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Social Life ScienceYoung Leaders' Program/Healthcare Administration


The main mission of this department is the Young Leaders’ Program Healthcare Administration Course supported by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This is a one-year course started in 2003, targeting administrators working at the central office of Ministry of Health in Asia. The classes are taught in English, including public health and healthcare systems, as well as master thesis. This department is in charge of a PhD course like the other units in this graduate school.

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Young Leaders' Program(YLP)

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.

Countries applicable for Young Leaders’

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Uzbekistan

Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countires

Special Admission for the Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries

The Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countries aim to offer doctoral degrees to government executives or individuals serving in equivalent leading positions of Asian countries who already possess a master's degree and wish to continue their studies, by providing a quality education program which combines education at Nagoya University(NU) Asian Satellite Campuses conducted in collaboration with NU's main campus, and short-term intensive academic activities at main campus in Japan enabling students to continue their carrier in the current posts while deepening their knowledge and experience.

Application Period: From May 7(Tue.) to May 22(Wed.), 2019

Commencement of the Program: October 2019

For more detail requirements, please refer to the 2019 Application Requirement below.

Countries applicable for "Transnational Doctoral Programs for Leading Professionals in Asian Countires"

Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Uzbekistran, Vietnam, Afghanistan
(7 countries)

Faculty Members

Nobuyuki Hamajima Professor Healthcare Administration
Eiko Yamamoto Associate Professor Healthcare Administration
Saw Yu Mon Associate Professor Healthcare Administration
Tetsuyoshi Kariya Designated Assistant Professor Healthcare Administration


