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Yuko Noguchi

Country Japan
Qualifications Occupational Therapist
Hobby traveling, walking
Visited countries Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines,
Sri Lanka, Singapore, Kenya, South Korea
Interests global health, disability, welfare, school health

Personal History

I worked as an occupational therapist. I worked as a JICA volunteer in Thailand. After that, I worked at welfare center and national hospital. 
In April 2019, I entered Ryukyu university as a Master course student.


When I graduated from university, I wanted to go on to graduate school. After I came back from Thailand, I returned to work. However, my interest in going to graduate school became stronger. So I came to Okinawa to study full-time. I would like to make the most of what I've learned here.



Country CHINA
Qualifications RN
Hobby Travel, Jogging, eat Kazakh food
Visited countries JAPAN
Interests Global Health, Public Health, Epidemiology, Cancer Prevention, Cancer care, Woman`s Health, Maternal & Child Health, Minorities Health, Emergency Medical Care, School Health

Personal History

I have a dual education degree in Clinical Nursing and Clinical Medicine in China.
I received a clinical internship at Urumqi Children's Hospital.
After graduating from a Clinical Medicine University in China, I came to the University of Ryukyus to accept a master's degree.
During the University of the Ryukyus, I accepted an internship project for lifestyle diseases by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


After graduating with a master's degree, I will return to China to continue to complete and obtain my Physician License.
In the future, I hope to use my clinical medicine knowledge from an international perspective.

Wakako Tsuji

Country Japan
Qualifications Nurse and midwife
Hobby Jogging, walking, going to the beach, and floating on the water
Visited countries Australia, New zealand, Taiwan, Tibet, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Turkey, Syria, Senegal, France, Switizerland, and United States of America
Interests Maternal and child health

Personal History

I worked as a nurse and midwife. I was also a JICA volunteer and went to Senegal. After that, I worked as a midwife again.
​In April 2018, I entered Ryukyu university as a Master course student.


I joined this department to solve my question from my experience.
I was in Senegal for two years and when I worked with my co-workers, I couldn't find out what we could do together.
Maybe my idea and their plans didn't match. Because of this, I want to know what I can do and how I can do it in these two years,
so I can apply it in the future. Here, the lessons and communication with English are tough for me, and it feels like my Senegal days for me.
If... you are interested in glabal and of course local health, I want you to join us!


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.                                                 


Erina Ishibashi

Country Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Degree Hospital nurse and public health nurse
Hobbies Baking cakes and bread, and taking a nap with my child
Countries visited Hawaii, Thailand, etc.
Other areas of interest Health policy, prevention, childrearing and society

Personal History

After graduating from the Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing, I worked at St. Luke’s International Hospital. Following my husband’s transfer to Okinawa, I moved here and entered graduate school, which I had previously been interested in pursuing. 2017 Master of Health Sciences. 2017- Naha city health center, PH Nurse.


With the support of people around me, I’m raising my child and pursuing research. The department has instructors who provide rigorous and appropriate guidance as well as students with whom you can learn. Although students’ research fields differ, these differences broaden your perspective and enhance learning. Also, there are many opportunities to attend lectures given by people who are active around the world, which enables you to learn many things just by being in Okinawa.