We offer Master’s and PhD programs in global and planetary health for prospective students who have commitment to improving the health and well-being of people and the planet. Both Master’s and PhD courses are demanding and intensive programs, aimed at giving graduates a solid base in research and policy analysis.

Degree Program


Global Health Policy Semester

GHP Lecture 2023 Tuesdays; 13:00 – 16:00

No. Date Topic
1 Global environmental change and health
2 Spatial statistics and applications to health surveillance
3 Temperature and mortality
4 Innovations in maternal and child health
5 Evidence synthesis for global health research
6 Overview of global burden of disease
7 Health impact assessments in environmental health
8 Seasonality assessment in epidemiology
9 Equity in health and universal health coverage assessment
10 Climate change mitigation policy
11 Sustainable development goals: global policy and health agenda
12 Global mental health
13 Health effects of dust and haze exposure
No. Date Topic
14 Infectious disease surveillance system
15 Air pollution and health
16 Social determinants of health
17 Cancer epidemiology and prevention
18 Comparative risk assessment
19 Global perspectives for disease control and the future
20 Planetary Health
21 Environment and child health
22 Japan’s Global Health Diplomacy in the era of COVID-19 and beyond
23 Nutrition and health
24 Disaster control and management: from the field to policy
25 Population aging and its implications to health systems

Master’s Program
(Master of Health Science)

The Master’s program is a demanding, interdisciplinary program that emphasizes student-directed learning, problem-solving, and acquisition of fundamental global and planetary health research skills. Students are required to complete a minimum of 30-course credits and a master’s thesis. Beyond the program requirements, students are encouraged to consult with faculty advisers to choose elective courses best suited to their needs. The research topic for the thesis needs to be discussed by the end of the first year. For those who intend to carry out field research, a draft of the research proposal needs to be submitted to and approved by the Research Ethics Committee before the research is conducted. Students are encouraged to submit their manuscripts for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

PhD Program

The PhD program is designed to train the next generation of leaders in global and planetary health. PhD students are required to complete a minimum of 20-course credits and a doctoral thesis.

Application Process and Requirements

Admission Guide for Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs

Dear Prospective Students,

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Global Health Policy at the University of Tokyo.
We look forward to helping you as you consider advanced studies in our department. Admission is managed through the Graduate School of Medicine, so if you are interested in our Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs, please see the Graduate School of Medicine admissions page, where you will learn about the application requirements and processes.

You will need to obtain an application form and an English proficiency test (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS Academic). Please submit your completed application within the scheduled period. If you have any questions about the process, you may contact the graduate school directly, or you may email the department chair, Professor Masahiro Hashizume for more information. The application forms are usually made available in early June.

Admissions page