2021年度学位記授与 公衆衛生学研究科博士後期課程修了生代表 答礼のことば（2022年3月10日）
Yayoi Murano Doctor of Public Health Student Representative, Graduate School of Public Health
It was five years ago when I first entered St Luke`s International University. At that time, I was a pediatrician who had done just a little clinical research. I entered here to study more, without clear purpose.
When I started the class, everything was unfamiliar to me and I was struggling with everything; the on-line classes were difficult to join at the very first time, working with PCs was unfamiliar for me, and it was my first experience of learning in English. But faculty members and other students were always helpful and I enjoyed my campus life. I could learn much during my masters course and I decided to continue my study in doctoral course from 2019. The Doctoral course was delightful too, but at the end of the first year, COVID-19 suddenly appeared and immediately became a pandemic. I was grateful that St Luke’s International University adapted to the situation and I could have the following two years classes without any troubles. Moreover, I could learn much through the pandemic and I was happy to study public health during this situation. I think during this pandemic, the importance of public health was really spotlighted and I am proud to study it in such a special period.
In St Luke’s International University, both faculty members and students have various backgrounds and my campus life was just like studying abroad, which I had given up on because of my work. I learnt many cultural aspects and other occupational perspectives which provided a chance to think deeply about public health. And even now, we have a good relationship. I really thank St Luke’s for these valuable encounters.
Public health is a necessary but not well-known field in Japan. As a first graduate student from the doctoral course, I would like to continue studying public health and contribute to enlighten the Japanese public about this field. Especially, I have focused on maternal and child health and I assessed the prognosis of preterm infants and the importance of maternal health for both maternal and infant health through my work here. Japan is one of the countries with good perinatal outcomes, but I found that there is more to be done in not only treatment but also preventive strategies. I would like to continue working in this theme. If I did not enter St. Luke’s International University, obviously I could not achieve this interesting work and I really appreciate to have such a wonderful opportunity to contribute to this field.
Finally, I would like to thank the previous president of St Luke’s International University, Dr. Fukui, and present president Dr Horiuchi, previous dean Dr. Endo, present dean Dr. Takahashi and my supervisor, Dr. Gilmour and my mentors Dr. Yoneoka and Dr. Hayashi, and all other faculty members. I also want to thank my classmates for our wonderful time together and the valuable discussions we had. Also, as I belong to ikyoku in Juntendo University, I also appreciate Dr. Shoji for supervising my both master and doctoral works from a clinical perspective, and the warm support I received from Dr. Shimizu, Dr. Suzuki, and Dr. Someya.
I hope the world can soon overcome this COVID-19 situation and we become able to gather and see everyone face-to-face someday.