The 5th Conference on Public Health in Asia (COPHA 2022) – Held Online from Tokyo, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2022»

Welcome to COPHA 2022

We welcome you to join us online on Thursday and Friday, December 2-3, 2021 for the 5th Conference on Public Health in Asia (COPHA 2021), which will be held as a virtual event from Tokyo, Japan.

We welcome you to join us in Osaka, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, September 03-04, 2022 for the 3rd Asian Symposium on Health Informatics and Nursing Education – SHINE 2022, which will be held as a virtual event from Tokyo, Japan.

Although travel to Japan has been reopened, domestic health restrictions on events and gatherings necessitate that it is safer to hold SHINE 2022 as an online event only. Therefore, in response to Japan’s government advisory prevent infections of COVID-19, the organizers of SHINE 2022 have determined that it is best to hold this event online. The the health and safety of our participants is paramount.

Therefore, all oral and poster presenters are invited to join us either live via Zoom or to submit pre-recorded presentations or virtual posters.

Please click on the link below to download our guidelines and instructions for giving live presentations or pre-recorded presentations or virtual posters via Zoom:


COPHA 2021 is being convened by INTESDA in affiliation with the the Parasitic Disease Research Center, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and the Family Medical Co., Ltd., Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

About COPHA 2021

Only a few months ago, it seemed as though the promising hope of mass vaccinations, such as Pfizer and Moderna, would bring an end to COVID-19.  There is little doubt that this pandemic has infected millions of people in small and large communities in every country, made travel nearly impossible, overwhelmed hospitals, closed schools and destroyed the global economy. Yet despite decreasing infection rates in many places, new variants of this deadly virus continue to pop up and challenge the public health response. Japan, for example, is now in its fourth wave and as with many countries, the public health system is severely strained: staff are overworked, hospital beds and equipment are in short supply.

While the mortality rate for COVID-19 hovers around 2% or lower in most developed countries, the pandemic remains at the forefront of global health concern. It is the top news story and as such it has brought about renewed focus on the need for better public health care, health education and training of health care workers. In Asia and elsewhere in the world, the demand is high for innovative research and creating vaccines to fight communicable and non-communicable diseases. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, corporations and non-profits have been pouring funding into medical research and education. At the same time, the need to improve access to health care and advance medical technology are in high demand. Most importantly, though it is the recognition of the life or death role that doctors, nurses, health care workers and researchers have in public health. It is paramount that improvements in medical training, education and research are taken since these front-line workers are absolutely vital to both the public health sector and to communities for the next global health crisis. Thus, it is with these issues, concerns and developments in mind that COPHA 2021 is being convened.

How can we ensure the equitable and efficient allocation of health-related resources across all Asia to meet basic needs and future health crises?   What role can policy makers play in creating affordable universal health care? How can we close the gap between those who have access to public health and those who do not? What lessons have we learned from COVID-19?

With the theme Raising Public Health Awareness, it is hoped that today’s challenges in health care can be met with viable global solutions. Thus we welcome you to join us for this exciting timely virtual conference, which will be held online from Tokyo, Japan.

The Deadline for proposals is now closed.

COPHA 2021 Submission Form

Topic Streams

  • Access to Public Health Care in Developing Countries
  • Aging Health Issues in Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Biotechnology and Biomedical Science
  • Communicable Diseases and Pandemics
  • Community and Family Medicine
  • COVID-19 and Public Health
  • Environmental Science and Health
  • Health Care Systems and Delivery
  • Medical Technology
  • Mental Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Nursing Practice and Education
  • Preventive Health Care and Palliative Care
  • Public Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Women’s Health and Maternal Child Health
  • Other Areas of Health Care (Please Specify)


COPHA 2021 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

This conference will provide a multi-disciplinary health care platform for academics, researchers, physicians, nurses, midwives, nutritionists, pharmacists, healthcare administrators, veterinarians, biologists, psychologists, sociologists, social workers and other professionals.

Plan Your Virtual Participation

View the Schedule and Deadlines

Program Committee

Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, SUTNathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D.
Suranaree University of Technology,
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Dr. Rattanapitoon is a leading researcher in the fight against Liver Fluke — a Neglected Tropical Disease, which kills more than 20,000 people each year in Thailand.  He is a faculty member in the Institute of Medicine at Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. His research interests include: Parasitology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Bioinformatics, Genetics and Gastroenterology.  He earned his doctoral degree in Biomedical Science, his MSc in Medical Parasitology and BSc in Public Health at Khon Kaen University in Thailand and BSc in Occupational Health at Sukhotai Thammathirath Open University in Thailand.

Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon, SUT Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon, M.D., FCFP
Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology,
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Dr. Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon serves as an Associate Professor and is the Chair of the Department Research Unit in the Department of Family Medicine in the Institute of Medicine of Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. She earned her M.D. (General Practice) from the Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. In addition, she holds a Fellowship (FCFP) in Family Medicine from The Royal College of Family Physician of Thailand. Dr. Kaewpitoon has earned multiple certificates from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, including a Certificate in Applied Epidemiology from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; a Certificate in Global Health: A Biosocial Perspective from Harvard University, USA; and a Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Her research interests include, but are not limited to, Epidemiology and Public Health, Global Health, Behavioral Medicine, Epidemiology, Medical Education, Family Medicine, Opisthorchiasis, Preventive Medicine, Health Promotion, Gastroenterology, Cholangiocarcinoma, Health Services Research, Incidence, Public Health, Disease Control and E-Learning for Epidemiology & Statistics.

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
INTESDA, Chairperson

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Since 2011, he has organized and led multiple humanitarian and medical aid missions to India, Bhutan and elsewhere to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio and improve access to clean water and sanitation in rural areas. Mr. Yamada is also active in supervising activities and projects with friendship associations in central Japan aimed at strengthening ties with its diverse international community.

Michael Sasaoka AlvordMichael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA, Executive Director

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development. Michael spent much of his formative and adolescent years growing up in Japan before returning to the USA where he excelled at San Diego State University and earned degrees in business and Japanese. Owing to his bi-cultural and bilingual heritage, Michael has spent the past twenty-five years working in education and training in Japan, which he now calls home. As a skilled Japanese-English interpreter, he recently worked for NBC during the Tokyo Olympics.

COPHA 2021 Readers

  • Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D., Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Schawanya Rattanapitoon M.D., FCFP, Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Zhen-Fang Lin, PhD, School of Pharmacy & Graduate Institute of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Bea-Gracia M. Cruz, RN, MAN, DNM, Department Head – Training & Research, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Philippines
  • Tu Nguyen, Ph.D.,  Ho Chi Minh City International University, Vietnam
  • Anna Dittfeld, Ph.D., School of Medicine with the Division of Dentistry in Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia, Poland
  • Sumattana Glangkarn, Ph.D., Mahasarakham University, Thailand
  • Supawadee Putthinoi, Ph.D., Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand