Who Should Apply

We welcome individuals with a bachelor’s or higher degree that wish to go into public health academia and/or become a public health officer at international organizations such as WHO or UNICEF. Since all courses will be held in English, all ESL applicants will be required to submit an official score report from either Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) with a minimum score of 80 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5.

  1. November 9, 2018
    Application Deadline
  2. December, 2018
    Interview (in Person or via Skype)
  3. January 9, 2019
  4. January 21-31, 2019


Application Terms and Conditions

Training Objectives

The Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH) course at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) was designed to educate individuals from around the world wanting to be leaders in their fields through generating, translating and disseminating real-world public health-related scientific evidence to make the world a healthier place. TMDU-MPH course offers ambitious people opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge and skills for becoming global public health leaders.

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Average Time Required to Earn an MPH Degree

Two years are normally required: one in-class and one practicum to graduate. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH) degree.

Course Requirements

One year in-class course at our Tokyo campus, and one year practicum course, where students complete original public health research.

Completion of a master’s thesis [An academic advisor from TMDU faculty specializing in public or global health will be assigned to each student based on his/her research interests].

Enrollment Period

October 2018 – September 2020

Applicant Requirements

To qualify and apply to the TMDU-MPH course, you need to have achieved or expect to obtain a bachelor’s or higher degree by September 30, 2018. In addition, all ESL applicants need to submit an official score report from either Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) with a minimum score of 80 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5.

Application Schedule

Please prepare and mail the required application documents in one package to the following address between May 1 and the deadline of June 25, 2018.

Graduate School Admission Team, Admission Section, Institute of Education, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
1-5-45 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Postal code: 113-8510

Application Documents

  • Application form (Form 1)
    Affix, to the designated locations, a photograph or digital image of you, taken within the past 3 months. Format: 4×3 cm in size, upper frontal view, without a hat or head covering (unless normally worn every day for religious reasons). Write your name and nationality on the back, and paste it on the application form as indicated. For an academic advisor who is to provide you with academic guidance, information, and supervise your research project that you will conduct in the second year, select three members from the TMDU-MPH faculty member and write down in order of preference.
  • Statement of purpose (Form 2)
    Please describe your motivation to study public health, your focused research interest in the field of public health, and your career plans in public health upon completion of the course. This statement must be typewritten or written in block letters. Though there is no set limit, most statements are 1-2 pages, single-spaced.
  • Recommendation Letters in Japanese or English
    Required: A letter of reference from a senior member of the institution to which the applicant belongs
    Also desired: A letter of reference from a supervisor who knows you, the applicant, personally
  • Academic transcript
    • Official sealed academic transcript from university
    • Official academic transcript from graduate school attended (if applicable, required only for applicants who have graduated or expect to graduate from a master’s or doctoral course)
  • Certificate of completion or graduation
    • Certificate of (expected) graduation from university
    • Certificate of graduation or diploma showing completion (or expected completion) of a graduate course (if applicable, required only for applicants who have graduated or expect to graduate from a master’s or doctoral course)
  • Official record of your English language proficiency
    Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to provide a photocopy of an official score report from either TOEFL iBT or IELTS.
  • Payment record of entrance exam fee: 36,000 yen + remittance fee
    Applicants are responsible for paying the bank transfer fee. Please transfer entrance exam fee, remittance fee and yen exchange transaction fees in Japan by a telegraphic transfer. If you do not pay all required fees, your application may not be accepted for a lack of entrance exam fee. Please inquire for the payee bank information to Graduate School Entrance Exam Team directly. E-mail:
  • Official copy of your passport (for overseas applicants who are not in Japan) or residence card or entry visa (front + back, for international applicants who reside in Japan) or certificate of residence (for Japanese citizens)
  • Documentary proof of surname change (only if name on submitted documents differ from current surname)
    Copy of both sides of driver’s license, residence records, family register, passport, or other form of ID


  • Application documents, once submitted, will not be returned for any reason.
  • All documents should be typed in English on paper of the same size (preferably A4).
  • If any of the above documents (1-9) are written in a language other than Japanese or English, English translations of each must be attached.

