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) will provide the medical doctors with clinical knowledge and academic research skill to respond to health issues in the area of tropical medicine.
International Health Development Course (Master of Public Health) will equip the students with essential knowledge and skills required to pursue careers in international health.
Health Innovation Course (Master of Science in Global Health and Medicine) will give opportunities of basic research skills to prepare for pursuing higher academic careers in global health research. 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 that all the lectures are conducted in English and that we are closely engaged in 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

In April 2002, the structure of doctoral course in Nagasaki University was re-organized by integrating the three graduate schools from the Schools of Medical Science, Dental Science and Pharmacology into the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The school now offers six master and doctoral courses. All the departments in the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) are 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. In addition, 20 staff of ITM composed of professors, associate professors and assistant professors participate in this program. They play an important role in giving lectures related to tropical and emerging communicable diseases and in helping students to write their dissertations.

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. Fifteen participants are accepted to attend the course in each year. As of the 38th course in 2015, 488 participants in total (including 192 medical doctors, and 296 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).
The full-time staff members of the ITM and a substantial number of visiting professors and lecturers provide the 13 weeks (April to June) of 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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Program for Nurturing Global Leaders in Tropical and Emerging Communicable Diseases

Over the course of the four-year duration of this doctoral course, students will learn both theoretical and practical skills from established tropical disease professionals. This education will furnish students with the experience necessary to work effectively in environments where tropical diseases are endemic. The curriculum includes practical components such as on-the-job training in infectious disease control, how to collaborate with international organisations, internships and pathogen handling skills.

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