Program of Public Health(Master’s Course)

In the rapid globalization and changes of disease structures associated with the social acceleration of super-low birthdate and super-aging, there is growing demand for health professionals who are skilled in public health including 5 disciplines; epidemiology, biostatics, social and behavioral sciences, health service administration, and environmental health science, along with expertise in the fields of medical treatment, health care, welfare, medical administration and clinical research. 
In response to technological advances and changes in socio-economic structures associated with globalization, it is also increasingly important to cultivate medical professionals who can conduct in various medical settings, therapy, clinical research, health care policies, health guidance, medical treatment and international health care in an appropriate and effective manner, after understanding the concept of regulatory science that ensures the highest standards for individuals and society by evidence-based accurate prediction, evaluation and decision.
Following the social and academic needs, Hiroshima University established Program of Public Health (Master’s course) : MPH Program ; Master’s Course Program of Public Health, that meets international standards, providing systematic education for 5 educational fields: 1) Epidemiology, 2) Biostatistics, 3) Social and Behavioral Sciences, 4) Health Service Administration, and 5) Environmental Health Sciences. The program aims to foster health care professionals, implementing evidence-based medicine (EBM) with an inquiring mind for research, and public health administrators engaged in policy planning. 
Under the policies of human resources development, the program also admits international students who will take leadership roles in public health in their home countries after completion of the curriculum.

Personnel Development

In the rapid globalization and changes of disease structures associated with the social acceleration of super-low birthdate and super-aging, there is growing demand for health professionals who are skilled in public health including 5 disciplines; epidemiology, biostatics, social and behavioral sciences, health service administration, and environmental health science, along with expertise in the fields of medical treatment, health care, welfare, medical administration and clinical research.
Program of Public Health (Master’s course) offers a systematic degree program for the 5 disciplines satisfying international standards, which aims to foster the personnel who can evaluate / implement evidence-based medicine, take major roles in policy evaluation / planning as public health administrators, and contribute to international health.

Education / Research Objectives

The program aims to nurture the following abilities:

  • Specialized knowledge and skills in 5 fields that can carry out evidence-based medicine (EBM); epidemiology, biostatics, social and behavioral sciences, health service administration, and environmental health science
  • Ability to tackle significant problems for clinical practice, health care and medical administration

Career Paths after Completion

  1. Medical practitioners, dental practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, public health nurses, clinical technologists, physical therapists, radiological technologists, occupational therapists, nutritionists and clinical research coordinators(CRC) capable of evaluating and implementing evidence-based medicine 
  2. Officers engaged in policymaking for health services at administrative agencies   
  3. Proceeding to doctoral courses

3 Policies for Program of Public Health (Master’s Course)

Diploma Policy

Degree (Master of Public Health) is conferred on students who complete necessary credits; pass their thesis review / the final examination, after receiving research guidance, and fulfill the following qualities: 

  1. Ability to implement evidence-based medicine (EBM)
  2. Skills and abilities to enforce disease control measures based on evidence-based approach such as health promotion, primary prevention and therapeutic strategies, and to make practical policy recommendations to establish the society of health and longevity
  3. Specialized knowledge and skills in research methods and evaluation, ability to enforce clinical / epidemiological studies to solve issues for clinical trials, health, and medical administrations that respond to super-aging society, structural changes in disease and globalization along with a scientific mind
     

Curriculum Policy

The program enforces the educational curriculum organized under the following policies based on the diploma policy.

  1. The program offers the curriculum consisting of lectures, advanced seminars and research.
  2. Students will acquire a rich sense of humanity taking mandatory subjects on life/clinical ethics.
  3. Students are offered a systematic curriculum consisting of compulsory subjects and elective subjects which satisfy international standards for the public health program at the graduate level 
  4. Students will acquire practical skills to conduct evidence-based disease control measures such as clinical diagnosis, applied clinical research, and policy recommendations based on evidence, through a range of lecture courses; health statistics, health policy, research methodology / research ethics, clinical epidemiology, health administration, medical management, international health and environmental health, besides epidemiology / biostatistics identifying and evaluating health conditions / disease patterns among groups of people

Admission Policy

Based on the diploma and curriculum policies, the program seeks the following students:

  1. Those who are willing to take leadership roles in evidence-based medicine (EBM) as health care professionals or administrative officers in public health
  2. Those who are willing to tackle issues for clinical trials, health and medical administration, after obtaining specialized knowledge / skills in research methods and evaluation

Syllabus

Departments

Epidemiology,Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Public Health and Health Policy Forensic Medicine
General Medicine


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