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[Registration Closed] The Global Health Education Program (G-HEP) 2024 (May 1, 2024)

[Registration Closed] The Global Health Education Program (G-HEP) 2024 (May 1, 2024)

*Registration is now closed. Thank you for your applying. (May 13, 2024)

Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) has begun accepting applications for the 2024 Global Health Education Program (G-HEP). This program, titled “Fostering multilateral collaboration among young leaders to address planetary health challenges,” is co-organized by the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and the Mahidol University School of Public Health, bringing together young leaders from various countries. We will develop human resources for global health through fieldwork in Thailand and Nagasaki Prefecture. Interested students and working adults are encouraged to apply.

If you wish to participate, please review the application guidelines and complete the application form (Google Form) at the link at the bottom of this page by Sunday, May 12, 2024, 23:59 (Japan time).

Please note that there is a possibility that change about the projetc contents.

■Program Overview
Climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental pollution are global threats facing the world in the 21st century. Human activities are not only causing unprecedented global changes in natural systems such as the climate, oceans, and biosphere, but are also affecting human health. For this reason, activities based on a planetary health perspective, which protects human health, the environment, and social systems as a whole, are increasingly sought after both domestically and internationally. In particular, collaboration across national and sectoral boundaries is essential, with the United States and Japan taking the lead in addressing climate change domestically and internationally, and Thailand, despite its limited resources, promoting such efforts and possessing the knowledge to do so.

This program is designed to foster young people from various backgrounds in Japan, the U.S., and Thailand who will be active globally in the future through mutual understanding and cooperation through the program. The program will also compile concrete proposals for solutions as policy recommendations and disseminate them both domestically and internationally.

Through this program, participants will acquire knowledge and problem-solving methods related to public health and global health and develop human resources engaged in solving global health issues by building cross-disciplinary human resource networks and relationships of trust. The program aims to deepen mutual understanding among participants and provide them with meaningful experiences that will contribute to their motivation to design their future careers.

 ■Program Implementation Guidelines (Details)
Period: June 2024 to November 2024
Location: Online, Bangkok, Thailand; Nagasaki, Japan

Program Description and Schedule (tentative):
The program will last approximately 6 months and consist of 4 phases.

June – July 2024 Phase 1: Knowledge Introduction (Lectures) Online lectures by planetary health experts and others from the U.S., Japan, and Thailand.
July 2024 Phase 2: Case Study Formulation Learn about each case study and determine the fieldwork to be conducted. Meet and plan with academic mentor.
August – October 2024 Phase 3: Fieldwork in Thailand and development of policy recommendations A week of fieldwork will be conducted in Thailand in August to meet with local stakeholders and collect data. After data collection, the participants will work in groups to analyze the data and formulate policy recommendations.
November 2024 Phase 4: Fieldwork and presentation of policy recommendations in Nagasaki, Japan Fieldwork will be conducted in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, and the results and policy recommendations will be presented.

“Phase 1” and “Phase 2” is scheduled to be held every Wednesday from 10:00-12:00 from mid-June to the end of July.
“Phase 3” is scheduled to be held in early August in Bangkok, Thailand, and thereafter schedules will be adjusted and set within each group.
“Phase 4” is scheduled to be held in late November in Nagasaki, Japan.

※ Please note that schedules may change depending on the situation.

Number of applicants
4 persons
(4 participants from Japan, 4 from the U.S., and 4 from Thailand, for a total of 12 people)

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria and be able to conduct discussions in English:

・Undergraduate and graduate students (including international students who are not Japanese nationals and Japanese students who belong to overseas universities/graduate schools) who are interested in the fields of global health, planetary health, and epidemiology.
・Young people with practical experience in the above fields (researchers, medical professionals, working people in related fields, etc.)

*Participants who have participated in the Global Health Summer Program (GHSP: Global Health Summer Program) or Global Health Education Program (G-HEP) sponsored by JHU in the past are not eligible to apply.

Selection will be made by document review and interview. Applicants are required to submit an application form (in Japanese or English), and will be selected based on their English ability and answers to questions.

■Selection Method and Notification of Results
1) First round: Preliminary screening of documents
Please send us your answers to each question and essay assignment along with your resume (Word or PDF) via Google Form.

The essay topics are as follows:
(A) Identify some of the planetary health issues affecting Asia that need to be addressed on a global scale and discuss them using examples. In your response, please consider the following points. (1000 words or less)
・Leadership and contributions expected from Japan or your country on the issue
・Multilateral and multisectoral approaches (collaboration), public-private partnerships, etc. necessary to resolve issues
・Anticipated challenges in the problem-solving process

(B) Please explain why you are applying for this program and how this program will help you with your future career goals. (1000 words or less)

(C) What do you expect from this program? What do you hope to gain through this program? (1000 words or less)

Successful applicants for the first round will be notified by email no later than May 16, 2024.

2) Second round: Online interview
 Interviews will be held between Monday, May 20 and Friday, May 24, 2024. Interviews will be conducted online using Zoom, will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be scheduled between 10:00am and 6:00pm. For applicants whose interview schedule does not match, we will make separate arrangements, so please let us know your availability at the time of the initial selection.

3) Announcement of final selection
Final results will be announced by e-mail by Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

■ Participation Fee
Participation fee: 80,000 yen (40,000 yen for international students from low- and middle-income countries).
Successful applicants must pay the participation fee by bank transfer by the end of May 2024 (exact date will be announced by e-mail).
Please note that a cancellation fee will be charged for cancellations made after the announcement of acceptance.

Items included in the participation fee:

  • Round trip airfare between Tokyo (Japan) – Bangkok (Thailand) and Tokyo (Japan) – Nagasaki (Japan)
  • Fieldwork expenses (hotel, domestic transportation, group meals in Bangkok and Nagasaki)

Not included in the registration fee:

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Domestic transportation from Tokyo airports (Haneda or Narita) to your home
  • Personal meals, personal travel, souvenirs
  • Overseas Travel Insurance

■About Passport
Japanese passport holders do not need an entry visa, but according to international treaties, passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Thailand and have at least two unused pages.

*If you do not have a Japanese passport, please check in advance.

■ About Visa
A Thai entry visa is required depending on nationality. It may take some time to apply for a visa. Please start the procedure as soon as possible after receiving the acceptance letter. Japanese passport holders do not need a visa.

■Application Deadline
Sunday, May 12, 2024, 23:59 (Japan time)

■Co-organizers and Secretariat
Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Mahidol University School of Public Health

To apply for the G-HEP program, click “Apply Here” below, complete the Google Form, and submit.


■Contact us for more information
Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)
Mail: (Hiraka, Igarashi)

This project is supported by The Japan Foundation.

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