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
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the world is more closely connected than we might have thought and that health and medical issues are becoming increasingly globalized. It has also reaffirmed the importance of international cooperation among experts from various fields, together with medical professionals, to solve problems related to human health and welfare worldwide.
St. Luke's International University Graduate School of Public Health offers two degree programs: the Master of Public Health (MPH) program and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program. We train professionals in public health to approach health issues with a global perspective and develop solutions. In order to achieve this goal, our school offers a world-class curriculum in English based on international standards for public health training, and has integrated online resources for teaching to enhance flexibility, particularly in consideration of working professionals.
In the MPH program, you will acquire relevant competencies that are considered necessary for all active contributors to the public health field by completing required courses focused on five core public health areas and complemented by a variety of elective courses and a Capstone Project.
The DrPH program places emphasis on epidemiology and biostatistics and trains students who wish to pursue an academic career path including the support of post-graduate level education, as well as those who seek advanced-level skills in analytical methodologies and evaluation of public health issues.
One of the main characteristics of our school is its diversity. Faculty members and students with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds from Japan and abroad interact, not only in classes and on Capstone Projects, but also in extracurricular activities such as optional internships and community activities that may help to create new opportunities for projects and research. Another characteristic is that students have the opportunity to develop research which accesses clinical data from the electronic medical records at St. Luke's International Hospital, a medical center famous for its quality improvement activities.
This year marks the fifth year since its establishment, and it is still evolving to meet the needs of students and the wider community, including the establishment of new courses ("Introduction to Health Technology Assessment" and "Mathematical Methods for Public Health" in the MPH program, and "Economic Evaluation in Healthcare" in the DrPH program) and the start of fall admissions as an option for the DrPH program. MPH alumni are actively involved not only in the medical and pharmaceutical fields, but also in a broad range of fields such as IT, professions in health policy and international organizations. The number of students entering the DrPH program while maintaining their professional work is also increasing.
With an endeavor to promote human health and welfare, we look forward to welcoming those with a proactive approach to learning who seek cooperative solutions with willingness to engage international partners.
TAKAHASHI OsamuDean, Graduate School of Public Health