Tropical Medicine (MTM)

Masters Programme,Department of Global Health

TROPICAL MEDICINE COURSE (MTM)

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.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Duration: One Year

Academic degree conferred: Master Tropical Medicine
・Overseas Clinical Training and Research (Philippines, Vietnam)
・Overseas Clinical Case Discussion (Remote)

Completion Requirements:
– 30 credits from compulsory modules (30 modules)
– successful completion of a Master’s Thesis (project report)
– final examination

Application requirements:
– doctor’s license (a doctor’s license from a foreign country also accepted)
– 2 or more years of clinical or corresponding experience

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

Curriculum (Masters Programme)

MAJOR APPLIED MODULE GROUPS

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.

OVERSEAS TRAINING AND RESEARCH

Students will travel overseas to the San Lazaro Hospital in the Philippines where many patients of tropical diseases are admitted. The hospital contains state-of-the-art training and research facilities where research can be carried out.

Students will improve their expertise and diagnostic skills through in-person experience of observing cases of tropical diseases. They may write their master’s thesis using the information they collect through this hands-on experience.

THESIS

2017
Title
Supervisor
Molecular characteristics of HCV infection in dialysis patients in the north and south of Vietnam, 2010 Prof. Koya Ariyoshi
Preliminar trial for Detection of Schistosoma mansoni DNA in the urine Prof. Shinjiro Hamano
Does diabetes and nutritional status affect cell-mediated immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis? A retrospective analysis of QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test data from Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center, Japan Prof. Sharon Cox
Study of Clinical Status and CD4 counts of HIV Patients who initiated ARV treatment in Motebang Hospital of Leribe District, Lesotho Prof.Laymint Yoshida

The list of thesis title

Messages from Graduates

Charisse Ann Ramos Suliguin

Year of graduation:2017

graduates1What attracted me to TMGH then, after scouring the internet for graduate schools of medicine within Japan, were the MTM course’s flexible timetable, its use of English as the medium of instruction, its roster of high caliber faculty, its close collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and other prominent organizations, and my general perception of the school as a nurturing community.

My one year stay in TMGH as an MTM graduate student did not disappoint. I expected the coursework to be challenging and intensive, and it was. In retrospect, I think I enjoyed spring quarter the most, albeit having a hectic schedule. Sessions in tropical medicine, epidemiology and statistics equipped me with the right knowledge and skills to successfully carry out my master’s thesis with the guidance of my supportive research supervisors. Overall, there was a palpable intention to contribute solutions to global health issues within the school atmosphere that could easily rub off on students. Taking this course changed my perspective towards research, inspired me to aim for higher studies, and rekindled my childhood dream of making a difference.

Messages from Graduates (MTM)

REGISTRATION MODEL (Example)

· Person who has 2 years clinical experience as a doctor.
· Person who aims to work as a research-oriented clinician at a university hospital.

 
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