Institute of Clinical Epidemiology

History

The Institute of Clinical Epidemiology (ICE) is one of the components of the National Institutes of Health University of the Philippines Manila (NIH UPM).  The creation of the Institute was approved during the 1107th meeting of the Board of Regents on 17 April 1997. 

The Institute of Clinical Epidemiology together with its academic partner - the Department of Clinical Epidemiology (DCE) of the UP College of Medicine, pioneered the discipline of clinical epidemiology in the country.  Through the years, ICE has established itself as a leader in the conduct of rigorous epidemiologic researches that serve as basis for evidence based health policies and practice guidelines aimed at improving the quallity of health care for the Filipino people.  The Institute is also recognized for its expertise is in the conduct of health systems research, program monitoring and evaluation, implementation researches that provide guidance on the direction of health programs and policies in the country.  The Institute and the Department pioneered the teaching and practice of evidence-based medicine through training workshops across the country.  Through the leadership of Dr Ernesto Domingo and Dr Mary Ann Lansang, the discipline of clinical epidemiology was propagated and the discipline has evolved as a dynamic and relevant resource in the research environment. The Insitute and the Department continues to train a critical mass of clinical epidemiologists through its Diploma and Masters program and provides capacity building research-related workshops adapted to the needs of various health care providers.  Its faculty has been in the forefront of issues of public health importance, advocating for rigorous and ethical conduct of researches, independent critical appraisal of evidence towards the formulation of evidence-based recommendations and health policies.

VISION

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.

MISSION

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.

OBJECTIVES

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

Goals

The Institute aims to:

  • Generate valid and 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 and monitoring of programs
  • Train health care providers on the application of quantitative and qualitative assessment principles drawn from clinical epidemiology, health economics, biostatistics, and health social science

Academic Programs

To fulfill its mission, ICE, in partnership with the Department of Clinical Epidemiology of the UP College of Medicine, offers workshops and implements 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.

The MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY enables health professionals to successfully implement a health program or to deliver better health care to their patients through the application of the principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical economics, health social science, health technology assessment and health policy making.  The program is also designed to equip clinicians with skills necessary to carry out and evaluate valid and reliable research on common health problems that they encounter.

At the end of the program, the graduates will be able to generate and evaluate new information and technology relevant to his field work.  Specifically, the graduate will be able to:

  1. demonstrate skills in the application of epidemiologic concepts and principles to the solution of clinical and public health problems;
  2. identify, plan, undertake, analyze and interpret clinical or public health research projects;
  3. deliver technical services to clinicians or public health workers on how to:

            3.1        properly identify factors in disease causation,

            3.2        evaluate the reliability and validity of measurements,

            3.3        determine the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions,

            3.4        plan strategies for disease control/prevention,

            3.5        devise methods for evaluating health technology programs, and

            3.6        provide guidelines for research activities whose results can be used as basis for health policy formulation;

      4. develop a critical attitude in evaluating scientific literature and information in the management of health problems;

      5. appreciate the role of both economics and the social sciences in designing health interventions that are efficient, applicable and acceptable.

Training Workshops:

  1. Research Methodology
  2. Evidence-based Medicine
  3. Development of Systematic Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines
  4. Good Clinical Practice and Ethics
  5. A Mixed Methods Approach to Health Research
  6. Data Management and Statistics for Health Research
  7. Effective Writing and Presentation of Scientific Researches
  8. Training for Technical Review Board Members

ICE participates in the training of students of the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology Programs, which are offered through its academic partner, the Department of Clinical Epidemiology.  ICE also accommodates students from Philippine Science High school for their Science Internship Program, undergraduate statisticians from the University of the Philippines Los Banos for their on-the-job training requirements among others. ICE in collaboration with DCE also designs training programs for its local partners such as the Health Policy Internship Program for the health policy interns and fellows of the Department of Health.

Research Programs

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

Study Groups/Areas

  • Hand Study Group
  • LiFECare Cardiovascular Study Group
  • Environmental Health
  • Schistosomiasis and other NTDs
  • Tuberculosis
  • Health Systems Research
  • Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment
  • Clinical Practice Guideline Development

Linkages

  • Department of Health
  • Department of Science and Technology
  • Philippine Council for Health Research and Development
  • Philippine Institute of Developmental Studies
  • World Health Organization
  • International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN)
  • UP- School of Economics
  • Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis
  • National Kidney and Transplant Institute
  • Philippine College of Chest Physicians

Highlight Researches

  • 2016 National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey
  • HIV Gaming, Engaging and Testing
  • Rapid Situation Analysis of MDR-TB
  • Focal Surveillance of Schistosomiasis
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Blood Transfusion Programs
  • Economic Evaluation of Vaccines
  • Baseline Survey for the National Objectives of Health
  • Cervical Cancer Screening using Acetic Acid Wash
  • Situation Analysis of TB-DOTS PPM Models in the Philippines
  • Systematic Review of Intravenous Immunoglobulin for Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock
  • Epidemiology of Hepatitis B in the Philippines
  • Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology

 

Faculty

Marissa M. Alejandria, MD, MSc
Director
Professor
Clinical Epidemiologist - Infectious Diseases
mmalejandria@up.edu.ph

Emmanuel P. Estrella, MD, FPOA
Assistant Director
Research Associate Professor
Clinical Epidemiologist- Orthopedic Surgeon
epestrella@up.edu.ph

 

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
    Urologist

     
  5. Olivia T. Sison, MSPH
    Research Assistant Professor
    Biostatistician

Administrative Officer:
Lailanie Ann C. Tejuco, LPT

Contact Information

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