2020年度学位記授与 公衆衛生学研究科修士課程修了生代表 答礼のことば
Student Representative, Graduate School of Public Health Haruka Maeda
I would like to thank Dean Endo, faculty members, families, friends, and most importantly, the 2020 graduates of the Masters of Public Health at St. Luke’s International University for this honorable opportunity to share my thoughts. Currently, I am a specialized researcher in a field of paramount importance today: infectious disease epidemiology. My gratitude goes to the exceptional education at St. Luke’s International University, which substantially reoriented the trajectory of my career path.
When I entered St. Luke’s International University in April 2019, I was working as a physician at an emergency and critical care center, tending to all the “downstream” in the proverbial river we all now know as the representation of our current state of modern healthcare and social welfare. Truthfully, upon entering St. Luke’s International University, I possessed no great aspiration. My goal was to seek a pathway into clinical research in response to a recommendation from a senior colleague. However, after being exposed to the academic rigors and illuminating insights under the direction of many of our distinguished faculty in public health, not only did I gain proficiency in scientific inquiry, but I became particularly cognizant of just how indispensable public health is to the overall health of individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole; in short, I learned to think “upstream”. Clinical physicians swamped with requisite responsibilities of treating patients in critical situations--patients drowning downstream in the river--is predicated upon the availability of the investigative groundwork conducted “upstream” by our public health researchers. The evidence is right before our eyes: public health research is the vital organ of our global human body.
Fellow classmates, we are graduating in a defining moment in modern history when the world encounters the global health crisis, and public health is at the core. Governments, physicians, and families look to us for answers: our expertise is in demand; our guidance is inextricable. We, as public health professionals, have the responsibility of leading with your knowledge and permitting your zeal for healthcare to prevent the clutter of patients collecting downstream. I know, with great confidence, we will not only affect policy changes and recommend guidelines, but we will influence and advance societies and, as a whole, transforming the spirit of our world and paving the way forth and a brighter future for generations to come.
I would like to express my appreciation for our classmates, faculty members, staff in this school, our families, our colleagues, and everyone who supported us. Thank you to our dedicated faculty members for teaching us and leading the way: our gratitude belongs to you. Most importantly, I would like to thank all my classmates. Our sharing ideas and supporting each other is where it all began. Now it’s time to go forth and share and reach out to others. This small community where we learned, St. Luke’s International University, an institution I am proud to call “home”, is where we earned the right and mastered the technique to swim upstream. Thank you, once again, to everyone.