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Planetary and Global Health Program



Planetary and global health is about taking care of people you don’t know and places you can’t see,

but you know they were there and were special, just like you and me.


To realize the vision of becoming “global by 2030,” the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial launches in 2020 its new Planetary and Global Health Program.

Planetary health and global health are two related paradigms that underpin today’s health challenges in the Philippines and around the world. Planetary health refers to the integrated vision for the advancement of health of both people and the planet. Global health is a philosophy of health that acknowledges the global interconnectedness of health in the 21st century – its challenges, outcomes, drivers, and solutions. In planetary and global health, our patients are not just individuals, but also communities, countries, global society, and the entire planet.

Our vision is to become a leading center of planetary and global health education, research, and translation in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia by 2030. We will leverage on our College’s 26 years of leadership and professionalism in medical education and our hospital system’s more than a century of world class excellence in quality healthcare.

The St. Luke’s Planetary and Global Health Program comprises of three arms: Global Health Academy, which is the platform for education and training; Global Health Innovation Lab, which is the space for collaborative research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and the Global Health Forum, which is the nerve center for knowledge translation into policy and practice through advocacy and community engagement.


Connected to the world
Caring for people & planet
Committed to the future




Global Health Academy

The St. Luke’s Global Health Academy is the educational arm of the College’s Planetary and Global Health Program. Educational programs that are planned to be offered include: global health modules and electives for Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science in Molecular Medicine students; short, certificate, and executive courses for professionals and researchers; research and visiting fellowships; and a future Master of Global Health program.


In July 2020, the Program launched a Global Health Track under the Service Learning Elective. This new elective introduces the paradigm of global health to junior and senior interns and allows them to apply global health concepts, frameworks, and skills to analyze and attempt to solve a global health problem related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The four-week elective adopts a 4-D sequence through which students discover the global health thinking hat, diagnose a global health problem, design a global health solution, and drive positive change in global health. This year, 22 junior and senior interns attended the elective and developed nine research projects on a wide array of topics ranging from PPE pollution and migrant health to ‘infodemics’ and mental health.


In 2021, the St. Luke’s Global Health Academy will be offering short courses and executive programs on different global health topics to be delivered by faculty from the Philippines and around the world. Visit the website in January 2021 for updates. Stay tuned!

Global Health Innovation Lab

The St. Luke’s Global Health Innovation Lab is the research and innovation arm of the College’s Planetary and Global Health Program. The Lab will conduct world-class locally-relevant global health research; host visiting researchers from the Philippines and across the world; collaborate with start-ups that solve global health problems through innovation; and forge international research collaborations with other schools and universities. Stay tuned in 2021 for more updates. Research collaborators are welcome!

Global Health Forum

The St. Luke’s Global Health Forum is the third arm of the College’s Planetary and Global Health Program that focuses on translation of global health knowledge into policy and practice. Some of the Forum’s activities planned for 2021 and beyond include: the Future of Health webinar series; community engagement with government and other stakeholders for policy advocacy; and direct technical support to health organizations in the Philippines and abroad.

Faculty and Staff



Fellows and Students



Global Health Track of the Service Learning Elective (Academic Year 2020-2021)


Cohort 1 (Junior Interns)

Santos, Paula

Tumpalan, Jeriel Jon


Cohort 2 (Senior Interns)

Ona, Gerard Anne April M.

Tanaka, Princess Maureen D.


Cohort 3 (Junior Interns)

Andal, Denise B.

Baltazar, Jamiepritz D.

Casiwan, Claisyl B.

Cunanan, Dianne J.

Daluz, Lennie Jean R.


Cohort 4 (Senior Interns)

Matibag, Kristine Bernadette M.

Paitan, Danielle Rose E.


Cohort 5 (Junior Interns)

De Jesus, Alejandro Martin A.

Domingo, Christian Jay M.

Fuentes, Michelle Joy C.

Guevara, Joan Rezza B.

Ignacio, Richelle Angelika E.


Cohort 6 (Senior Interns)

Diangkinay, Arianna P.

Hanrahan, John Lorenzo


Cohort 7 (Junior Interns)

Mabunay, Mary Deo Luigi J.

Olea, Abbie Grace M.


Cohort 8 (Senior Interns)

Agapito, Mary Eunice D.

Avila, Theo Erl E.


Partners and Collaborators

Coming soon!


Von Borries, Rosa, Guinto, Renzo, Thomson, Deborah J, Abia, Wilfred A, Lowe, Rachel. (2020). Planting sustainable seeds in young minds: the need to teach planetary health to children. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2020-11.

Wabnitz, Katharina-Jaqueline, Gabrysch, Sabine, Guinto, Renzo, Haines, Andy, Herrmann, Martin, Howard, Courtney, Potter, Teddie, Prescott, Susan L, Redvers, Nicole. (2020). A pledge for planetary health to unite health professionals in the Anthropocene. The Lancet, 2020-09-30.

News and Events

On October 8, 2020, the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial co-presented a webinar entitled “Education and Capacity Building in One Health: Lessons from the Field” organized by the Lancet One Health Commission based at the University of Oslo. The recording can be viewed here.


Coming soon!

Contact Us

For inquiries regarding short courses, events, and collaborative opportunities, contact globalhealth@slmc-cm.edu.ph


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