Tropical Medicine (MTM)

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: 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

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

Curriculum (Masters Programme)


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.


Professional Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H)
As of 2019, a students will have the option to obtain a Nagasaki University Professional Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) if they complete compulsory and additional modules during spring quarter, as well as a field trip to the Philippines (a separate field trip fee applies) .

There are opportunities for students to conduct research projects in the Philippines, Vietnam, Nepal and other locations where tropical diseases are common. San Lazaro Hospital in the Philippines contains state-of-the art training and research facilities where research can be carried out. Students’ may write their thesis using information they collect through this hands-on experience


Radiological characteristics among adult patients hospitalized to a tuberculosis ward without the evidence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in the Philippines Prof. Koya Ariyoshi
Biochemical study of Trypanosoma cruzi Coq7, an essential enzyme from ubiquinone biosynthesis pathway and potential drug target Prof. Kiyoshi Kita
Epidemiology of Histidine Rich Protein-2-deleted Plasmodium falciparum infection among symptomatic patients in Kwilu Province (DR Congo) Prof. Christopher Smith
Sputum Microbial Profile and Clinical Features of Patients With GeneXpert and AFB Negative in San Lazaro Hospital Manila-Philippines Prof. Sharon Cox
Community and Hospitalized Dengue Disease Burden in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Central Vietnam Prof.Laymint Yoshida
The pattern, frequency and survival influence of ECG abnormalities among diptheria patients in San Lazaro Hospital, the Philippines Prof. Koya Ariyoshi
Frequency and clinical characteristics of lgA nephropathy at the time of renal biopsy in low-and-middle-income countries: a systematic review Prof. Koya Ariyoshi

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)


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