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Public Health Course


There are two courses: a two-year option for the development of individuals who will play active roles in the field of public health, and a one-year option for people who already have hands-on experience in training high-level specialists

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Public Health Course (Two-Year Course)

This course aims to foster human resources that are capable of addressing the challenges of public health with substantial knowledge and skills for maintaining and improving people’s health, life and security as well as the entire society.

Public Health Course (One-Year Course)

This course is intended for medical doctors (i.e. licensed physicians), dentists, pharmacist and other professionals with certain years of practical experience, and aims to train, in one year, a highly specialized professional who plays active roles in medical and public health fields.

This course will be established against the backdrop of growing public interest in health/medical problems and the aging and depopulation problems unique to Hokkaido, and provides education in five disciplines (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Health Services Administration, and Environmental Health Sciences) based on the essential criteria of the Council on Education for Public Health in the United States, thereby allowing students to acquire the extensive public health knowledge and skills necessary for highly specialized professionals.

Those who have chosen Public Health Course (either Two-Year Course or One-Year Course) should be affiliated with one Laboratory, selecting from Departments of Hygiene, Public Health, Health Care Policy, Biostatistics, Medical Education and General Medicine, Regulatory Science, Advanced Medical Sciences, and Forensic Medicine.

※ Students should decide their preferered course during the application, and students will be allocated to either one- or two-year courses after the admission accounting for their preference. (Details will be informed after the admission.)

Message from Graduate Student

In appreciation of a terrific learning situation

Public Health Course (Two-Year Course)
Department of Public Health
(Working in the laboratory in the Health Care Center of Hokkaido University)

Aya Yoshimura

I've been involved in student health care and obese student research in the laboratory of the Hokkaido University Health Care Center.

I became interested in preventive medicine and public health, when I worked in blood sampling, examination, analysis, and other related matters.

When I was concerned about my lack of knowledge to be able to write a paper, I learned that the Public Health Course will be established under the Master's Program in 2017, and I decided to enroll in the Master’s Program because it will allow me to study while working.

I want to learn about epidemiology from the basics. I hope to maintain close contact with others and learn to have different perspectives. I hope to take control of my own healthcare, expand my horizons, and get to see things from different angles during the next two years.

(As of April 2017)

Aya Yoshimura Aya Yoshimura

Countering infectious diseases by learning about public health

Public Health Course (One-Year Course)
Department of Hygiene
(Working in the Department of Infectious Diseases, National Hospital Organization Hokkaido Cancer Center)

Takahiro Fujita, MD, PhD

I am an infectious disease physician with 17 years of experience. In my career, I have dealt with numerous public health issues related to infectious diseases. Therefore, I decided to go into the 1 year Master of Public Health course to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered there from experts of infectious disease epidemiology, while working full-time.

Usually, I am engaged in infectious disease consultation and infection control at the Hokkaido Cancer Center. Due to the advances in treatment and the aging of society, infectious diseases in cancer patients present new problems on a daily basis. In addition, the infectious disease field is always related to worldwide public health due to globalization and the spread of multi-drug-resistant bacteria.

It is not easy to study in the breaks that arise in my daily work, but I manage to learn about epidemiology and the research methods employed with infectious diseases under the direction of public health specialists.

(As of April 2017)

Takahiro Fujita Takahiro Fujita