RESEARCH, EXTENSION, AND DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
The College Research, Extension, and Development Agenda (CREDA) of the College of Health Sciences (CHS) is a document the maps out the various activities that are and will be carried out by its faculty and students from 2018 to 2022. With the objective of disseminating relevant and applicable health and health-related research outputs to be utilized by stakeholders, this agenda was tailor-fit to be sensitive and responsive to the demands and needs of the Filipinos on this side of the country.
The CREDA is based on international, national, and regional R&D agenda, together with the MMSU R&D Agenda – making it globally-responsive yet locally-grounded. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), being the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, is considered the foremost master plan where R&D goals and objectives are attached. Apparently, all SDG goals magnify the significance of health, fitness, and wellness across all cultures. As an answer to the call for a better planet, the Philippines through the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) launched AmBisyon Natin 2040. This represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years. With the mantra of matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay (strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure life), both education and health/wellness services are identified as priority sectors that this agenda will have a direct impact.
The CREDA presents a list of researchable topics based on the NUHRA 2017-2022 that every faculty and student could devote their time and effort on. With each researchable topic is a proposed extension plan where the results, conclusions, and recommendations of the accomplished study will be utilized by the community and for the community. Further, the research-based extension programs that were implemented will serve as laboratory areas that could enhance the know-how and skills of learners in their particular fields, with the aim of inculcating virtues towards culture and gender in the name of sound health care provision. The said research results – together with other development areas in the NUHRA – will also be incorporated in the syllabi of the health science courses so that learners will be able to gain new knowledge, reinforce or refute theories, and enhance critical thinking skills that they could practice during their professional careers. Studies for the improvement of teaching and learning strategies is also added as part and parcel of the CREDA to enhance the quality of education in the health sciences.