Tropical Medicine (MTM)

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: One Year

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

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

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

Curriculum (Masters Programme)


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 Module
  • Medical Zoology
  • Planetary Health

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


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



The list of thesis title

Messages from Graduates

Augustin Kabongo

Year of graduation:2022

Hi ! This is Augustin Kabongo; I am from DR Congo. I came to Japan as MEXT student through embassy recommendation and joined TMGH in October 2021. Studying the Master of Tropical Medicine in TMGH was exciting. As other students, I got an exceptional international experience that I hope will help me in my future career. For 2021-2022 academic year, classes were interactive with students from over 15 different countries and courses were taught by experts in a well-equipped environment that facilitates learning process and advanced research with full support of the teaching staff. Now more than ever, I feel ready to face global health issues and tropical diseases. And for those who are interested in global health and tropical medicine, I strongly recommend joining TMGH.

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.