Health Literacy Education and Research in the Philippines: An Agenda for Filipino Information Professionals during and after COVID-19


  • John Robert Bautista School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin


Health literacy, COVID-19, Information science, Philippines, Health informatics, Health literacy education, health literacy research


This paper highlights the important role of health literacy during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how information professionals can help equip Filipinos with sufficient health literacy to protect them from similar global health crises in the future. While so much needs to be done to improve health literacy education, the author advocates for a greater research culture among information professionals (and students) so that we can generate locally made insights to influence health literacy policy, education, and research in the Philippines.

Author Biography

John Robert Bautista, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

John Robert Bautista is a Bullard Research Fellow at the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin. His research lies in the intersection of health sciences, information science, and communication. In particular, he examines the role and impact of ICTs, such as smartphones, social media and blockchain, in healthcare and non-healthcare contexts. He usually takes a mixed method approach in research that is guided by communication, information, behavioral, and organizational theories. His research findings are published in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Informatics for Health and Social Care, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and JMIR Nursing. He received his PhD in Communication Science at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his BSN from Trinity University of Asia and MPH from the University of the Philippines – Manila.