GHLP: Global Health Leadership Program

The GLP Community

GLP is a dynamic and diverse learning community that thrives and lasts for our humanity. Students actively communicate with each other during the academic trainings, internship experiences, and even after graduation. GLP also provides opportunities where alumni and current students can connect to expand their professional contacts and to share experiences that can result in cross-pollination of ideas and generation of collaborative initiatives. Leveraging what they learn from the program and its community, GLP students will become an important part of the global community and contribute to enhancing the well-being of human life.

Messages from Alumni

Moe Miyaguchi

Moe Miyaguchi (GLP 2013)

Internship destination
CAIP

Wonderful experience as personal and professional growth
Global Leadership Program gave me the opportunities to learn the diversity of health issue. Through the lecture, workshop, and group work, we learn about current issue from global health leaders, and also share my experiences with them. It allows me to think about how can we put the theory into practice, and how can we cooperate other professions to invest innovation in health service.
One big characteristic of GLP is its diversity. GLP’s focus is on leadership and innovation in health issue, and we can learn it from various perspective. Only health professionals can not solve the problems and GLP gave me the chance to think how to collaborate with other sectors, including private company. Faculty members, lecturers, and students are from different nationality, background, characteristics and strength. We can share our experience in learning to enhance our outcome as a team, and this inter-professional experience is hardly get in our own Ph.D. courses.
GLP encouraged us to take initiatives, to build our own career and professional development. This flexibility allowed me to visit several world-class institutions in my internship program in Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) and meet many leaders in health field in UK. It was a big challenge for me, but GLP faculty members’ kind understanding and enormous support made my dream come true. From both lectures and internship program, I realized how individuals can use their leadership to maximize the power as team.

Yuki Ichikawa

Yuki Ichikawa (GLP 2012)

Internship destination
PATH, USA

I just started my internship in PATH, an NPO located in Seattle. We are trying to implement diagnosis screening which has promising impact in health, but actually facing many obstacles. Since my academic interest was in chemical biology to develop say diagnostic tools, this internship would be an opportunity to understand science for health from another aspect. I am excited with this bench to market experience finding everything new and facing difficulties that I have never experienced before.

Winnie Tsang

Winnie Tsang (GHLP 2010)

Internship destination
World Health Organization

An internship opportunity with the WHO not only has enriched my knowledge in global health policy but also has allowed a better understanding of my own capacity as a global health leader. I would like to express my gratitude to GHLP for making this wonderful experience possible.

Atsuko Kishida

Atsuko Kishida (GHLP 2010)

Current job status
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Kiryu University

I am currently working as Associate Professor at the department of nursing, Kiryu University. Twice a month, I fly within Japan to deliver “life lesson” for elementary students to adults, where I also teach educators and health professionals about how to conduct such a lesson to various audiences. A few times a year, I conduct a lecture on Leadership, Vision creation, Global health, and Communication at NPOs and medical schools in Bangladesh as well as at Bangabandbu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. My future dream is to built a hospital in Bangladesh within a five year period which will hopefully be a model to better improve the current health system and health situation of the country. As a first step, I just begun preparation for a start-up in the beauty industry.

Erika Ota

Erika Ota (GHLP 2010)

Current job status
Assistant professor, Department of Global Health Policy, The University of Tokyo

My job status now is an assistant professor of the university of Tokyo, department of global health policy. My current job is doing research, conducting systematic reviews for pregnancy and childbirth group or HIV/AIDS  group, secondary analysis for national birth registry data set, and teaching master & PhD students in the university.
From May, I will move to National center of child health and development as a chief of division of epidemiology. My main job there is capacity building for Cochrane systematic review authors in Japan, and conduct epidemiology research in the area of pregnancy and child health.

Maki Takamoto

Maki Takamoto (GHLP 2010)

Current job status
Medical and Scientific Affairs, Novartis

I currently work at Medical and Scientific Affairs at Novartis Japan. My job involves around three areas. Firstly, supporting clinical study execution, which plays a major part of our divisional activity in creating post launch evidence in the real world setting to gain better understanding of the disease and treatment options.
Secondly, as we are global company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, we need to align our business process, strategy and commitment, but must meet the demands each local market. Therefore, we bridge between global strategy and the local market demands to deliver the value to the Japanese market. It can be challenging at times as culture, health policies and medical care service provision differs significantly between countries. However, it has been the most intriguing part of my job to understand how “health” can be perceived and provided so differently.
Lastly, taking part in driving changes in corporate environment to fit the fast dynamic changes surrounding our industry. This last piece involves  tackling with organizational evolution issues rather than medical issues, but it possess myriad learning opportunities as we think about how we can create an organization that can provide maximum value to our customers.