A bridge to practical research work : Herfina Yohanna Nababan
Future plans: Herfina is moving on to do research work in Bangladesh from April 2012.
1. Will the course help you with her research work?
Yes, because during the masters course I gained some skills that are very useful to research, and a broader perspective on health. I came to GHP as a medical doctor, and this course widened my perspective on health beyond the clinic.
2. How does you think this course will be useful?
The course has expanded my knowledge of health, so that I understand the bigger health picture. It will help me to understand the perspective of international organizations, and to work across countries and systems, rather than focusing on specific tasks within just the health system of Indonesia.
3. What was challenging about living in Japan and studying at GHP?
Adapting to Japanese culture and studying outside of a familiar system. I sometimes felt isolated living in Japan, but the department helped me to deal with these feelings.
4. Why did you come to study in Japan?
Japan is an easier destination for overseas study than America or Europe, and the department had a lot of appeal.
5. Did you enjoy studying in Japan?
I loved it! I was very comfortable in Japan, and really enjoyed the lifestyle of an overseas student here.
Apr 2010 –
Mar 2012: Master Course, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo