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The MPH Goes East

A novel partnership brings the part-time degree and faculty to Japan.

Story by Rin-Rin Yu • Photo by Yang Yin/iStock

A new academic partnership with a Kyoto-based research organization is helping busy health professionals in Japan pursue public health studies on their home turf.

An agreement between the School and the Institute for Health Outcomes and Process Evaluation Research (iHope)—initiated by Shunichi Fukuhara, MD, DMSc, former dean of the Kyoto University School of Public Health—allows students in Japan enrolled in the online, part-time MPH program to fulfill the in-person course requirements in Kyoto, rather than Baltimore or Barcelona.

In March 2016, the first cohort, with interests from disaster management to mental health to aging, completed the MPH orientation and the “Problem Solving in Public Health” course taught by Bloomberg School faculty during spring break. The second cohort, which will begin in March with a similar number of students, will complete the same requirements while the first cohort takes data analysis workshops.

“This collaboration opens up the opportunity for a part-time MPH degree for these talented individuals in Japan who otherwise would not have considered this a possibility,” says MPH chair Marie Diener-West, PhD ’84.

MPH In Japan

  • MPH Kyoto online/part-time requirements: 80 credits in 4 years
  • Face-to-face component: 16 credits in 4 annual, 1-week intensive courses in Kyoto
  • First cohort: 10 physicians; 9 men, 1 woman
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