The 5th Conference on Public Health in Asia (COPHA 2023) – Held in Hiroshima, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, 02-03 December 2023»

Welcome to COPHA 2023

We welcome you to join us in Hiroshima, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, 02 – 03 December  2023 for the 5th Conference on Public Health in Asia. The COPHA 2023 theme is Public Health System and Nursing Challenges.

COPHA 2023 is a hybrid event with in-person poster presentations and virtual presentations. Nursing students are welcome to apply for scholarships and discounted registration rates.


COPHA 2023 Organizers

COPHA 2023 is being convened by INTESDA in partnership with the the Parasitic Disease Research Center, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and the School of Public Policy at Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

In addition, COPHA 2023 is pleased to work with and support the Royal Canadian Medical Service, Ottawa, Canada; and Santa Monica College, School of Nursing, California, USA.

School of Public Policy, Chiang Mai University RCMS SMC Pre-health
Suranaree University of Technology Hospital

About COPHA 2023

Globally, the COVID-19  pandemic revealed severe problems and challenges for public health systems. Those working in hospitals and public health centers were at the forefront of the battle. The lack of equipment, information and staff shortages of medical workers and nurses created big challenges during the past three years. Public health care facilities were ill-equipped and unprepared to manage the influx of patients and had inadequate medical and epidemiological training to properly address patient care. Overall, public health systems were not prepared to fight the pandemic.

According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), a shortage of nurses is a global health emergency. Especially considering the challenges of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the ICN reports that health systems around the world will only start to recover from the effects of the pandemic and be rebuilt when there is sufficient investment in a well-supported global nursing workforce. Across Asia there is also a nursing shortage, and here in Japan, the Ministry of Health has warned of a severe shortage of nurses by 2025.

Today’s nurse educators lead and promote innovations in teaching and learning, practice, policy, and research that celebrate the whole person and value new perspectives. Having demonstrated exceptional flexibility, adaptability, and courage, nurse educators continue to be called to engage local, national, and global communities, inspire others to act, and build partnerships that co-create health equity and social justice. In addition to the nursing shortage, the COVID-19 pandemic has also illustrated the difficulty that many public and community health systems have around the world to maintain access to health and biomedical informatics.

It is with these two global challenges in mind that we welcome you to join us in Hiroshima, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, 02-03 December 2023 for the 5th Conference on Public Health in Asia.

We welcome submissions of 250 words in English or Japanese by Friday, October 27, 2023. Click on the button below to submit your proposal today!

COPHA 2023 Submission Form

Topic Streams

  • Biotechnology and Biomedical Science
  • Cancer Care and Oncology
  • Child Health, Pediatric, Neonatal, Maternal Nursing
  • Community and Public Health
  • Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Elderly Care, Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Environmental Science and Health
  • Mental Health and Nursing
  • Nursing Science, Practice and Education
  • Nutrition, Malnutrition and Dietetics
  • Preventive Health Care and Palliative Care
  • Sanitation, Water and Hygiene
  • Other Areas of Public Health & Nursing (Please Specify)


COPHA 2023 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, 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. He has organized and led multiple humanitarian and medical aid missions to India, Bhutan and elsewhere in Asia 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 has worked with the Japan Olympic Committee and for NBC during the recent Tokyo Olympics games.

COPHA 2023 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, MBA FPCHA, CHA; The Medical City Clark-Ambulatory Surgical Center (Clinic Manager), Philippines
  • William P Kittredge, Ph.D., School of Public Policy, Chaing Mai University, Thailand.
  • Donald M Cook, MPH, Royal Canadian Medical Service, Canada; University of Nagasaki, Sasebo, Japan
  • 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
  • Janita Chau, R.N., B.N., M.Phil., Ph.D., The Nethersole School of Nursing, Assistant Dean (Alumni Affairs), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Ikuko Sobue, Ph.D., Institute of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Integrated Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Khaled K. Al Dossari, M.D., Vice Dean for Quality & Development, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Jun Norkaew, Ph.D.,  Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand
  • Porntip Nimkuntod, MD (Cardiology), Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand