With globalization accelerating in the 21st century, there are growing concerns for the sustainable development of human society due to climate change and the aggravation of living environments caused by population growth and economic development. Under these circumstances, the notion of “global health” has emerged as an integrated issues area encompassing topics such as communicable and non-communicable diseases occurring regardless of geographical and/or economic boundaries.
Nagasaki University established the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health in order to meet the pressing need to cultivate human resources who will solve global health challenges employing innovative, comprehensive and transdisciplinary approaches.
The School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health is comprised of three courses; the Tropical Medicine course for physicians with a keen interest in conducting research; the International Health Development course for those who intend to work as global health practitioners; and the Health Innovation course for applicants who foresee pursuing a doctorate degree. English will be the language used for all these courses.
At the Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, we offer a unique curriculum including clinical exposure and research in a low-income setting (for the Tropical Medicine course), a long term internship program at an international organization/NGO and research in a developing country (for the International Health Development course), and a flexible program depending on students’ background (for the Health Innovation course).
Along with the globalization of the economy, industry, and mass migrations in the 21st century, problems relating to the natural and social environment have also become globalized. Infectious diseases, mental health issues and lifestyle related illnesses are particularly affected by changes in our environment, requiring new ways to counter them, methods that transcend countries and regions, known as “global health”.
Tropical Medicine and Global Health research aims to go beyond the existing academic boundaries, using a new comprehensive approach to solve world health problems and train new professionals in “Global Health” who can be called upon internationally for this purpose.
In order to train research-oriented clinicians through the “Tropical Medicine Course”, expert practitioners who are active in the field of global health through the “International Health Development Course”, as well as researchers through the “Health Innovation Course” for educational and research institutions, companies, etc., our graduate school offers these three courses, all classes of which will be conducted in English.
Nagasaki University has inherited “the rooted culture of Nagasaki, encouraging the fostering of rich minds and using science that supports world peace to contribute to the harmonious development of society”. We adhere to this philosophy and encourage our students to strive to achieve “strength in the field, strength during crisis, and readiness to jump into action”, aiming to lead the intellectual foundations of society in the 21st century.
In addition, Nagasaki University’s Medical School and Institute of Tropical Medicine have a long tradition of being internationally active along with our Faculty of Education, Economics, and Engineering, School of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Environmental Sciences, and Fisheries. In 2008 the Graduate School of International Health and Development was created and from 2014 we established the School of Global Humanities aimed at training a truly international group of human personnel. Alongside our international projects, we also promote education and research activities that focus on local communities and cooperation with governments. Under the university president’s leadership, our mission “as a local university should be to encourage students to have a bird’s eye view of the world from a regional perspective, and to consider each region’s viewpoint from a global perspective. From global issues to local ones, we must create a workforce of experts capable of facing this ‘glocality'”.
Unfortunately, compared to the ambition and mission of our university, the training of professionals in the global health area along with its integration in Japan’s education system has been slow. The establishment of a pool of personnel with the ability to understand the overview of global health has, therefore, been recognized as an important mission for Nagasaki University. With our existing Master of Tropical Medicine course of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Master of Public Health course of the Graduate School of International Health Development’s continued evolution and integration, the choice was made to establish the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health in Nagasaki.