Mario Villaverde, MD, MPH, MPM
Strategic and Marketing Management
Mario C. Villaverde graduated as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Preparatory to a medical degree, he took Bachelor of Science (BS) at the Aquinas University graduating at the top of his class as Magna cum Laude. He completed his Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of the Philippines-Manila where he ranked second place in his graduating class. In 2003 he was awarded a scholarship as a Lee Kuan Yew Fellow and graduated with a Master in Public Management (MPM) under a joint program of the National University of Singapore and the Kennedy School of Government-Harvard University.
He is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government (ASoG). He also teaches public policy and health governance. With his appointment in 2011, he initiated the restructuring of the core courses of the Master in Public Management (MPM) program and the development of the curriculum for the MPM-Health Governance track. He is also immersed in the development of executive education programs on leadership and public governance and in various consultancy work related to public management and health. He spearheaded several researches on health sector performance and on local governance and service delivery.
Prior to his stint in the academe, he served the government as Undersecretary of Health overseeing the development and implementation of policies and programs to attain the objectives of the Philippine Health Sector Reform Agenda. He also initiated the development and implementation of the maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition policy and organized other programs and projects on health facility development, disease prevention and control, health promotion and family health. In recognition of his various accomplishments, he was given the THOMAS Award in 2007 as the most outstanding alumnus for government service by the University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association. He was also conferred by President Benigno S. Aquino III the Presidential GAWAD CES Award as an outstanding government career executive officer for 2010. The University of the Philippines College of Public Health also recognized him as its most outstanding alumnus during its 85th foundation anniversary in 2012.