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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 Designated associate professor Healthcare Administration (Asian Satellite Campuses Institute)
Tetsuyoshi Kariya Designated Assistant Professor Healthcare Administration (Asian Satellite Campuses Institute)


  • YLP2017-18 graduates (generation 15)
    1. Aung ZZ, Saw YM, Saw TN, Oo N, Aye HNN, Aung S, Oo HN, Cho SM, Khaing M, Kariya T, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Survival rate and mortality risk factors among TB-HIV co-infected patients at a HIV-specialist hospital in Myanmar: A 12-year retrospective follow-up study. Int J Infect Dis 80: 10-15, 2019.
    2. Aye HNN, Saw YM, Thar AMC, Oo N, Aung ZZ, Tin H, Tetsuyoshi K, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Accessing the operational costs of routine immunization activities at sub-centers level by geographic areas in Myanmar: what matters to increase a national immunization coverage? Vaccine 36: 7542-7548, 2018.
    3. Azimi MW, Yamamoto E, Saw YM Kariya T, Arab AS, Sadaat SI, Farzad F, Hamajima N. Factors associated with antenatal care visits in Afghanistan: secondary analysis of Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey 2015. Nagoya J Med Sci 81: 121-131, 2019.
    4. Kaur J, Hamajima N, Yamamoto E, Saw YM, Kariya T, Soon GC, Amin A, Halim AN, Aziz FA, Sharon SH. Patient Satisfaction on the utilization of traditional and complementary medicine services at public hospitals in Malaysia. Complement Ther Med 42: 422-428, 2019.
    5. Long-Hay P, Yamamoto E, Bun S, Savuth T, Buntha S, Sokdaro S, Kariya T, Saw YM, Sengdoeurn Y, Hamajima N. Outbreak detection of influenza-like illness in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia: A community-based surveillance. Nagoya J Med Sci 81: 269-280, 2019.
    6. Oo N, Saw YM, Aye HNN, Aung ZZ, Kyaw HN, Tun AM, Kariya T, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Consumption of foods containing prohibited artificial colors among middle-school children in Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory, Myanmar. BMC Public Health 19: 344, 2019.
    7. Taazan B, Yamamoto E, Baatar B, Amgalanbaatar A, Kariya T, Saw YM, Hamajima N. Estimating cost of hospitalization for childbirth at a tertiary hospital in Mongolia. Nagoya J Med Sci (in press).
  • YLP2016-17 graduates (generation 14)
    1. Nguyen STT, Yamamoto E, Nguyen MTN, Le HB, Kariya T, Saw YM, Nguyen CD, Hamajima N. Waiting time in the outpatients clinic at a national hospital in Vietnam. Nagoya J Med Sci 80: 227-239, 2018.
    2. Orsoo O, Saw YM, Sereenen E, Yadamsuren B, Byambaa A, Kariya T, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Epidemiological characteristics and trends of a nationwide measles outbreak in Mongolia, 2015–2016. BMC Public Health 19: 201, 2019.
    3. Rasekh B, Saw YM, Azimi S, Kariya T, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Associations of treatment completion against drug addiction with motivational interviewing and related factors in Afghanistan. Nagoya J Med Sci 80: 329-340, 2018.
    4. 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 17: 669, 2017.
    5. Win EM, Saw YM, Oo KL, Than TM, Cho SM, Kariya T, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Healthcare waste management at primary health centres in Mon State, Myanmar: the comparisons between hospital and non-hospital type primary health centres. Nagoya J Med Sci 81: 81-91, 2019.
  • YLP2015-16 graduates (generation 13)
    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 79: 135-145, 2017.
    2. Farzad F, Reyer JA, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Socio-economic and demographic determinants of full immunization among children of 12-23 months in Afghanistan. Nagoya J Med Sci 79: 179-188, 2017.
    3. Inthanomchanh V, Reyer JA, Blessmen J, Phrasisombath K, Yamamoto E, Hamajima N. Assessment of knowledge about snakebite management amongst health care providers in the provincial and two district hospitals in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR. Nagoya J Med Sci 79: 299-311, 2017.
    4. Htin Aung Myint MN, Yamamoto E, Ko MN, Khaing M, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Knowledge, attitude, and usage pattern of tobacco among high school students in Nay Pyi Taw, Mynamar. Nagoya J Med Sci 81: 65-79, 2019.
    5. Tursunov D, Yoshida Y, Yrysov K, Sabirov D, Alimova K, Yamamoto E, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Estimated costs for treatment and prophylaxis of newborn vitamin K deficiency bleeding in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Nagoya J Med Sci 80: 11-20, 2018.
    6. Yrysov K, Tursunov D, Reyer JA, Yamamoto E, Yrysova M, Hamajima N. Multiple ruptured cerebral aneurysms at the National Hospital of the Kyrgyz Republic between 2008 and 2014: A departmental summary. Nagoya J Med Sci 80: 11-20, 2018.
  • YLP2014-15 graduates (generation 12)
    1. 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 78: 41-53, 2016.
    2. 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 17: 11, 2016.
    3. Htun MMN, 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 78: 27-40, 2016.
    4. 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 78: 9-17, 2016.
    5. Sansam S, Yamamoto E, Srun S, Sinath Y, Moniborin M, Sim KB, Reyer JA, Yoshida Y, Hamajima N. Assessment of hand hygiene compliance after hand hygiene education among health workers in Cambodia. Nagoya J Med Sci 78: 151-162, 2016.
    6. Sharam SM, Hamajima N, Reyer JA. Factors affecting maternal healthcare utilization in Afghanistan: secondary analysis of Afghanistan Health Survey 2012. Nagoya J Med Sci 77: 595-607, 2015.
    7. Shayahmetov B, Yoshida Y, Yamamoto E, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. 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 Edu Care 1: 41-44, 2016.
    8. 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 78: 55-68, 2016.
  • YLP2013-14 graduates (generation 11)
    1. Ahadi SSM, Yoshida Y, Sarker MA, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Clinical features, current treatments and outcome of pregnant women with preeclampsia/eclampsia in northern Afghanistan. Nagoya J Med Sci 77: 103-111, 2015.
    2. Alam Z, Higuchi M, Sarker MAB, Hamajima N. Mass media exposure and childhood diarrhea: A secondary analysis of the 2011 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey. Nagoya J Med Sci 81: 31-40, 2019.
    3. 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 Sruvey. Nagoya J Med Sci 78: 109-118, 2016.
    4. Chanvilay T, Yoshida Y, Reyer J, Hamajima N, Bounpheng P. Factors associated with access to antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV in Vientian capital, Lao PDR. Nagoya J Med Sci 77: 29-39, 2015.
    5. Khammany P, Yoshida Y, Sarker MA, Touy C, Reyer JA, Hamajima N. Delivery care satisfaction at government hospitals in Xiengkhuang providence under the maternal and child health startegy in Lao PDR. Nagoya J Med Sci 77: 69-79, 2015.
    6. Osmani AK, Reyer JA, Osmani AR, Hamajima N. Factor influencing contraceptive use among women in Afghanistan: secondary analysis of the Afghanistan Health Survey 2012. Nagoya J Med Sci 77: 551-561, 2015.
    7. Sor S, Higuchi M, Sarker MAB, Hamajima N. Knowledge of rabies and dog-related behaviors among people in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Trop Med Health 46: 20, 2018.
    8. Suvanbekov A, Kitarova G, Reyer J A, Hamajima N. Progress toward measles elimination in Kyrgyzstan. Nagoya J Med Sci 77: 179-188, 2015.

Research Keywords

Young Leaders' Program、 Asia、 Healthcare Administration