About Us

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.
(St. Luke’s International University, Graduate School of Public Health Regulations, Article 3)

The professional degree course shall train professionals to have detailed and deep knowledge from a wide perspective and advanced practical skills in solving public health issues based on scientific evidence, and to train advanced skills and abilities required by a person administering public health education and other practices.
(St. Luke’s International University, Graduate School of Public Health Regulations, Article 4)

The Doctoral course shall train professionals to be the faculty underpinning public health education, and have advanced research skills to analyze and evaluate public health issues and put that result into practice.
(St. Luke’s International University, Graduate School of Public Health Regulations, Article 5)

Policies

Diploma Policy

MPH Professional Degree Program

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:
1. The ability to scientifically analyze and evaluate various public health issues in light of the changing environment surrounding medicine, health, and welfare.
2. 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.
3. Acquisition of practical skills and techniques required of a public health professional, including those commonly used in epidemiology/biostatistics, and qualitative analysis methods.
4. The ability to display leadership in practical public health activities.

Doctoral Program

Those who study the planned curriculum to achieve the educational goals and obtain the required credits as well as pass the final exam and doctoral program thesis review are awarded a Doctor of Public Health degree if they are deemed to meet the following conditions:
・Have advanced techniques and knowledge as a practitioner in the field of public health
・Have prospects as an independent researcher who will develop future research themes
・Have the capabilities and attitude required for an educator/leading researcher
・Have the knowledge and education required for an educator/leading researcher

Curriculum Policy

MPH Professional Degree Program

1.Research courses are designed to train leading professionals who contribute to the maintenance and promotion of society’s health and well-being. Concrete goals are set according to the students’ diverse range of educational backgrounds, with systematic curriculum that combines an emphasis on practicum, group projects, and active learning with lectures, case studies, field work, and internship. And St. Luke’s International Hospital also provides a location for practical experience where students can receive hands-on training related to cutting edge clinical research such as in the field of clinical epidemiology and for assessment and improvement of medical care.
2. According to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), a US accreditation body for public health schools and programs, five core disciplines include a foundation of biostatistics, epidemiology, medical management studies, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health sciences, the systematic curriculum consists of eight fields of study: epidemiology, biostatistics and bioinformatics, medical policy and management, health and behavioral sciences, environmental health sciences, international health sciences, and interdisciplinary health sciences, including the five basic fields of biostatistics, epidemiology, health care management, social and behavioral sciences, and integrated subjects that include practical problem research. A world-class curriculum conforming to CEPH certification standards is also provided based upon completion of the stipulated 42 credit hours.
3. Standard curriculum of this program is a two-year program, but a one-year program that efficiently supplies public health knowledge and technique is also available for those who have completed a 6-year undergraduate degree for national qualifications (doctor, dentist, pharmacist and veterinarian), a master’s degree in medical health or welfare-related fields or a doctorate is another field, depending on individual achievement. For this curriculum, the practicum theme is decided upon acceptance and a student is assigned to a laboratory while completing required courses and electives in the first term, focusing on the practicum theme while completing remaining courses in the second term.
4. In order to make it easier for students to study, classes will be held mainly in the evenings on weekdays and on Saturdays. In addition, to enable students to participate in classes from off-campus, such as from work or home, interactive classes using E-learning will be conducted.

Doctoral Program

Based on the fundamental objective of the Graduate School of Public Health, which aims to cultivate advanced professionals that contribute to the maintenance and improvement of human health and happiness in society, the doctoral program aims to cultivate educators that can support such education, and those who can scientifically analyze and evaluate newly arising issues regarding public health, have the advanced research ability to assist the implementation of those results, and lead the field of public health.
Therefore the curriculum focuses on cultivating the deeper specialized knowledge, techniques, and research ability required for researchers and educators, based on the premise that the students have the knowledge and ability required for a MPH professional degree holder.

Admissions Policy

MPH Professional Degree Program

The Graduate School of Public Health aims to cultivate professionals who are grounded in foundational public health knowledge and competencies, able to clearly identify problems and develop solutions for the promotion of population health and well-being both domestically and globally. We aim to nurture professionals who can inspire, collaborate and innovate in advancing global efforts to promote health and prevent disease.
In line with the mission of the university, we welcome students of various backgrounds believing that diversity promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect and enhances the educational experience and environment. Regardless of background, recruitment will focus on selecting candidates with a vision for and commitment to public health and requisite qualities that demonstrate potential to excel in this academic pursuit, such as those listed here.
1. A strong interest in medicine, health or welfare, and a vision for how to improve health and well-being
2. The ability to think critically on diverse topics and learn new ideas, respect differing opinions and keep an open mind about novel multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving
3. Appropriate fundamental knowledge in mathematics, statistics or scientific reasoning, and the ability to critically assess reports, publications and public data to make clear judgments based on their understanding
4. Experience in problem-solving, project management or other aspects of personal or professional life requiring evaluation and development of solutions to complex problems
5. Clear objectives for their academic endeavor in the context of existing or future professional goals in public health

Doctoral Program

Those who have a master’s degree in public health or have completed a professional degree program in public health and wish to do the following in the future.
(1) Those who aim to be involved in advisory activities related to advanced research that will assist implementation in the field of public health at government organizations, medical institutes, or research institutes, private companies, etc.
(2) Those who aim to improve their practical abilities and leadership qualities in order to put public health theories into action.
More specifically we receive the following people as students:
・Doctors, dentists, or nurses with clinical experience or practical experience who aspire to an advisory role in the clinical research or clinical trial department of a medical institute such as a core clinical research hospital
・Biostatisticians who aspire to an advisory position in organizations that collect the statistical data required for formulating government policy on medicine, etc.
・Pharmacists/CRC who have practical experience in fields such as pharmaceutical administration or clinical testing or aspire to an advisory position in such fields
・Those who aspire to a management post(“D post”)in the field of international health or at an international institute, etc.
We proactively accept foreign students with a MPH (Master of Public Health) degree, in order to provide an international learning environment that will provide the global standard to solve problems inside and outside Japan in the fields of medicine, health, and welfare.

Academic Evaluation Policy and Standard(Assessment Policy)