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John Robert Carabeo Medina

Country Philippines
Qualification * Doctor of Medicine (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila/ University fo the City of Manila - College of Medicine)
* Licensed Medical Technologist/ Clinical Laboratory Scientist
* Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Civil Service Commission of the Philippines
* Bachelor of Science in Public Health (University of the Philippines Manila - College of Public Health)
Hobby Listening to music (RnB, Soul, Pop, Classical); Singing; Cooking; Reading novels, short stories, and poems; Watching plays, movies, and US and K-drama series; Visiting shrines and temples; Weightlifting; Jogging; Yoga; Food tripping; Restaurant hopping
Visited Countries Taiwan
Interests * Spatial Epidemiology
* Application of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing Technology in Global Health  Research
* Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
* Questionnaire Development and Validation
* Biostatistics and Data Science
* Understanding Health and Health Seeking Behavior of Humans
* School Health
* Curriculum Development for the Sciences and Health Education of Basic and Higher Education
* Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 
* Asian History, Philosphy, Politics, Culture, Arts, and Tradition
* Comparative Religion and Mysticism

Personal History

Sep. 2019: Msc, Graduate School of Health Sciences, University of the Ryukyus
Jan. 2020-: Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines

After obtaining the license to practice as a clinical laboratory scientist, I worked as a research assistant for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Study Group of the UP Manila - National Institutes of Health under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Vicente "Jun" Y. Belizario, Jr., who is a former Undersecretary of the Department of Health. Our research projects focused on the epidemiology, prevention and control of soil-transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis among school children. Aside from performing parasitologic diagnosis in the laboratory, I was trained in operating and managing research projects during my stay in the study group. Also, through Dr. Belizario's guidance, we were able to publish in a local Scopus-indexed journal.

A year after, I decided to take the path of a medical doctor. Despite our family's financial restricitions, I was able to attend and finish medical school through the personal scholarship grant of one of my life mentor and a very good friend, Dr. Ferdinal M. Fernando, who is currently the Asst. Director and Head of the Health Division of ASEAN.

While I was attending medical school, I kept myself involved in doing research activities such as field enumeration, event organizing,  data analysis, and technical writing. I had been involved in some projects of Prof. Ernesto "Jun" R. Gregorio, Jr., to whom I owe much of my learnings in health promotion and health education. Under his mentorship, we were able to published articles about the factors influencing women's choice of delivering in health facilities in a local Scopus-indexed journal.

In 2016, after graduating from medical school, I returned to the office of Prof. Gregorio as a research associate for an on-going project regarding the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of school teachers on Zika virus, transmission, control, and prevention. It was through this project that I had been introduced to Dr. Jun Kobyashi, who is now my mentor here at the Ryudai. We also had a publication in an international Scopus-indexed journal regarding the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of seafarers on cardiovascular diseases.


I want to be a living testimony of Ryudai's commitment in producing globally competitive graduates. I will venture on doing researches that will be tranlated into policy or that will be useful for public health decision-making. Throught the guidance of my Senseis', I will do my best to attain this goal. As a MEXT Scholar, I am expressing my commitment to maintain the ties between Japan and the Philippines. While I am here in Ryudai, I'll see to it that I'll live life to the fullest based on my ikigai. I'll immersed with the people and learn from them their language, arts, and culture.