SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Public Health 






Centre Director and Dean:
Prof. Dr. Ruben C. Caragay

The College of Public Health (CPH), established in 1927, is a unit of the University of the Philippines Manila (UP) and concurrently serves as the SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre (TROPMED/Philippines) in the fields of public health, rural medicine, hospital administration, environmental and occupational health, health policy and management.  The primary services of teaching, research and extension are provided by regular full-time faculty from CPH and professorial lecturers from other units of the University of the Philippines System, other government and non-government institutions.

Mission/Goals:  The CPH-UPM shall constantly strive to become an outstanding and relevant institution of higher learning.  Thus, it shall provide the highest quality of advanced instruction, professional education, training, basic and applied research, and community services, thereby produce outstanding scholars, practitioners and leaders in health systems development.  In this endeavor, equal importance to the content and process of health systems development will be given.

As a relevant institution, the CPH-UPM shall continuously be involved and actively participate in health policy studies and development.  It shall make a stand on major issues related to health.


UPCPH aims to contribute to health systems development through:

Education and training of scholars, practitioners and leaders for the practice of public health and its specialties through its different degree and continuing education programmes.
Research to develop appropriate and cost effective methods of promoting health and solving health problems.
Community and extension services to improve the practice of public health.
Participation in health policy studies and development.
Collaborative programmes with other academic, research and service organizations which may be national, regional or international.

Assistance from the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) through GTZ (German Technical Cooperation Agency) included a comprehensive institutional strengthening project for the promotion of teaching and research at UPCPH.

Other institutional capabilities:

distance education
regional linkages in tropical disease research
urban health and nutrition research
research and training in AIDS epidemiology
preventive dentistry
health promotion and health education

Training Programmes:

Degree Programmes
Doctor of Public Health, 3 years
Master of Science in Public Health, 2 years
Master of Science in Epidemiology (Public Health), 2 years
Master of Hospital Administration, 12 months, residential and DE modes
Master of Occupational Health, 10 months, residential and flexitime (evenings)
Master of Health Policy
Master of Public Health, 12 months, residential and distance education modes
Diploma in Dental Public Health
Certificate in Hospital Administration

Applicants for admission to graduate degree programmes must present evidence of scholastic ability and potential for profitable study at a graduate level. A TOEFL score of at least 500 or its equivalent is required.


Bachelor of Science in Public Health, 4 years
Short-Term Courses:
Basic Course on Health System Management, 3 weeks
Intensive Course in Diagnostic Parasitology, 1 week
Training Course in Diagnostic Mycology, 2 weeks
Training Course in Anaerobic Bacteriology, 3 weeks
Basic Research Methodology
Statistical Analysis of Biomedical Data with Computer Applications
Disaster Management

Structured training courses of 1-2 weeks duration are offered on demand and deal with a wide range of topics within the expertise of UPCPH.

National Sanitarians Training Center
Postgraduate Course in Occupational Health and Safety
Diagnostic Parasitology
Diagnostic Mycology
Research Methods
Strategic Planning and Management
Project Management and Planning
Hospital Administration
Management Information System
Human Resource Management
Quality Management (Basic & Advance)
Hospital Financial Management
Health Care Executives' Course


Several researches were completed/are on-going on topics such as traffic-related injuries, standards of care in diabetes, HIV prevalence differentials, reproductive health, syndromic approach for STD case management, effects of coconut on human lipid levels, deafness/hearing impairment among workers, mosquitocidal microorganisms, genetically modified organisms, genetic diversity of hepatitis B virus, leptospirosis control, plants in anti-microbial/anti-cancer therapy, comparison of anti-parasitic agents, mass chemotherapy in parasitic infections, staffing pattern of rural health units, district health systems, and external evaluation of life-style diseases.  

Address for Inquiries:

The Director 
SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Public Health 
College of Public Health
University of the Philippines
625 Pedro Gil Street, Ermita, Manila
P.O. Box EA-460, Manila 1000, Philippines 
Tel. No.: +63 (2) 524-2703
Fax No.: +63 (2) 521-1394 



Milestones General Information
Vision, Mission, Goal
The  Governing Board

TROPMED Central Office Functions

Highlights of Accomplishments
SEAMEO Organizational Chart
Special Projects/Linkages Publications

SEAMEO  TROPMED Network Centres:

SEAMEO TROPMED Network Organizational Chart
Directory of SEAMEO TROPMED Network