Global Health Sciences/School of International Health
Global Health Sciences/School of International Health is a program operated in English, in which all the academic activities including entrance exam, lectures, exercise, and thesis writing and defense are conducted in English, and no Japanese competency is required to pursue the degree. Thirty to forty percent of the students in this program are foreign students coming from literally all over the world. Departments associated with the program have been dealing with contemporary issues including tropical infectious diseases, human genetics, environmental health, maternal and child health, community health, and health policy with various approaches such as natural science, social medicine, behavioral sciences, and environmental science. Through these activities, we are aiming to nurture top class researchers and international practitioners, who can take leadership roles in the international global health community. All the laboratories in the program have some collaboration with overseas universities and institutions; students in this program can take advantage of utilizing this international network and gain new knowledge through diverse societies and their worldviews, which enrich their own experiences and careers.
Aside from the Global Health Sciences, several programs in the Graduate School of Medicine do not require Japanese competency to pursue the degree, which is explicitly indicated in the guidelines for applicants in the homepage of the Graduate School of Medicine.
Urban Environmental Health in Asia (UEHAS)
Urban Environmental Health in Asia (UEHAS) is a program conducted by an international interdisciplinary consortium with financial support from MEXT. This consortium is composed of the University of Tokyo (the two Graduate Schools of Medicine and Engineering) and seven ASEAN universities or institutions (four Thai and three Indonesian). The consortium universities have been conducting mutual student exchanges, sending and accepting graduate-level students to each other in the fields of urban environment and urban health, particularly with a focus on Asian cities. Students selected to participate in this exchange program spend a period of two weeks to three months in the member universities, attending courses and other activities. These classes and activities are counted as credits at the students’ home universities according to mutual university agreements. This program presents a good opportunity for international students to not only enhance their scientific skills and knowledge, but also to experience a “third” country outside of Japan and their home country. Experiencing this “third” country allows students to broaden their views and network with others in their field for joint research projects or other research-related prospects. Students who participate in this program have shown remarkable achievement in both their own study in general and in their communication skills, which is good evidence of the impact of such experience on young people.