  • 2017
    1. Chankham T, Yamamoto E, Reyer JA, Arafat R, Khonemany I, Panome S, Hongkham D, Bounfeng P, Anonh X, Hamajima N. Knowledge of free delivery policy among women who delivered at health facilities in Oudomxay Province, Lao PDR. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2017; 79(2): 135-45.
    2. Farzad F, J AR, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Socio-economic and demographic determinants of full immunization among children of 12-23 months in Afghanistan. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2017;79(2):179-88.
    3. Inthanomchanh V, Reyer JA, Blessmen J, Phrasisombath K, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Assessment of knowledge about snakebite management amongst healthcare providers in the provincial and two district hospitals in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2017;79(3):299-311.
    4. Kounnavong S, Soundavong K, Xayavong S, Vongpraserth N, Bounsavath P, Houatthongkham S, Phoummalaysith B, Saw YM, Yamamoto E, Toba K, Hamajima N. Lao language version of the Revised Hasegawa's Dementia Scale. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2017;79(2):241-9.
    5. Phoummalaysith B, Louangpradith V, Manivon T, Keohavong B, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Underlying Cause of Death Recorded during 2013 to 2015 at a Tertiary General Hospital in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2017;79(2):199-209.
    6. Than TM, Saw YM, Khaing M, Win EM, Cho SM, Kariya T, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Unit cost of healthcare services at 200-bed public hospitals in Myanmar: what plays an important role of hospital budgeting? BMC Health Serv Res. 2017;17(1):669.
  • 2016
    1. Asaduzzaman M, Higuchi M, Sarker MA, Hamajima N. Awareness and knowledge of HIV/AIDS among married women in rural Bangladesh and exposure to media: a secondary data analysis of the 2011 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2016;78(1):109-18.
    2. Frozanfar MK, Yoshida Y, Yamamoto E, Reyer JA, Dalil S, Rahimzad AD, Hamajima N. Acute malnutrition among under-five children in Faryab, Afghanistan: prevalence and causes. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2016;78(1):41-53.
    3. Ganieva U, Alimdjanov I, Ganieva M, Abdunazarov T. Drug use in children hospitalized with cardio-rheumatologic diseases in Andijan, Uzbekistan: a cross-sectional descriptive study. BMC Pharmacol Toxicol. 2016;17:11.
    4. Htun NMM, Reyer JA, Yamamoto E, Yoshida Y, Hamajima N. Trends in attrition among medical teaching staff at universities in Myanmar 2009-2013. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2016;78(1):27-40.
    5. Hung NV, Thu TA, Yagi T, Hamajima N, Anh NQ. Surgical site infection prevention: what are the gaps in Vietnamese hospitals? Can J Infect Cont. 2016; 31: 18-23.
    6. Pillai CPK, Yoshida Y, Lawrence PJ, Yamamoto E, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Pediatric cardiothoracic program in Malaysia: a study based on the outcome of the program. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2016; 78: 9-17.
    7. Sansam S, Yamamoto E, Srun S, Sinath Y, Moniborin M, Bun Sim K, Reyer JA, Yoshida Y, Hamajima N. Assessment of hand hygiene compliance after hand hygiene education among health care workers in Cambodia. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2016;78(2):151-62.
    8. Bolotbek S, Yoshida Y, Ernis B, Yamamoto E, A. Reyer J. The Study on Patient Dissatisfaction with Medical Services to define an Indicator of the Healthcare Management in the Ton and Issyk-Kul Regional Hospitals of Kyrgyzstan. Health Education and Care. 2016;1(2).
    9. Surenjav E, Sovd T, Yoshida Y, Yamamoto E, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Trends in amenable mortality rate in the Mongolian population, 2007-2014. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2016;78(1):55-68.
    10. Latt NN, Myat Cho S, Htun NM, Yu Mon S, Myint MN, Aoki F, Reyer JA, Yamamoto E, Yoshida Y, Hamajima N. Healthcare in Myanmar. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2016;78(2):123-34.
  • 2015
    1. Ahadi SS, Yoshida Y, Rabi M, Sarker MA, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Clinical features, current treatments and outcome of pregnant women with preeclampsaia/eclampsia in northern Afghanistan. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(1-2):103-11.
    2. Azimi MD, Najafizada SA, Khaing IK, Hamajima N. Factors influencing non-institutional deliveries in Afghanistan: secondary analysis of the Afghanistan mortality survey 2010. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(1-2):133-43.
    3. Barmankulova A, Higuchi M, Sarker MA, Alim MA, Hamajima N. Tuberculosis and rifampicin resistance among migrants in Kyrgyzstan: detection by a new diagnostic test. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(1-2):41-9.
    4. Chanvilay T, Yoshida Y, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Factors associated with access to antiretroviral therapy among people living with Hiv in Vientiane capital, Lao PDR. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(1-2):29-39.
    5. Khaing IK, Malik A, Oo M, Hamajima N. Health care expenditure of households in Magway, Myanmar. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(1-2):203-12.
    6. Khammany P, Yoshida Y, Sarker MA, Touy C, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Delivery care satisfaction at government hospitals in Xiengkhuang province under the maternal and child health strategy in Lao PDR. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(1-2):69-79.
    7. Narin P, Hamajima N, Kouy S, Hirosawa T, Eav S. Characteristics of liver cancer at Khmer-soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2015;16(1):35-9.
    8. Osmani AK, Reyer JA, Osmani AR, Hamajima N. Factors influencing contraceptive use among women in Afghanistan: secondary analysis of Afghanistan Health Survey 2012. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(4):551-61.
    9. Samrith W, Rahman M, Harun-Or-Rashid M, Sakamoto J. Trends and barriers to HIV testing among tuberculosis patients in Prey Kabas operational district, Takeo province, Cambodia. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2015;27(2):NP789-97.
    10. Sarkar MA, Harun-Or-Rashid M, Reyer JA, Hirosaka T, Yoshida Y, Islam MM, Siddique MR, Hossain S, Sakamato J, Hamajima N. Associations of socioeconomic determinants with community clinic awareness and visitation among women: evidence from Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey-2011. BMC Res Notes. 2015;8:590.
    11. Shahram MS, Hamajima N, Reyer JA. Factors affecting maternal healthcare utilization in Afghanistan: secondary analysis of Afghanistan Health Survey 2012. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(4):595-607.
    12. Suvanbekov A, Kitarova G, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Progress toward measles elimination in kyrgyzstan. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015;77(1-2):179-88.
  • 2014
    1. Alim MA, Sarker MA, Selim S, Karim MR, Yoshida Y, Hamajima N. Respiratory involvements among women exposed to the smoke of traditional biomass fuel and gas fuel in a district of Bangladesh. Environ Health Prev Med. 2014;19(2):126-34.
    2. Fayaz SH, Higuchi M, Hirosawa T, Sarker MA, Djabbarova Z, Hamajima N. Knowledge and practice of universal precautions among health care workers in four national hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2014;8(4):535-42.
    3. Malik A, Yoshida Y, Erkin T, Salim D, Hamajima N. Hypertension-related knowledge, practice and drug adherence among inpatients of a hospital in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2014;76(3-4):255-63.
    4. Sarker MA, Harun-Or-Rashid M, Hirosawa T, Abdul Hai MS, Siddique MR, Sakamoto J, Hamajima N. Evaluation of knowledge, practices, and possible barriers among healthcare providers regarding medical waste management in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Med Sci Monit. 2014;20:2590-7.

Research Keywords

Young Leaders' Program、 Asia、 Healthcare Administration