPOU Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and UPOU Research and Publication Committee (RPC) Chair; Asst. Prof. Oruga; Ms. Alvie Simonette Alip, UPOU RPC Member; Dr. Ricardo Bagarinao, Dean of the Faculty of Education (FEd); Dr. Sheila Bonito, FMDS-REC Vice Chair; Ms. Bettina Evio, FMDS-REC Member (External); Asst. Prof. Rita Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty; Asst. Prof. Queenie Ridulme, FMDS-RPC Member, FMDS-REC Member and MAN Program Chair; Ms. Bagos; and Ms. Louise Villanueva, Research Assistant at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA). (JRBagos)
D/MIH program faculty and staff hold planning and review workshop
D/MIH Program Chair, Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga together with FICs, Dr. Sheila Bonito, Dr. Celestino Habito, Jr., Dr. Romeo Villarta,
Dr. Josephine Agapito, and Dr. Caridad Ancheta conducted a two-day program planning and review workshop in Tagaytay City.
The Faculty of Management and Development Studies’ Diploma in/Master of International Health (FMDS-D/MIH) Programs discussed program enhancement in a planning and review workshop conducted on 22-23 August 2017 in Tagaytay City.
To give an overview of the programs and orient new Faculties-In-Charge (FICs) on their duties and responsibilities, an Audio-Visual Presentation (AVP) regarding the D/MIH programs and the “FIC Notebook” were played at the start of the workshop. Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, D/MIH Program Chair, also presented some statistics as well as the programs’ milestones.
Led by Asst. Prof. Oruga, D/MIH faculty and staff had a workshop to update the settings or contents of the course portals. Matters concerning thesis policies and guidelines were also dis-cussed during the activity. They have set the schedule and deadlines for the presentation of thesis topics and submission of thesis proposals by the students and the submission of decision by the panel members.
Dr. Sheila Bonito, FMDS full-time faculty member and Director of UPOU’s Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services, was also invited as resource speaker. She tackled the “Exam Administration Policies and Procedures in UPOU.” After the lecture, FICs shared their experiences in conducting exams and talked about revising the questions for the qualifying exam of MIH applicants.
Announcements were also made regarding the ongoing revision of the new FMDS website and D/MIH microsite, the upcoming Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Conference which will be hosted by the University of the Philippines, and the two short health course proposals which were forwarded to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation.
After the activity, certificates and tokens of appreciation were distributed to the FICs who were present during the two-day workshop. They were Dr. Josephine Agapito, Dr. Caridad An-cheta, Dr. Sheila Bonito, Dr. Celestino Habito, Jr., and Dr. Romeo Villarta, Jr.
The event was facilitated by Asst. Prof. Oruga and Ms. Jelaine Bagos, Research Assistant of the D/MIH Programs. (JRBagos)
FMDS Comprehensive Examination Dates (1st semester 2018-2019)
Diploma in Social Work
- Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research ( October 8, 2018)
- Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency , Leadership and Management ( October 10, 2018 )
Master of Social Work
- Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (October 8, 2018)
- Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (October 10, 2018 )
- Area of Specialization ( October 12, 2018)
Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management
- General Field (October 19, 2018)
- Major Field (October 20, 2018)
Master of Public Management
- General Field (November 12, 2018)
- Public Policy and Program Administration (Novermber 14 , 2018)
- Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (November 16, 2018)
Master of Arts in Nursing
- Content (January 10, 2019 )
- Methodology (January 12 , 2019)
Master of ASEAN Studies (January 11, 2019)