Division of Global Health Sciences

Global Health is a dynamic and complex field that aims to improve health and achieve equity in health for all people worldwide. In this dramatically changing world with emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases, climate change, environmental destruction, wars and conflicts, Global Health needs to be promoted with multi-disciplinary approach. At the same time, concerted efforts need to be made by different players, including the United Nations, international aid agencies, governments, NGOs, academia, private sector, and local communities. Our division nurtures professionals who take on leadership roles, harnessing a range of expertise and experience from diverse stakeholders to promote Global Health at the community, country, regional and global levels.

Courses Offered by Division Faculty

Global Health

To obtain a basic understanding of the health situations and improvement goals (MDGs, etc.) in developing as well as developed countries around the world; international cooperation mechanisms (bi- and multilateral cooperation systems between countries); the implementing agencies (JICA, WHO, NGOs, etc.); and their respective issues and solutions.

Global Infectious Diseases

To study the situation and issues involved in infectious diseases that threaten the health of people in the 21st century including: the so-called three major infectious diseases of AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria; acute infectious agents of pandemic disease, such as influenza; and neglected tropical diseases such as filariasis. Surveillance, field epidemiology, and other methods are explored, as well as the role of the public health specialist in bioterrorism security and outbreak measures.

Maternal and Child Health

This course will introduce concepts in maternal and child health and describe the situation in Japan and internationally. Through lectures and discussion, the course will attempt to cultivate a spirit of inquiry into maternal and child health issues and cover aspects related to public health research in this area.