Selection Process

(1) Interview
After initial screening of application documents, candidates will be invited for a face-to-face or via Skype interview session.
Interview period: Auguest 2018
Date and time of interviews will be scheduled at the convenience of the applicants and the interviewers.

(2) Selection methods
Acceptance to the graduate school is determined by a review of the submitted application documents and results of interview.

Announcement of Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail near the end of August 2018.


Students must make arrangements to cover the following:
Entrance exam fee: JPY 36,000
Enrolment fee: JPY 282,000
Tuition fee*: JPY 535,800

  • Tuition fees may be exempted based on student's academic performance and financial status. Please note that you can apply to this waiver program only after the school year begins and all students are required to pay enrollment fee and the first semester’s tuition fee at time of enrollment.


Incomplete application documents will not be accepted, so please be careful when filling out the form and collecting the necessary documentation.

If you need special consideration and/or arrangements for studying, due to illness or extraordinary causes such as physical disability, please inform us at the time of application.

If any difference is found between actual fact and matters that you described in your application documents, there is a chance of your enrollment being revoked.

  • Handling of personal information
    • Personal information collected in the selection process will not be used for any purposes other than to carry out health guidance or education after admission.
    • TMDU will not disclose any personal information collected in the selection process to third parties without consent of the applicant according to the “National University Corporation Tokyo Medical and Dental University Personal Information Management Rules.”
    • Admission will be revoked if an applicant who applies under the condition of “expect to receive a bachelor's degree” is not able to attain said degree or to graduate by the deadline (September 30, 2018).

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships.

Students are advised to acquire some knowledge of Japanese culture, customs, weather, and the university system before arriving in Japan. Even though this course will be held in English, you will be required to speak some Japanese in your daily life outside the course. Therefore, we strongly advise all international students acquire some level of Japanese language proficiency before starting at TMDU.

Entrance examination and enrollment fees, as well as documents submitted at the time of application, will not be returned for any reason whatsoever. Before you submit your application, make copies of the originals for your own records.

If enrollment capacity has not been reached after an entrance examination, additional applicants may be sought. So, please either check the TMDU website or contact the Admission Section regularly.


For course curriculum inquiries, please contact TMDU JDP & MPH Team at Email:
For admission inquiries, please contact the Graduate School Admission Team office at E-mail:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does TMDU offer financial aid?
We offer tuition fee exemption to both local and international students based on their academic performance and financial status. You can apply to the waiver program after the school year begins but still need to cover the entrance examination fees, enrollment fees, first half year’s tuition, and daily living expenses. You are also encouraged to apply for private and government scholarships.
What types of housing available at TMDU?
TMDU has several types of housing available: International House, International Student House, student dormitories, as well as housing arranged by the Japan Student Services Organization, JASSO (5,900-48,000 yen/month*). Private accommodations such as apartments are also possible near campus.
Are online learning programs offered?
In general, the Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH) Course is a classroom course requiring in-person participation. However, TMDU offers an e-learning study option (i.e., learning from video-recoded lectures, which requires completion of assignment for each course and three days of schooling at TMDU in summer) for students under exceptional circumstances*. *Exceptional circumstance is defined as “living in a remote area and having difficulty to attend classes or being a full-time employee.” In order to prove that your condition meets the exceptional circumstance, please submit “Certificate of Employment (including job description)” (for a full-time employee) and a letter of permission from your MPH course supervisor.
Can I complete the MPH course all in English?
Yes, the MPH course will be held in English. However, knowing some Japanese will help in your daily life and TMDU offers free Japanese classes to students who are interested.
Am I able to conduct clinical research (research targeting patients)?
Yes, it is possible. Please consult the relevant TMDU-MPH course faculty member.
Should I have health-related work experiences to be accepted as a student?
Health-related work experience is not an essential criteria to apply for the MPH course.
Can I change my academic advisor after enrollment?
Yes, you can change after entering the MPH course.
How much do I need to live in Tokyo during the course?
According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the estimated living cost for a single person in Tokyo is ¥144,000 per month (As of 2015).