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The Global Health Sciences/International Health program is an English course that is part of the Global 30 Project at the University of Tokyo. Since its 1992 inception in the Graduate School of Medicine as the first graduate school specializing in international health in Japan, many foreign students from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe have studied with Japanese students and graduated from the School. The total number of graduates exceeds 300.

The course comprises cutting-edge life sciences and global-oriented social medicine, both of which are indispensable for tackling complex and urgent health issues, including tropical diseases, genetic susceptibility, child development, environmental health, and health policy and service systems, in various parts of the world. The goal of the research conducted at the School is to understand the basic molecular and/or social mechanisms underlying these problems and to discover the most efficient, feasible, and culturally sound solutions for these issues for every sector of the global community. I strongly believe that this area is one of the most challenging fields in the medical sciences.

Dean of the Faculty of
Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Tokyo
Kohei Miyazono, M.D., Ph.D.


The School of International Health was founded as the eleventh school in the Graduate School of Medicine, and it is Japan’s premier graduate school specializing in international health. To cope with health problems worldwide, particularly in developing countries, our School has focused on understanding the variation in local, regional, and global problems and identifying scientifically reliable and socio-economically feasible ways to solve or mitigate them through research and education. Our major goal is to develop leading scholars in top-tier universities or institutions to study health issues of global concern and members of government or international health-associated organizations to plan and establish relevant health policy from a global perspective. Half of the students in our School are from overseas, and the remainder are Japanese, which makes an ideal opportunity for studying international health. All of the classes are taught in English. In 2009, we were selected as one of the core schools for promoting internationalization in Japan under the Global 30 project, which enhanced our capacity as an educational and research institution at the highest level. We welcome broad-minded, interactive, well-motivated students from all over the world.

Director, School of International Health, the University of Tokyo
Chiho Watanabe, Ph.D.

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