Assistant Professor Miho Sato

Assistant Professor Miho Sato



  • MA, MPH, PhD

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  • I earned an MA in anthropology in 1998 with a focus on development anthropology (a discipline within anthropology to apply anthropological perspectives in international development). After earning my MA, I joined Japan’s Network for Women and Health, a Japanese NGO. I was actively engaged in advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Then, as an MSH-HANDS Iwamura Fellow, I worked for the Advance Africa project, a USAID funded FP/HIV integration project in sub-Saharan Africa based in the US. After the Iwamura fellowship, I spent the next four years in Afghanistan, where I worked with Afghan and international colleagues to rebuild Afghanistan’s healthcare system. In 2010, I obtained an MPH from the University of Washington, and in 2011, I joined the faculty of Nagasaki University. From 2012 to 2014, I was involved in a JICA Project for Capacity Development in Regional Health Management Phase 2 in Tanzania, and currently I am undertaking research activities in Ethiopia and Tanzania.


  • I will be coordinating a short-term field trip program during the spring quarter. Previous MPH students visited Bangladesh, where various achievements were made in the health sector, including the reduction of total fertility rate from 6.3 births per women in 1971 to 2.2 in 2013. Seeing model practices will provide students with the opportunity to connect with what they learned in previous semesters as well as a basis to make comparisons with future studies in the field.
  • In addition to the field trip, I will be teaching the gender part of the Reproductive Health and Gender class, in which students will be trained to rethink their research project from a “gender lens”.


  • I have been undertaking two research projects which are funded by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research of the JAPANESE Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
  • In Ethiopia, I am part of a team of social scientists led by Professor Yukio Miyawaki, of Osaka Prefecture University, to study the role of NGOs in civil society in Ethiopia. In particular, I have been conducting a qualitative study of one local association/NGO which introduces people who seek a holy water cure to biomedical care. To date, this has been regarded as taboo by the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian religion.
  • In Tanzania, I plan to launch an intervention study which will enable community representatives to take part in the district’s annual health planning process. Involvement of the people of the community has been neglected in the district health planning processes, and I would like to see whether this intervention will make a difference in the number of community-led public health activities, improve the services provided at health facilities, and motivate health workers.

The country/countries where you work currently

  • Ethiopia
  • Tanzania

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

2017 Sato M, Maufi D, Mwingira UJ, Leshabari MT, Ohnishi M, Honda S. Measuring three aspects of motivation among health workers at primary level health facilities in rural Tanzania. PloS one. May 5;12(5):e0176973.
2016 Sato, M, B.W. Giorgis, G. O’Malley. Barriers to and Factors Facilitating Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy from the Perspectives of Patients in Mäqälä City, Tigray Region, Ethiopia. Nilo-Ethiopian Studies, 21: 15-28.
2014 Sato, Y, Pongvongsa, T, Nonaka, D, Kounnavong, S, Nansounthavong, P, Moji, K, Phongmany, P, Kamiya, Y, Sato M, Kobayashi,J. Village health volunteers’ social capital related to their performance in Lao People’s Democratic Republic: a cross-sectional study. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1):123.


I would urge students to set your own personal goals that you aim to achieve in two years in addition to obtaining the degree. Having career goals as well as picturing yourselves in 10 to 15 years will certainly be helpful. Two years pass by quickly. I hope each of you will make the most of the resources of Nagasaki University to achieve your own goals.