Curriculum

Overview

The Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH) course at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) was designed to advance your knowledge and skills in the core public health disciplines while preparing you to generate/translate/disseminate public-health-related knowledge in real-world contexts.

Program Components

1st year:
  • In-class course work at our Tokyo campus
2nd year:
  • Original public health research about the country of your choice (Tokyo campus/online)
  • Completion of a master’s thesis (Tokyo campus/online)
  • [Optional] Internship at an international organization

Teaching Methods

Both core and elective courses will be conducted using lecture-based and active, case-based learning approaches (known as case methods). Throughout the course, students will have ample opportunity to apply theories learned in lecture-based classes to realistic situations using case-based discussion. These case-based active discussions allow students to obtain more practical and cross cutting competencies such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and professional leadership. Students can also gain an overview of topics and up-to-date knowledge though lectures from invited first-class lecturers, and improve techniques such as statistical analysis though tailored exercises.

Academic Advisor

Each student will be assigned a TMDU-MPH course faculty member to be your academic advisor. The role of academic adviser is to provide you with academic guidance, information, and supervise your research project that you will conduct in the second year. You and your adviser must communicate frequently to discuss your plan and progress. You can express whom you would like to be your academic advisor at the time of application.

Core Courses

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biostatistics Ⅰ
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology Ⅰ
  • Global Health
  • Health System and Management
  • Planetary Health
  • Public Health Practice Ⅰ
  • Public Health Practice Ⅱ

Elective Courses

  • Biostatistics Ⅱ
  • Epidemiology Ⅱ
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Public Health Biology

Type of Degree

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH)

Our Faculty

Rebecca L. Carlson
Phd
Assistant Professor
Department
Institute of Global Affairs
Contact Info.
carlson.isc@tmd.ac.jp
Research Interests
  • Social causes of global health inequalities
  • Biosocial approach to health
  • Medical anthropology
  • The production of knowledge and expertise in science, medicine and media
  • Modern forms of technology, national-identity and mobility in Japan
Takeo Fujiwara
MD, PhD, MPH
Professor
Department
Department of Global Health Promotion
Contact Info.
fujiwara.hlth@tmd.ac.jp
Research Interests
  • Social epidemiology
  • Life course epidemiology
  • Maternal and child health
  • Child abuse and neglect
Kiyohide Fushimi
MD, PhD
Professor
Department
Department of Healthy Policy and Informatics
Contact Info.
kfushimi.hci@tmd.ac.jp
Research Interests
  • Functional differentiation and coordination of healthcare facilities
  • Development and application of patient case mix system for Japanese healthcare settings
  • Application of information technology to standardization of health care and sharing of health care information
Shiroh Iwanaga
PhD
Professor
Department
Department of Environmental Parasitology
Contact Info.
iwanaga.vip@tmd.ac.jp
Research Interests
  • Parasitic infectious disease
  • Vector-borne infectious disease
  • Malaria
  • Drug resistance
Masashi Kizuki
MD, PhD, MPH
Senior Associate Professor
Department
Department of Global Health Promotion
Contact Info.
kizuki.hlth@tmd.ac.jp
Research Interests
  • Workplace environment
  • Climate change and health
Ayako Morita
MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department
Department of Global Health Promotion
Contact Info.
morita.hlth@tmd.ac.jp
Research Interests
  • Social networks and social capital
  • Intergenerational interaction
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Prodromal dementia
  • Frailty
Janelle R. Moross
RN
Associate Professor
Department
Institute of Global Affairs, Institute of Education
Research Interests
  • Medical and dental education
  • Maternal and child health
  • Oral hygiene in long-term nursing care
  • Computer-assisted simulation learning
Keiko Nakamura
MD, PhD
Professor
Department
Department of Global Health Entrepreneurship
Contact Info.
nakamura.ith@tmd.ac.jp
Research Interests
  • Trade in health service and international workforce for health and long-term care
  • Sustainable development through Healthy Cities
  • Social business models for equitable delivery of healthcare
Kazuki Takada
MD, PhD, MS
Deputy Director(1)
Professor(2)
Chair(3)
Department
(1) Education
(2) Institute of Education
(3) Department of Professional Development in Healthcare Sciences
Contact Info.
takada.rheu@tmd.ac.jp
Research Interests
  • Qualitative and quantitative research in medical education

About Harvard/Johns Hopkins Lecture Series (HJLS)

Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) collaborates with renowned professors from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), the two world’s top school of public health, and offers the MPH students the world’s top class public health education in Tokyo.

