Mission of the Graduate School of Public Health
The mission of the St. Luke’s Graduate School of Public Health (SLGSPH) is to contribute to the maintenance and promotion of human health both in Japan as well as globally. This will be achieved by providing the highest quality of graduate level public health education and training, in line with global standards, to highly motivated individuals and cultivating their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address a variety of domestic and foreign problems.
The SLGSPH is classified as a professional graduate school stipulated by Article 99, Paragraph 2 of the School Education Law and the Professional Graduate School Establishment Criteria. In order to produce highly specialized professionals in public health who will contribute to the maintenance and promotion of societal health, our comprehensive educational curriculum will cover mathematics/science, social science, and humanities, as well as various ethical aspects pertinent to medicine and public health. Individuals receiving a degree from the school can be expected to have the skills described below:
- The ability to scientifically analyze and evaluate various public health issues in light of the changing environment surrounding medicine, health, and welfare.
- The ability to evaluate and develop strategies for solving a variety of foreign and domestic issues in line with global standards in the fields of medicine, health, and welfare.
- Acquisition of practical skills and techniques required of a public health professional, including those commonly used in epidemiology/biostatistics, and qualitative analysis methods.
- The ability to display leadership in practical public health activities.
The SLGSPH is aimed at nurturing highly-specialized professionals with practical and administrative skills in medical care and health as well as the ability to search and find solutions to problems in a manner consistent with global standard for the sustenance and promotion of the health and well-being of all citizens. We hope to select a diverse range of students, anticipated to be primarily drawn from among the present workforce as listed below:
- Clinically-experienced doctors, dentists, hospital/community public health nurses, medical-related office worker.
- Pharmacists and clinical research center (CRC) staff with experience in pharmaceutical legislation or in the conduct of clinical trials, respectively, or who wish to pursue future careers in those fields.
- Non-medical personnel with experience in medical, health and welfare related work or who wish to pursue future careers in those fields (e.g. statisticians, administrative officers, media related professionals such as medical journalists)
- Those who wish to pursue careers in the international health field or within international organizations.
- Those who have a specific goal to translate the knowledge and technology of the public health sector into their current or future careers.
Our aim is to provide an international learning environment by proactively accepting international students in order to cultivate students’ ability to search and find solutions to problems in medical care, health and welfare fields in a manner consistent with global standards (globalism and resourcefulness). Furthermore, as a professional graduate school, we acknowledge that some students may wish to maintain their professional affiliations; thus, our program is designed to accommodate scheduling for working professionals.
The SLGSPH curriculum is designed to accommodate students from a variety of professional backgrounds and learning styles, incorporating features of active learning with group work and hands-on activities, combined with lectures and discussion sessions. The curriculum is based on the ideas listed below and are tailored towards guidelines set forth by the internationally-recognized Council on Education for Public Health (an accreditation body for international public health education programs):
Foundation courses are required covering the five core public health disciplines including epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, health and behavioral science, and environmental health science. As epidemiology is commonly referred to as the “basic science of public health”, these courses are emphasized compared to other public health sub-disciplines. A generous number of elective courses in various sub-disciplines of public health are available to enhance the caliber and breadth of the educational program in this interdisciplinary field of study. Finally, the curriculum emphasizes the importance of obtaining “Professional Knowledge and Skills” which refers to various real world applications of the academic topics that students will learn in the MPH program. With the master’s capstone project and MPH Seminar, students will demonstrate both the skills and knowledge needed to perform independent projects in their future careers as public health professionals. In addition, as one emphasis of our program focuses on the clinical application of MPH skills, students without a clinical background will find introductory medical courses useful to their future professional endeavors in the hospital, clinic, or other healthcare settings.
This is the first public health program in Japan to offer such a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum requiring students to successfully complete at least 42 units consistent with international educational standards in public health.
An attractive feature of the school’s curriculum is the ability to be at the leading-edge in evidence-based medicine (EBM) and care quality through a unique partnership with the St. Luke’s International University Hospital.
The SLGSPH offers students the flexibility to enroll in the standard 2-year program, or a 1-year accelerated or 3-year extended program depending on individual preference.Eligibility to the 1-year MPH program is limited only to applicants with a degree in medicine, at least 2 years of full-time professional work experience and those who will not be engaged in full-time work after admission.