International Health Development (MPH)

Masters Programme, Department of Global Health


Three policies of the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health

TMGH selects students who possess the following qualifications ; :

  1. Having fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to acquire master’s level of research and practical ability in each course in the Global Health (knowledge level)
  2. Having an aspiration to contribute to the progress in Global Health. (mission and mental level).
  3. Having the ability and flexibility to work as a member of an international team with leadership and followership in cooperation with various fields after obtaining a master’s degree (sociality, internationality and ability level).

TMGH composes a curriculum that equips students with basic knowledge of tropical medicine, global health and related practical sciences, with specialized expertise in any of them, and with problem-solving skills in the field.

  1. In addition to letting the students learn the basics of Global Health, we will set up Introduction to Global Health Modules in order to let them understand the outline of each Module Group and module set in Advanced Modules.
  2. Teaching the basics of epidemiology and statistics, research design and  research ethics, and making students master the specialized basics related to the promotion of research in the master’s programme, we will establish Research Methods Modules with the aims of securing the students the ability to create a final master’s thesis (or research report on a specific subject).
  3. To ensure the specialty of each course, we will set up Advanced Modules that arranges seven module groups: Epidemiology/ Statistics, Environment/ Sanitation, International Community Health, Scientific Basis of Tropical Medicine, Social/ Behavioral Science, Clinical Tropical Medicine, and Health Policy/ Management that compose the global health field.
  4. In order to provide guidance from the preparation of the research plan to the implementation of the research plan and the creation of the master’s thesis (or research report on the specific subject), we will conduct a global health exercise and provide research guidance. In the Tropical Medicine Course, the students will study overseas clinical and clinical epidemiology in a global health exercise.
  5. We will set up Global Health Seminar as a three-course co-learning seminar in order for three courses of students to jointly learn specialized knowledge of important topics in the field of global health and to cultivate comprehensive thinking ability and debate ability.
  6. In the Health Innovation Course, Health Innovation Tutorial will be set up in order to carry out themed exercises in the first and second years under the guidance of the supervisor. The theme of the tutorial is selected from 5 themes: basic/applied medical science, vector ecology, epidemiology/group health, health informatics, health social science/social engineering.
  7. In the International Health Development Course, short-term field training will be provided in the first year, and long-term overseas training will be provided in the second year.
  8. In order to unify students with different backgrounds and work experiences at a high level so that they can study Research Methods Modules and Advanced Modules, bachelors from the humanities and social sciences departments will receive Basic Human Biology as one of Introduction to Global Health Modules. In addition, we will guarantee the quality of education and the level of academic achievement by providing many supplementary lectures such as international communication, IT equipment, and basic statistics.

We aim to nurture professionals with a global perspective who can contribute to the health and happiness of people around the world. The following four aspects summarize the key capabilities of students once they fulfill the requirements of a master’s degree at TMGH.

  1. Expertise
    Students develop skills and expertise in tropical medicine, global health, and health innovation and have the capacity to use these skills.
  2. Communication and Teamwork
    Students have a broad and fundamental knowledge of global health allowing them to communicate with various professionals in English in order to solve global health challenges.
  3. Professionalism
    Students will have knowledge, skills, professionalism, and fortitude. They will be highly advanced professionals who can contribute to the advancement of global health.
  4. Leadership and Followership
    Students possess the aforementioned capabilities as well as demonstrate leadership and followership qualities to fulfill their responsibility as members of an international and integrated global health team.


Duration: Two Years
Academic degree conferred : Master of Public Health
・Short-term field training trip abroad
・Long-term overseas practicum (internship + research) (5-8 months)

Completion Requirements:
– 28 credits from compulsory modules (28 modules)
– 2 credits from elective modules (2 modules)
– successful completion of a Master’s Thesis (project report)
– final examination

Application requirements:
– Bachelor’s degree from a recognized education institution (university, nursing school, etc.)
– work experience (in Japan or abroad)
– community service experience (volunteer)
– experience working with organizations such as JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers),NGOs, government agencies, or in the private sector (in Japan or abroad).
*Students who do not satisfy these requirements may still be admitted based on their academic qualifications and work experience.

Please refer to the following for the criteria required for completion and the content of the module.

Curriculum (Masters Programme)


International Community Health Module

・Reproductive Health / Gender I
・Reproductive Health / Gender II
・Child Health I, Child Health II, Community Health I and Nutrition
・Community Health II, Emergency Relief I and Emergency Relief II

This module is designed for students to acquire the necessary knowledge needed to understand global health issues from a community health perspective.

Social and Behavioral Science Module

・Health Promotion I
・Health Promotion II
・Medical Anthropology I and Medical Anthropology II
・Social Research (quantitative), Social Research (qualitative) and Demography
・Social Science for Research in Global Health

This module is designed to provide students with a social point of view on health issues.

Health Policies and Management Module

・Health Economics, Health System/Policy I, Project/Program Management I
・Foreign Aid Theory I, Financial Administration of Health, Development & Economics, Health System/Policy II and Foreign Aid Theory II
・Project /Program Management II (case study) and Social Entrepreneur

This module is designed so that students can acquire the knowledge needed in order to offer solutions to various global health issues.


The field trip of about two weeks will be conducted in the spring session of the first year. Students will be able to learn about the health system. They will visit various government and non-government organizations and health/research project sites to observe the conditions of the healthcare service delivery being implemented by such organizations. The field trip will give students the opportunity to recognize and connect knowledge gained on campus with the real-life situations encountered. Along with these insights, new skills and experiences, their new found empirical knowledge is expected to contribute to enabling them to apply themselves to subsequent research proposal development, internship applications, as well as benefiting their future careers in global health.

