The Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH) course at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) was designed to advance your knowledge and skills in the core public health disciplines while preparing you to generate/translate/disseminate public-health-related knowledge in real-world contexts.

Program Components

1st year:
In-class course work at our Tokyo campus

2nd year:
Original public health research about the country of your choice (Tokyo campus/online)
Completion of a master's thesis (Tokyo campus/online)
[Optional] Internship at an international organization

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Teaching Methods

Both core and elective courses will be conducted using lecture-based and active, case-based learning approaches (known as case methods). Throughout the course, students will have ample opportunity to apply theories learned in lecture-based classes to realistic situations using case-based discussion. These case-based active discussions allow students to obtain more practical and cross cutting competencies such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and professional leadership. Students can also gain an overview of topics and up-to-date knowledge though lectures from invited first-class lecturers, and improve techniques such as statistical analysis though tailored exercises.

Academic Advisor

Each student will be assigned a TMDU-MPH course faculty member to be your academic advisor. The role of academic adviser is to provide you with academic guidance, information, and supervise your research project that you will conduct in the second year. You and your adviser must communicate frequently to discuss your plan and progress. You can express whom you would like to be your academic advisor at the time of application.

Core Courses

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biostatistics Ⅰ
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology Ⅰ
  • Global Health
  • Health System and Management
  • Planetary Health
  • Public Health Practice Ⅰ
  • Public Health Practice Ⅱ

Elective Courses

  • Biostatistics Ⅱ
  • Epidemiology Ⅱ
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Public Health Biology

MPH Course Curriculum

MPH Course Curriculum Map
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

MPH Course Syllabi

Please note that the syllabi on this page are tentative, and students are responsible for checking the latest one on the WebClass.

* Elective course

UPDATED on 2024/04/01Behavioral Sciences
This course has been designed to provide students with a conceptual grounding in theoretical approaches to health behavior change. The emphasis is on psychosocial theories and social determinants of health.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Biostatistics Ⅰ
Biostatistics is the application of statistical methods to data in biological, biomedical and health sciences. This course introduces the basic techniques important for analyzing data from epidemiologic, biomedical and other public health related research. Statistical reasoning will be emphasized through problem solving and practical applications.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Biostatistics Ⅱ*
This course covers advanced statistical procedures used in current empirical research including but not limited to multilevel models, propensity score analysis, instrumental variables, multiple imputation, and survival analysis.
Prerequisite: Biostatistics Ⅰ or the equivalent
Canceled in AY2024Environmental Health
This course examines health issues, scientific understanding of their causes, and possible future approaches toward control of the major environmental health problems. Topics include toxicology, exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, risk assessment/management, air pollution, water pollution, and environmental justice.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Epidemiology Ⅰ
Epidemiology is the study of the causes and distribution of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this knowledge to control those health problems. This course introduces the principles and methods used in epidemiologic research with a focus on conceptual and practical issues in the design, conduct, and analysis of epidemiologic studies for description and causal inference.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Epidemiology Ⅱ*
This course applies epidemiological methodologies to explore the health effects of major social variables, including social class, race, gender, poverty, income distribution, social networks/support, community cohesion, work and neighborhood environment. We will explore the health consequences of social and economic policies, and the potential role of specific social interventions.
Prerequisite: Epidemiology Ⅰ or the equivalent
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Global Health
This course provides an overview of important health challenges facing the world today and discusses how these have changed over time, examines determinants of such changes, and future projections. We will review evidence, theory, and methods related to global health and approaches used to design, implement and evaluate policies to address global health problems.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Health Systems and Management
This course provides an overview of health systems and approaches to improving their efficiency, equity, and performance; focusing on frameworks, tools, skills, and strategies to understand, influence, and evaluate health systems, including technical and political aspects of a policy cycle.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Healthcare Business
This course introduces the practical approach on healthcare business and provides the opportunity to learn how to start healthcare business, fucusing on design and information and communication technology.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Maternal and Child Health
This course focuses on health problems and diseases affecting both pregnant women and children, and presents programs appropriate for the populations of prenatal, early and late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. The impact of various common health problems at different stages of the life cycle and their functional outcomes in terms of morbidity, mortality, psychological wellbeing, reproduction and growth will be highlighted.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Planetary Health
This course explores the global human health impacts of natural system transformation, including climate systems, oceans, land cover, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, coastal and fresh water systems. We will discuss ecological determinants of human health, health consequences of certain types of environmental change, and how humanity manages the Earth's natural systems.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Public Health Biology*
This course offers molecular and biological perspectives on public health problems. We will explore the underlying principles of population and medical genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and immunology and their effect on public health issues.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Public Health Practice Ⅰ
This course offers molecular and biological perspectives on public health problems. We will explore the underlying principles of population and medical genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and immunology and their effect on public health issues.
UPDATED on 2024/04/01Public Health Practice Ⅱ
All students are required to complete a research practicum either in Japan or an international public health setting. This will include research design, data collection and analysis, and writing a master thesis. Arrangement must be made with individual faculty members.