Education & Trainning

School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (Master Courses)

In April 2015, School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health was newly established.
The School consists of three master courses;

Tropical Medicine Course (Master of Tropical Medicine) provides the medical doctors with clinical knowledge and academic research skill to respond to health issues in the area of tropical medicine. (one year)
International Health Development Course (Master of Public Health) equips the students with essential knowledge and skills required to pursue careers in international health. (two years)
Health Innovation Course (Master of Science in Global Health and Medicine) gives opportunities of basic research skills to prepare for pursuing higher academic careers in global health research. (two years)The latter two courses are open to those who have no medical/ health background.

One of the strengths is that the students of all three courses will learn together in the basic modules on global health so that they will have opportunities to understand the issues in wider perspectives than their own disciplines.

Other characteristics include the whole learning is conducted in English and the academic partnership of teaching and research with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a leading global institute of tropical medicine.

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PhD Course

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University now offers six master and doctoral courses, after unification in 2002 of three biomedical schools, Medical, Dental and Pharmacology. All the departments in the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) are actively involved in teaching the Course on Infection Research. In April 2013, the “Program for Nurturing Global Leaders in Tropical and Emerging Communicable Diseases (PhD course)” was incorporated in this Course. Limited to 15 students per year, the new program is one of the several programs adopted by the Program for Leading Program supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. It focuses on controlling tropical and emerging infectious communicable diseases and on leadership. One of its unique features is that students will be given practical trainings in a cross-field curriculum, which includes hands-on training at overseas Nagasaki University Research Stations in Kenya and Vietnam and other international organizations. For the program, twenty-one staff of ITM composed of professors, associate professors and assistant professors devote themselves in giving lectures and supervising students' research activities.

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Three-month Course on Tropical Medicine (TTM)

This is a short-course of tropical medicine. This course aims to support medical and co-medical personnel who plan to work in the tropics, by providing opportunities to learn a broad range of skills and knowledge relevant to practicing medicine, implementing disease control programs and conducting medical research in tropical and developing countries. The course began in 1978 and since 2017, it opens to the researchers who pursue technology for global health. Fifteen participants are accepted to attend the course in each year. As of the 39th course in 2016, 501 participants in total (including 181 medical doctors, and 320 co-medical such as nurses, community health nurses, midwives, pharmacists) from all over Japan have completed the course.
The course is run by the steering committee, which consists of members from both inside and outside the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM).
During thirteen weeks (April to June), the full-time staff members of the ITM and a substantial number of visiting professors and lecturers provide lectures, laboratory practicals and field work, in the fields of virology, bacteriology, protozoology, parasitology, medical entomology, pathology, immunogenetics, epidemiology, human ecology, social medicine, clinical medicine and also geography and culture in tropics. Participants who successfully completed the course are awarded the Diploma in Tropical Medicine.

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Diploma Course on Research & Development of Products to meet Public Health Needs

This part of the course will begin with a general overview of product R&D (drugs, vaccines and diagnostics), continue with a series of lectures on discovery research, transitioning between research and development, CMC (chemical, manufacturing and control) requirements, toxicology requirements from development to product license, pharmaceutical and analytical development, pharmacokinetics and metabolic studies, clinical studies - phase I-IV trial design and protocols - project planning and management, handling of safety data in development, regulatory requirements, post regulatory clinical studies, patents issues and other aspects of product development i.e. international standards of good practice, ethics in clinical research, DSMB (Data and safety Monitoring Boards), commercial and marketing activities, and public health implementation.

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International Course on Research Ethics

This international course is an overview of research ethics, focusing on the ethics of health research. This course will cover the following: a) histrical background, principles, and guidelines of research ethics; b) structure, roles, and functions of research ethics committees; c) ethical considerations in health research such as those related to informed consent, conflict of interest, and risk and benefit evaluation; and d) ethical issues and methodologies in different health research fields (genetics research, epidemiological and social research, pediatric research; and traditional medicine research) in the context of national, regional, and international collaborative research.

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