Study to help the developing world : Makoto Tobe
Future plans: Makoto is going on to a JICA project on local health system strengthening, where he will work as chief advisor.
1. Did this course help you get the job?
Yes, the JICA project and my PhD research were connected.
2. How did the course help you?
The Doctoral course broadened my knowledge of health and human networks. I learnt from many organizations and got many chances throughout his project. It also improved my understanding of health systems and public health, and the skills I learnt apply broadly across developing nations.
3. Was it challenging?
Yes! I had to manage the practical aspects of the development project connected to my work, and the research tasks, so it was a very hard three years.
4. Did the course improve your ability to contribute to development and health?
Yes, I have become better able to help the developing world from studying here. The knowledge I gained is really important for practical work in the Philippines.
Final points:The course exposed me to a lot of debate over different viewpoints, and I really learnt a lot about different perspectives in healthcare.
Apr 2009 – Mar 2012: Doctoral course, Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo