MPH Program Overview

The St. Luke’s Graduate School of Public Health (SLGSPH) offers a comprehensive program that culminates in the granting of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Several features of our program sets it apart from other public health programs in Japan.

  • A rigorous comprehensive curriculum that offers solid education in all the core disciplines in public health based on international standards.
  • English-based curriculum (lectures, assignments, and exams) lead by a diverse faculty originating from both Japan and abroad; majority of course materials will be available in both English and Japanese.
  • A schedule of classes and e-learning platform designed to accommodate students who wish to maintain their professional activities and employment during the day.
  • An international student body comprising a diversity of professionals from various sectors of healthcare and related fields.

Completion Requirements

The MPH degree will be granted after a minimum of 42 units are earned through successful completion of required and elective courses and the Master’s Capstone Project on a defined topic of choice that demonstrates mastery of relevant public health concepts as judged by a faculty committee, and attending school for the designated number of years for each program.

Program Duration

Acknowledging the potential diversity of student backgrounds and circumstances, we offer opportunities to complete the MPH degree requirements in a one, two, or three-year program.

2-year MPH program

Standard length of the MPH program. It requires completion of at least 42 units over 2 academic years.

3-year MPH program

An extended 3 year course is available for students unable to complete 42 units in the standard 2-year period. The extended program may be for applicants who need to achieve an ideal balance between work, personal life, and study.

1-year MPH program -accelerated curriculum-

This accelerated program is available for applicants with at least a master’s degree or equivalent in any of the health, medical and welfare fields with more than 2 year's work experience (see below). It is highly recommended that students reduce their professional responsibilities to less than 32 work hours per week to concentrate on study. In addition, application for the 1-year program requires a qualification screening.

  • Governmental agency(e.g. health and welfare, occupational safety, environmental health)
  • Public health insurance
  • Private health insurance
  • Hospital and clinic (junior residency is acceptable)
  • Elderly care facility
  • Pharmaceutical industries
  • Healthcare-related industries
  • Environment-related industries
  • Other health and welfare association(NPO, NGO)
  • Environmental health or occupational safety divisions
  • Health policy related or hospital management think-tank

※Using the above as the basic criteria, final judgement of whether the two-year professional work experience requirement is fulfilled will take place during the interview.