Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Public Health Medicine Course, Brief Overview Document A (March 2014) 1
Information on Public Health Medicine course at Graduate School of Tokyo Medical and Dental University for Potential Year 2014 Participants (Information from Health Promotion/International Health sections, WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Policy Research as of March 2014)
What is Public Health Medicine course (PHM)?
PHM is a four-year PhD course at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) designed to prepare scholars for leading careers in public health management, research and teaching in their home countries. The course is a part of Disease Prevention Global Leadership Program (DP-GLP). Scholars are exposed to advanced knowledge and skills of not only public health but also basic sciences and clinical medicines in acquiring global, multifaceted visions that are important in disease prevention. Not only the participants but also the people of their home institutions and countries can benefit from the program from enhanced capacities of the participants and the possibility of joint-research work related to public health when the participants return home.
What is the course of study and graduation requirements for PHM?
PHM students must earn required units by attending lectures, seminars and field-trips, as well as to conduct research and submit a dissertation in four-years. Each student will be assigned a chief supervisor (i.e. the department head), an associated supervisor and an advisor (optional) in order to identify unique needs of individuals and his/her country and facilitate academic and personal development. The primary language of PHM is English.
What is my career path after graduation?
Since the predecessor of PHM called Public Health Leadership Program (PHL) started in 2001, technical officers from public health organization and university teaching staffs from various countries studied public health at TMDU. Most of the graduates proceeded to take a position at public health organization and universities in their home countries. Some of the positions the graduates attained after graduation are listed below:
- Chief Director General of Ministry of Public Health, Senior Researcher of Institute for Health
- Head of Department of Adolescent Health and Associate Professor of University
- Deputy Director: Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health
- Lecturer, School of Medicine
- Director of Technical and Research Department of a Municipal Health Department.
Is there any scholarship open for international students to apply before enrollment?
PHM is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences & Technology. International students who wish to enroll in PHM can apply for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship via TMDU (please check Document B for eligibility criteria).
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A grantee will receive a monthly allowance of ¥145,000* during the term of his/her scholarship in addition to school fees and a round-trip air fare. Applicants should be 34 years old or younger as of April 1st 2014 and also meet other criteria. *Estimated amounts based on fiscal 2013 budget and may be subject to change.
How can I apply for PHM?
Each applicant must submit the set of the following documents to TMDU by April 30th, 2014.
(1) Application forms for Japanese Government Scholarship
(2) A photograph taken within the past 6 months (4.5×3.5 cm-sized, upper frontal view without a hat)
(3) Write the name and nationality on the back, and paste it on the application form as indicated.
(4) Official academic transcript from the last university/graduate school attended
(5) Graduate certificate or degree certificate of the last university attended (or an attested document certifying that the applicant will graduate from the school, where applicable)
(6) Recommendation letter (designated to the TMDU President) from the head of the institution the applicant belongs to
(7) Recommendation letter from a supervisor who knows the applicant in person (desirable)
(8) List of your publications including thesis by which the applicant earned his/her master's degree and its equivalent (your publications in English or another major language such as peer review articles, academic/ official reports, and others), and copies of your major publications,
(9) Certificate of family register or citizenship in the applicant's home country (if applicable)
(10) A photocopy of your passport (if applicable)
Once selected, you will be asked to proceed to internet or phone interview between April and May, 2014. Successful candidates will receive an admission offer by the end of July, 2014.
What if I am not granted for Japanese Government Scholarship?
PHM is open to international scholars with private funds also.
For further details, please contact:
Professor Takehito Takano, M.D., Ph.D.
Head of WHO Collaborating Center for Healthy Cities and Urban Policy Research
Professor, Health Promotion
Professor Keiko Nakamura, M.D., Ph.D.
Head of International Health and Medicine
The Graduate School of Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Yushima 1-5-45, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8519, Japan
See attached documents below
Form 1.pdf (275k)
Form 2.pdf (88k)