Short-Term Field Training


The eight-month long-term practicum programme during the second year is the most important portion of this course in achieving the educational goal of this School. Students utilize the knowledge they learned in the first year to acquire practical capabilities at international organizations in which students apply for an internship, JICA projects, international NGOs and Nagasaki University’s overseas research stations.
Of the eight months of long-term practicum, the first five months will be spent on practical training at the dispatched location while the last three months will be spent on research activities at either the dispatched project region or a region of the student’s choice.

Long-term Practicum


Prevalence and Lifestyle Factors for Adolescents’ Overweight and Obesity in Honiara City, Solomon Islands Prof. Yasuhiko Kamiya
Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Contraception among Young Pregnant Women in Khammouane Province, Lao PDR Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
Socio-cultural determinants of high maternal mortality ratio and neonatal mortality rate in Ghana: A population-based study using data from Ghana’s Demographic and Maternal Health Surveys Assoc.Prof. Mitsuaki Matsui
Assessment of factors associated with HIV testing uptake among males and females of reproductive age group in Nepal ∼Evidence from Nepal demographic and health survey (2016)∼ Assoc.Prof. Mitsuaki Matsui
The rate of HIV positive status disclosure and factors influencing it in the Ketu South Municipality of Ghana Prof. Yasuhiko Kamiya
Basic knowledge on non-communicable diseases, specifically on cardiovascular disease, among nursing students in University of Health Sciences, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Assoc.Prof. Mitsuaki Matsui
Factors affecting the choice of delivery place among women living in remote area, Lao PDR Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
Alcohol consumption and cigarettes smoking behaviours of school adolescents in Vientiane Province, Lao PDR Prof. Junko Okumura
Understanding and Improving the Operation of the Health Information System at the Community Level in LMICs: a Qualitative Study in Kampong Speu, Cambodia Marco Liverani
Leptospirosis as The Cause of Fever Associated with Jaundice in the Democratic Republic of The Congo Prof. Christopher Smith
Evaluation of Meningitis Surveillance System in Northern Ghana; a Mixed Methods Study of the Bongo District Prof. Christopher Smith
Depression and its associated factors in persons with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Myanmar Prof. Yasuhiko Kamiya
Evaluation of Tuberculosis Contact Investigation at Port Moresby General Hospital in Papua New Guinea Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
Factors affecting physical activity in people with physical disabilities: a qualitative evidence synthesis study Assist Prof. Miho Sato
Menstrual health among adolescent girls in Vientiane capital, Lao PDR Prof. Yasuhiko Kamiya
Association between Teenage Pregnancy and Family Factors in the Philippines: Secondary Analysis of Philippines National Demographic and Health Survey 2017 Assist Prof. Xerxes Seposo Tesoro
Assessing how the blended payment mechanism can change the access to health services for the beneficiaries enrolled in PSI Strategic Purchasing Pilot Project and identifying influencing factors Assoc.Prof. Mitsuaki Matsui
Perception of Teenage Pregnancy and Family Planning Among Adolescents in Zambia Assoc.Prof. Ken Masuda
Health seeking behavior of Bede people in Bangladesh with special reference to snake bites Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
The population Ageing and the living situation of the older persons in Kwale County, Kenya Assist Prof. Miho Sato
Private health sector engagement and control towards universal health coverage (UHC): Policy implications from Japan Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
Difference in antenatal care visit between two rural villages, Dili District, Timor-Leste Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
Nutritional status and wound healing process in Buruli ulcer patients in rural villages of Cote d’Ivoire: A descriptive study Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on national malaria control programs in 11 low- and middle-income countries: A quasi-systematic review Prof. Hirotsugu Aiga
Anti-diabetic and Anti-helminthic drug use in three hospitals in Lao PDR Prof. Kazuhiko Moji

The list of dissertation title


For Japanese applicants, questions from past entrance examinations for the MPH course can be released upon request. Please note that these documents are all in Japanese and not needed by international applicants as the entrance examination for international applicants consist only of an online interview. Please check the link below for details.

MPH Past Entrance Examination Questions

Messages from Graduates

Takuya Shizume

Year of graduation:2017

graduates1 Hello, my name is Takuya Shizume (right). I am a 1st batch, Master of Public Health candidate, Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University.
I entered this Master of Public Health course to study disease prevention after working in the Solomon Islands as a Physiotherapist and a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer for 2 years. After the completion of this master degree, I am going to work in WHO/WPRO as a short-term consultant, and then in JICA as a full-time employee.
The most interesting part of this course is 5-month internship and 3-month research overseas (i.e. long term overseas practicum). In my case, I conducted 2-month internship in Asia Pacific Development center on Disability and 3-month internship in WHO Lao PDR country office. Regarding on my research, I conducted field survey on Schistosomiasis in southern Lao PDR in cooperation with Ministry of Health, Lao PDR.
I practically applied the acquired knowledge on statistics, epidemiology and data management etc to my field work during the internship and research. By doing so, I could have great field experiences and improve my skills in the field.
This study also enabled me to have good relationship with those who work in JICA, UN, Consultant company and NGOs. It also helped me to think about my future career.
In this 2-year course, you can spend precious time with precious friends and professors who have different expertise.

Messages from Graduates (MPH)


  • Registration Model 1

    University graduate with a degree in economics and with experience working at a private company or Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.

  • Registration Model 2

    University graduate with the experience of working in developing countries as a nurse.