Frequently Asked Questions

St Luke ’s Graduate School of Public Health FAQ

  • What are the main differences among the one-, two-, and three-year MPH courses?

    Each course has a different length of the program as a completion requirement. Required units for completion are same in all of three courses.

    The standard 2-year course (42 units) was is designed to allow students the most optimal balance between time for classes, homework assignments, reading, and capstone project (a final research project which is assigned instead of a degree thesis) work during completing 42 units of graduation requirements.

    The accelerated 1-year course is that students will complete at least 42 units of course work within 12 months. Eligibility is at least two years of full-time work experience and at least a master's degree or equivalent in any of the medical, health or welfare field. It is highly recommended that students reduce their professional responsibilities to less than 32 work hours per week to concentrate on study.

    The 3-year course may be suitable for students who need to achieve an ideal balance between work, personal life, and study. This course may also be appropriate for those living far away from Tokyo. Required units (42 units) can be spread out over 6 terms (3 years) with students taking fewer classes per semester.
  • Would it still be possible to continue complete the degree if I am not physically in the Tokyo area?

    While it may be more convenient to live in or near Tokyo, students can choose e-learning options for required courses excluding “Introduction to Public Health” and “MPH Seminar” and some of the elective courses. Students will be able to complete the program in two years taking those e-learning courses at maximum and dedicating Saturdays or weekday evenings once or twice a week in each semester.
    As discussions with our faculty are an important part of interactive education, we strongly recommend potential students to realistically look at their schedules to make sure they have enough time to dedicate to the MPH degree. Those living not in the Tokyo may want to consider taking the 3-year course option, which can be done on a more relaxed basis.
  • How many elective classes would I be able to take?

    Students will need to take at least 5 elective courses to meet the 42-unit graduate requirement. There is no limit to how many electives students may take during the program, but for the 2-/3-year course students, an upper limit of taking classes per semester is 24 units. While students should obviously take the electives that most closely align with their chosen subdiscipline, we encourage students to explore other subdisciplines as well. Students are responsible for budgeting their own time, though, to make sure they can perform well in all of the classes they have selected.
  • What are expected career paths?

    Training in public health can open up several options for new and exciting careers in the field of health care and related health-oriented fields. Physicians and health care providers will find that training in hospital quality and safety can enhance their role as physician leaders within their healthcare organization. The pharmaceutical and biomedical device industry has been very interested in hiring individuals with training in quantitative methods and research design. As MPH may be useful for those looking towards a future in government-level organizations such as health ministries and the WHO. Healthcare consulting is another area in which MPH training is valued. We encourage you to talk with our faculty in order to more fully explore your career options after training in Public Health.
  • Who are studying at the Graduate School of Public Health?

    Every year, about 90% of the students attend the school while working.
    Doctors, pharmaceutical company employees, nurses and public health nurses account for 60% of the total number of students, but pharmacists, dentists , medical device manufacturers, journalists and research center employees are also enrolled in the program.
    Students of all ages are learning and studying together, being many in 30s, but wide range from the 20s to the 60s.
  • Is there any cooperation with St Luke's Graduate School of Nursing Sciences?

    Several faculty members are involved in research and education in both the Graduate School of Nursing Sciences and the Graduate School of Public Health.
    MPH students can take up to 10 units of courses offered by the master's program in the Graduate School of Nursing Sciences.
  • I have concerns about being able to keep up in classes due to my English language abilities.

    We provide English language support for students. Each academic division has both international and Japanese faculty members, and students can always request language support by Japanese faculty. We also prepare class materials in English and Japanese for many of the courses.