公衆衛生学研究科長 遠藤 弘良
On behalf of the faculty and support staff of the Graduate School of Public Health, I would like to extend an official and cordial welcome to the fourth entering cohort to the Master of Public Health program and the second cohort to the Doctor of Public Health program.
I’m sure that all of you bring with you impressive aspirations and expectations for your academic activities in public health at St. Luke’s.
It is with great sorrow the university’s entrance ceremony previously scheduled for April 2, 2020 has been cancelled in response to the spread of the coronavirus and its prevention. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for your understanding during this difficult period.
But in the wake of the novel corona virus pandemic, the importance of public health has been dully recognized even among the general population.
“Health issues”, as you know, have been changing from day to day. And in keeping up with its shifting nature, the sensitivity to see “health” from a broad perspective, not only at the individual-level but also from a population-level, is becoming increasingly important. At the same time, the reality of globalization is rapidly progressing in health care as you can see in this pandemic.
Our Graduate School of Public Health opened three years ago to nurture public health professionals with this type of needed sensitivity and global perspective. Our students have various professional backgrounds, not only in medicine, nursing, pharmacology and the like, but also in various other fields such as IT and journalism. Overseas students are also an integral part of our diverse academic community.
Most of you are working professionals. Therefore, I’m sure that you must be filled with not only excitement and anticipation, but perhaps a bit of uncertainty about how to cope with both intensive study, busy professional work and precious family life. Your predecessors were and are in the same situation and appear to be successfully coping with the help of student, faculty and staff support networks and mutual encouragement among member of the GSPH community.
Thanks to the efforts and contribution by your predecessors during the early years since our opening, we have been able to establish the foundation for the school. Based on this foundation, I would appreciate your collaboration following in their footsteps, and through a team effort among students, faculty and staff, we would like to continue the tradition of hard work and success.
As you know, St. Luke’s International University is comprised of not only the Graduate School of Public Health, but also the College of Nursing and the Graduate School of Nursing Science.
The door to our graduate school is now open to everyone at St. Luke’s International University. From this year, the different sectors of the university will engage in greater exchange; for example, Graduate School of Public Health students will be able to take courses offered through the Graduate School of Nursing Science and vice versa, and earn units towards fulfilling graduation requirements. As the name of our university indicates, we are committed to supporting the promotion of “internationalization” and diversification of the university and look forward to active interaction among the students and across departments.
I wish you all the best in enjoying campus life with your fellow students of St.Luke’s.