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Manami Uehara

Manami Uehara 

Country  Okinawa, Japan
Qualifications Nursing, Public Health Nurse, Midwife, MPH 
Hobby Dancing salsa, traveling, playing with my children
Area of reserach interests Maternal and child health, utilization of women's group in low-resource setting countries, measurement and evaluation 

Personal History 

After recieving a bachloer's degree in Health Sciences at the University of the Ryukyus, I worked as a midwife at a local hospital. Having always been interested in working in the field of maternal and child health globally, I decided to earn master's degree in public health.  I studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Masters in Public Health in 2012. After graduating from UNC, I stayed home and enjoyed raising two children for three years before moving back to Okinawa. While working in the Department of Nursing at the University of the Ryukyus, I met Professor Kobayashi and was inspired by his work to continue my studies and pursue a PhD with a focus on improving maternal and child health in low-resource settings.


Our department has a nice atmosphere, and I learn new things every day through active discussions. We have many opportunities in this department. Through my doctoral course, I want to become a researcher who can ''think globally and act locally''.