Mentor Judith Borja

A surveillance visit by OPS in Tabogon, Cebu, one of the municipalities in northern Cebu hit by Super-Typhoon Haiyan. With Judith Borja is Fr. Nelson Ortisano, parish priest of Tabogon.

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Gateway Global Mentor

Gateway Global Mentors are alumni with substantial global health
experience who are willing to provide career advice, connections and
mentoring to current Gillings students interested in a global health career.

Dr. Borja is a Research Fellow, and currently, the Director of the USC-Office of Population Studies Foundation, Inc. (OPS) o f the University o f San Carlos (USC), Cebu City, Philippines. She obtained her BSND degree from USC in 1980 (Magna cum Laude), and placed 7th in the 1980 Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure Examination. She completed her Masters degree in Applied Nutrition in 1991 from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. Read More

In 1998 she obtained her PhD in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health where she is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Nutrition. As one of the survey specialists at OPS, she has directed large-scale, multi-site studies such as the Early Childhood Development Evaluation Survey, the Third Elementary Education Program Impact Evaluation Survey, and the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey (CLHNS). Her research expertise spans health and nutrition issues throughout the life course: from pregnancy, infancy, to aging. She has represented OPS in experts’ consultation panels for infants and young children in the Southeast Asian region, and has authored and contributed to publications on food security, adolescent pregnancy, birth weight, infant feeding and growth, and the influence o f early nutrition on later health outcomes. She recently led the OPS team in co nducting a UNFPA-funded rapid assessment  of health facilities in Philippine provinces most hit by the Super Typhoon Haiyan.


  • Philippines
  • USA- Southeast

Areas of Interest

  • Maternal health
  • Infant health
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Risk of overweight at infancy
  • Food security
  • Diet assessment
  • Survey design and implementation


Available via e-mail and face-to-face mentoring when at UNC (usually in the spring)