Health Innovation (MSc)

Masters Programme,Department of Global Health


Three policies of the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health

TMGH selects students who will contribute to solving challenges in global health and possess the following qualifications ; :

  1. A willingness to contribute to world peace and the promotion of health.
  2. Dignity and intelligence (such as the ability to communicate in English, multicultural adaptation, cooperativeness and leadership).
  3. An ability to think independently and regularly study.
  4. A good command of a foreign language with communication skills.
  5. Having acquired fundamental knowledge of global health equivalent to undergraduate level studies.
  6. A strong interest in global health, international cooperation and a willingness to work in these areas.

TMGH’s curriculum encompasses basic knowledge in science and its practical application in the fields of tropical medicine and global health. Students will have a specialization in which they will acquire problem solving skills. Specifically our curriculum will be as follows:

  1. Build a foundation on global health related subjects.
  2. Help students acquire the basic skills and knowledge needed to conduct research and produce their master’s thesis.
  3. Contain seven modules (basic tropical medicine, clinical tropical medicine, epidemiology・ biostatistics, global environment・hygiene, international community health, socialbehavioral science, and health policy・management) that constitute global health subjects.
  4. Assist students with proposal development, and implementation of their research, up to the writing of their master’s thesis.
  5. Provide appropriate academic support to students through tutorials and supplementary lectures.

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 Science in Global Health and Medicine
・Short field-trip abroad (optional)

Completion Requirements:
– 24 credits from compulsory modules (24 modules)
– 6 credits from elective modules (6 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)

*Students who do not satisfy these requirements may still be admitted based on their academic qualifications and work experience.

For a complete list of all modules students need to take, please take a look at our Curriculum page.

Curriculum (Masters Programme)


Students will select 1 out of the 5 topics below and develop the ability as a researcher to apply basic and applied science to global health issues:

Basic and Applied Medical Sciences

Vector Ecology

Epidemiology/Group Health Science

Health/Disease Information Science

Medical Social Technology


After choosing a topic from the first column, select the “Applied Subjects” in accordance to one’s background and future career path with guidance and advice from a mentor or a person of authority on the subject.

Basic Tropical Medicine Module

・ Pathogenic Microbiology Ⅰ ・ Pathogenic Microbiology Ⅱ
・ Pathogenic Microbiology Ⅲ ・ Immunology
・ Biotechnology ・ Pathology

To understand the basic medical aspects of infectious diseases in the field of tropical medicine.

Clinical Tropical Medicine Module

・ Clinical Tropical Medicine (by organ)
・ Clinical Tropical Medicine (by region)

To learn the various treatments and skills of diagnosing tropical diseases from a clinical point of view, focusing on tropical infectious diseases.

Epidemiology and Statistics Module

・ Epidemiology Ⅱ
・ Statistics Ⅱ

To develop the ability of teaching or researching in global health using more sophisticated, multivariate analysis techniques in epidemiology and statistics.

Global Environment and Hygiene Module

・ Zoological hygiene

To develop the ability of teaching or researching in global health using more sophisticated environment and hygiene knowledge.

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.


Analysis of the determinants of the use of modern contraceptive methods among adolescent girls and young adult women in Benin Assoc.Prof. Mitsuaki Matsui
Quality of antenatal care and its impact on birth outcome in Nepal Prof. Juntra Karbwang Laothavorn
Quality of childbirth care in selected tertiary referral hospitals in Burundi Assoc.Prof. Mitsuaki Matsui
Economic burden of the persistent morbidity of Nodding Syndrome (Onchocerciasis-Associated Epilepsy) on affected households in Northern Uganda Prof. Kazujiko Moji
A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of bed net coverage during the last ten years. Prof. Kazujiko Moji
A narrative review of the integration of National TB policies with social protection and nutrition policies and their role in TB control in selected Low-Middle-income countries Prof. Sharon Cox
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices regarding Gestational Diabetes Mellitus among Pregnant Women at a District Hospital in Coastal Kenya Prof. Satoshi Kaneko
Determination of the extent of Zika virus epidemic and impact on populations in Vietnam Prof. Kouichi Morita
The dynamics of serotype and genotype distribution in relation to antimicrobial susceptibility of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates children with acute respiratory infections hospitalized at the Khanh Hoa General Hospital in Nha Trang, Central Vietnam Prof. Koya Ariyoshi

The list of dissertation title

Messages from Graduates

Miho Inokuchi

Year of graduation:2017

graduates1(far left)

As an experienced humanitarian worker, the global health remains one of my major concerns to improve life of people facing disaster and conflict in the world. The TMGH program of Nagasaki University provides an opportunity to learn basic skills covering wide topics in the area of communicable and non-communicable diseases which is beyond the limits of geographical and/or economic boundaries.
During the two years’ course, I was provided with a great opportunity through impressive lectures and laboratory practices to learn different aspect of Tropical Medicine and Global Health. This helped to develop a bridge between research and field work to improve the impact of intervention in vulnerable populations. Apart from this, I acquired knowledge in multicultural awareness which helps to take different approaches to problem solving and also creates valuable new skills and behaviors required in the field.
I believe, I am fully armed with the required skills and certainly use them in my humanitarian field. Also, this will be a significant asset not only for my career but for my organization and for the vulnerable population receiving our interventions globally.

Messages from Graduates (MSc)


  • Registration Model 1

    University graduate with a degree in agriculture who aims to be a researcher at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

  • Registration Model 2

    University graduate with a degree in environmental studies who aims to be a researcher in a chemical company.

  • Registration Model 3

    University graduate with a degree in health sciences who aims to be a researcher at the National Institute for Environmental studies.

  • Registration Model 4

    University graduate with a degree in technology who aims to start a social business.

  • Registration Model 5

    University graduate with a degree in economics who aims to be a researcher at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.