Health Innovation (MSc)

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

Completion Requirements:
– 21 credits from compulsory modules
– 9 credits from elective 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.

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

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
  • Medical Microbiology I
  • Medical Microbiology II
  • Medical Microbiology III
  • Immunology
  • Biotechnology

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

Clinical Tropical Medicine Module
  • Clinical Tropical Medicine (Syndrome)
  • Clinical Tropical Medicine (Regional)

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.

Environment/ Sanitation Module
  • Medical Zoology
  • Planetary Health

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

International Community Health Module
  • Reproductive Health and Gender I
  • Child Health
  • Community Health
  • Reproductive Health and Gender II
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Health Humanitarian Assistance
  • Implementation Science

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
  • Medical Anthropology I
  • Quantitative Social Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Health Promotion II
  • Medical Anthropology II
  • Demography
  • Mixed Methods for Health Research and Evaluation

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

Health Policies and Management Module
  • Health Economics I
  • Health System and Policy I
  • Project and Programme Management I
  • Development Assistance
  • Health Finance
  • Health System and Policy II
  • Global Health Governance
  • Project and Programme Management II
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Health Economics II

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




Title Supervisor
A hot summer delays the population peak of Aedes albopictus in Tokyo Prof. Noboru Minakawa
Assessment of the opportunities and barriers to the use of telemedicine for follow-up consultations for people living with HIV in Nigeria Prof. Christopher Smith
Investigating The Effectiveness of Rotavirus Vaccination in Stunting Prevention Among Children 6-23 Months: A Case-Control Study in Kwale County Prof. Satoshi Kaneko
Insights into Anti-Trypanosomal Mechanisms of Coptisine derived from Kampo Medicine Prof. Kenji Hirayama
Development of transgenic Leishmania major parasites, expressing red-shifted luciferase/mNeonGreen Prof. Shinjiro Hamano
Investigation on challenges to ensure quality of Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) data on District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2) among pregnant women in Vientiane capital, Lao PDR Prof. Kenji Hirayama
A systematic review and meta-analysis: impact of COVID-19 pandemic on violence against children Prof. Kenji Hirayama
Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Mothers toward Chagas disease in La Guardia, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia: A Cross-sectional Study Prof. Kenji Hirayama

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.