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Young Leaders' Program(YLP)

Last update: 2017/06/22

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I. Background

More than 90% of the disease burden of the world is concentrated in developing countries, threatening the health of the people of those countries, and potentially becoming a factor that destabilizes society. With the advance of globalization, such an unstable situation within developing countries leads to health hazards via infection and can exert serious economic influence in developed countries, including Japan. The improvement of the health conditions of people in these countries is not only a humanitarian issue for people in each country, but also a world-wide economical and political issue. As a member of international society, Japan has an obligation to provide support. However, in developing countries, leaders who can effectively manage and administer health care and the medical sector are scarce, and in many cases, support in the fields of medicine and health care are not fully effective.

II. Objective

We have established a YLP master's course in healthcare administration (one year) in the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, and invite administrators who will play a leading role in health care policy making and implementation, management and administration of medical institutions, public health and preventive medicine activities in developing countries. We provide them with an extensive education to gain knowledge and skill in healthcare administration, medical economics and medical statistics in a short period of time, so that they may become excellent administrators in medical care and health administration in their own countries. The number of students being accepted each year is approximately 10.

Eligible students and countries

Administrators (in principle, up to 40 years old) who are in charge of medical care or health administration in developing countries, with two years' experience in health care policy, administration of medical institutions, public health activities, and are expected to serve a leading role in the future. For example, administrators of central and local governments, administrators of local hospitals and young administrators who are expected to take charge of health and medical policy decision-making.

Target countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

III. Education objective

In order to improve efficiency, quality, fairness and sustainability of the health and medical care sector in developing countries, we will foster talented people who can form an international network to cooperate in international medical insurance activity as well as in activities in medical politics in their own countries by enhanced their problem solving skills for issues involving larger needs.

Contents of education

Students are given lectures in English, complete 30 credits including practices and field trips, compose and submit research papers, and receive a master's degree after one year. Classes cover basic knowledge on medicine and public health and research methodology, history and current status of health care administration in Japan, as well as research issues in areas such as local health care, health policy, and environmental hygiene. Students also conduct their own research into the health policies and health care systems of their own countries, to create a research thesis.

IV. Expected effects

Those who complete the course are expected to exert their leadership in solving various issues in the area of health and medical care sectors when they go back to their own country. In this way, the course will contribute to the improvement of health of people and the development of the country, making support from Japan more effective. They will also form an international human resource network and will contribute to worldwide health and medical care activities.