Graduate-School Health Sciences Leadership Program

Improving leadership, cross-cultural communication and networking


This program mission is to create a community of future world leaders who will advance health sciences and raise the level of health all around the world through innovation in bioscience research, global health/healthcare policy and healthcare industries.

What does this program aim to?

What does this program aim to?

Bringing together international and Japanese students from the fields of medicine and dentistry, including research, policy, organizational leadership, and global health, the G-HSLP aims to cultivate the knowledge and skills needed to make advancements in the health sciences arena. In order to achieve this goal, students must gain expertise that will assist them in the landscape of biomedical sciences, globalized health care, and medical industries. This includes cross-cultural competence, leadership and critical thinking skills, and a mastery of English, along with a host of other essential competencies.

What are general learning goals?

What are general learning goals?

To this end, students in the G-HSLP will work collaboratively to tackle bioscience, health care, and cross-cultural challenges, solving problems through case based learning methods. By integrating and applying their knowledge of basic medical science, clinical science, social medicine, and relevant social science to the problems presented, students will have the opportunity to polish soft skills, such as teambuilding, critical, and creative thinking skills in addition to other practical skills such as research presentations and academic writing. Learning goals and cases will challenge graduate students to synthesize across disciplines and to take a holistic perspective on contemporary health science issues as related to students’ own research agendas.

What is the specific structure of the program?

Students from any year in any TMDU graduate school may apply to the G-HSLP. Students admitted to this program can apply, based on their needs, to any of the program’s offered courses in any sequence, in any semester or year of their studies. Students may not reenroll in courses they have already passed.

How does the student cultivate skills through this program?

What are general learning goals?

Competencies expected of G-HSLP students are defined as follows. The diagram shows how skills cultivated through this program function in a coordinated fashion, which will allow global leaders to play active roles in international arenas to bring about innovation.

Technical Expertise

  • Basic medical science knowledge
  • Clinical knowledge
  • Public health knowledge
  • Global health knowledge
  • Linguistic skills

Teambuilding Functions

  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Teambuilding skills
  • Management skills
  • Leadership skills

Critical Thinking Functions

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Information literacy
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Reading
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication

Creative Thinking Functions

  • Creative thinking

Curricular Map

The matrix below provides general information regarding which skills will be acquired/sophisticated in
which courses. If you need further information, please see the program syllabus.



  • Language

    To increase English proficiency, the universal language to be active globally.

  • Leadership

    To present a vision and inspiration towards obtaining the necessary leadership qualities to solve problems.

  • Cognitive

    To brushup critical thinking skills (based on appropriate logical unbiased standards and grounds).

  • Communication

    To improve the quality of discussion, convey ideas in appropriate language, understand others, and the ability to act appropriately.

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