Ichiro Kawachi
Professor of Social Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
S.V. Subramanian
Professor of Population Health and Geography
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Brian Schwartz
Professor
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Pamela Surkan
Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Michele Decker
Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Curriculum Map and Course Syllabi

MPH Course Curriculum Map
  • Elective course
Behavioral Sciences
updated on Sep.19
This course has been designed to provide students with a conceptual grounding in theoretical approaches to health behavior change. The emphasis is on psychosocial theories and social determinants of health.
Biostatistics Ⅰ Biostatistics is the application of statistical methods to data in biological, biomedical and health sciences. This course introduces the basic techniques important for analyzing data from epidemiologic, biomedical and other public health related research. Statistical reasoning will be emphasized through problem solving and practical applications.
Biostatistics Ⅱ*
updated on Sep.19
This course covers advanced statistical procedures used in current empirical research including but not limited to multilevel models, propensity score analysis, instrumental variables, multiple imputation, and survival analysis.
Prerequisite: Biostatistics Ⅰ or the equivalent
Environmental Health This course examines health issues, scientific understanding of their causes, and possible future approaches toward control of the major environmental health problems. Topics include toxicology, exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, risk assessment/management, air pollution, water pollution, and environmental justice.
Epidemiology Ⅰ Epidemiology is the study of the causes and distribution of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this knowledge to control those health problems. This course introduces the principles and methods used in epidemiologic research with a focus on conceptual and practical issues in the design, conduct, and analysis of epidemiologic studies for description and causal inference.
Epidemiology Ⅱ* This course applies epidemiological methodologies to explore the health effects of major social variables, including social class, race, gender, poverty, income distribution, social networks/support, community cohesion, work and neighborhood environment. We will explore the health consequences of social and economic policies, and the potential role of specific social interventions.
Prerequisite: Epidemiology Ⅰ or the equivalent
Global Health
updated on Aug.20
This course provides an overview of important health challenges facing the world today and discusses how these have changed over time, examines determinants of such changes, and future projections. We will review evidence, theory, and methods related to global health and approaches used to design, implement and evaluate policies to address global health problems.
Health Systems and Management
updated on Oct.10
This course provides an overview of health systems and approaches to improving their efficiency, equity, and performance; focusing on frameworks, tools, skills, and strategies to understand, influence, and evaluate health systems, including technical and political aspects of a policy cycle.
Maternal and Child Health This course focuses on health problems and diseases affecting both pregnant women and children, and presents programs appropriate for the populations of prenatal, early and late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. The impact of various common health problems at different stages of the life cycle and their functional outcomes in terms of morbidity, mortality, psychological wellbeing, reproduction and growth will be highlighted.
Planetary Health This course explores the global human health impacts of natural system transformation, including climate systems, oceans, land cover, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, coastal and fresh water systems. We will discuss ecological determinants of human health, health consequences of certain types of environmental change, and how humanity manages the Earth’s natural systems.
Public Health Biology* This course offers molecular and biological perspectives on public health problems. We will explore the underlying principles of population and medical genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and immunology and their effect on public health issues.
Public Health Practice Ⅰ Students develop a practicum project focusing on evidence-based public health, including systematic reviews and critical evaluation of various published research, while assessing design options by conducting epidemiologic studies and implementing public health programs.
Public Health Practice Ⅱ All students are required to complete a research practicum either in Japan or an international public health setting. This will include research design, data collection and analysis, and writing a master thesis. Arrangement must be made with individual faculty members.