Greetings from the University President and Graduate School Dean
The 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taught us the importance of public health and the relationship between individual hygiene and the health of the population in infection prevention. COVID-19 has also taught us that an epidemic is a disaster that greatly affects not only healthcare, but various other fields like politics, economics, education, transportation, and discriminatory psychology.
In 1925, St. Luke’s International Hospital, this university’s parent institution, hired public health physicians and public health nurses, opening up an era poor in its public health understanding. To this today we have continuously taken on that practice. At the Graduate School of Public Health (professional degree), the American standardized graduation requirement of 42 credits greatly exceeds Japan’s Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools’ requirement of 30 credits.
Experience this university’s “culture of practical emphasis”, take the wisdom and techniques of public health, and strive to be a professional capable of contributing to society.
HORIUCHI ShigekoPresident, St. Luke’s International University
Our Graduate School of Public Health comprises a professional graduate program that aims to cultivate professionals who have the ability to respond to the growing needs in public health during this era of scientific and technological advances and globalization. Our school seeks to provide high-quality graduate education in public health that meets global standards for training, and seeks to nurture the ability to approach various health issues with a broad perspective, to evaluate the situation, and offer options for an optimal solution.
This year is the fourth year since the inception of our graduate school. The student body comprises various professional backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, pharmacology, allied health professions, and various other fields such as information technology and journalism. We also enjoy the opportunity to study with a number of overseas students and foreign nationals.
In addition to providing basic skills and knowledge, through the rich diversity of backgrounds represented by our student body and faculty, we believe we have created the ideal interactive educational environment conducive to promoting exchange of broad perspectives that are essential to the success of public health.
Last year, we newly opened our doctoral program in public health. We welcome those who wish to pursue doctoral-level training in public health practice with an emphasis in epidemiology and biostatistics, two foundational disciplines of public health.
We appreciate the continued interest in our school by prospective students - both in Japan and from abroad - and look forward to welcoming students of various backgrounds who share the common goal of serving as global public health experts.
ENDO HiroyoshiDean, Graduate School of Public Health