Institute of Clinical Epidemiology


The Institute of Clinical Epidemiology (ICE) is one of the components of the National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines Manila (NIH UPM). Its establishment was approved during the 1107th meeting of the Board of Regents on 17 April 1997. The mission of ICE is “to promote expertise and nurture leadership in the design and conduct of essential research in health care, formulation and adoption of policy flowing from this research, and implementation of training programs in clinical epidemiology.”

  • Health Care Research
  • Research Dissemination
  • Workshops
  • Linkages
    • Department of Health
    • Department of Science and Technology
    • International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN)
    • World Health Organization



A trans-disciplinary center of excellence in the conduct and utilization of relevant, quality researches towards equitable and efficient health care for the Filipino people.


To promote expertise and nurture leadership in the design and conduct of essential researches in health care, formulation and adoption of health policies emanating from these researches, utilizing the principles of clinical epidemiology and its related disciplines for improved health care and equity in health policies for the Filipino people.


The Institute aims to:

  • Generate relevant health research addressing the priority health care needs of the Filipino people
  • Provide technical assistance in the evaluation of health care needs in the country, identification of effective and efficient health interventions, rational allocation of resources and successful implementation with monitoring of programs
  • Train health providers on the application of quantitative and qualitative assessment principles drawn from clinical epidemiology, health economics, biostatistics, and health social sciences


To accomplish its objectives, the Institute provides the following services:

  1. Research

The Institute undertakes the necessary key researches in clinical practice and population-based medicine for the improvement of the provision of health services in both public and private sectors.

  1. Policy

The Institute undertakes health technology assessment and policy analyses and research and evaluation studies on critical health care issue.

  1. Training

The Institute in coordination with its academic partner, the Department of Clinical Epidemiology continues to develop teaching materials, offer workshops and implement training programs to increase awareness of research and to equip health practitioners with the skills and knowledge necessary to become critical users and doers of research


Marissa M. Alejandria, MD, MSc
Clinical Epidemiologist - Infectious Diseases

Emmanuel P. Estrella, MD, FPOA
Assistant Director
Research Associate Professor
Clinical Epidemiologist- Orthopedic Surgeon


Research Faculty Members

  1. Emmanuel S. Baja, ScD
    Research Associate Professor 

  2. Mary Ann J. Ladia, PhD
    University Researcher III
    Medical Anthropologist

  3. Hilton Y. Lam, MHA, PhD
    Research Associate Professor 7
    Health Economist

  4. Marie Carmela M. Lapitan, MD, MS Clinical Medicine
    Research Professor 7

  5. Olivia T. Sison, MSPH
    Research Assistant Professor

Administrative Officer:
Lailanie Ann C. Tejuco, LPT

Contact Information

Telefax : (632) 522-8380 
E-mail address:
Address : Institute of Clinical Epidemiology
Room 201, National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines Manila
Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila