GHLP: Global Health Leadership Program

Why GLP?

An Innovative Curriculum for the Next Paradigm

The Global Leadership Program focuses on social innovation and uses global health as an entry point into reflecting on and engaging in leadership.

At GLP, global health is a core area in the curriculum and goes beyond medical health. The increasingly interconnected and complex world we live in requires us to conceive global health as a multidisciplinary field that brings together political, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental perspectives. This holistic approach is both intentional and necessary to promote global health as a solution to addressing challenges of our current paradigm and an innovative, promising way forward for humanity. As such, GLP offers the unique combination of global health education and leadership training.

GLP’s curriculum is in line with the key outcomes proposed by the Commission on Education of Health Professional for the 21st Century (Lancet 2010): transformative learning and interdependence in education. Indeed, GLP strives to produce ‘enlightened change agents’ and provide a multidisciplinary, harmonized education.


The GLP Curriculum

GLP delivers world-class academic and practical content in innovative practices and excellence, and is conducted entirely in English. Our multidisciplinary curriculum offers elements drawn from the global forefront of knowledge and wisdom, through a variety of lenses including academic, field-based, institutional, and corporate. The curriculum is of a quality accessible to doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Every year, GLP accepts about 30-35 students from multiple disciplines(doctoral, post-doctoral students, and working professionals), representing a diverse set of countries. An education with GLP consists of five components – a three-month intensive lecture series, a three-month internship, individual advisory sessions, seminars year around, and opportunities to engage in collaborative initiatives within and beyond the University of Tokyo – all of which is designed to strengthen leadership capacity, harness students’ drive, and promote character building for careers in global health.

  1. During the first three months, GLP provides rigorous academic training coupled with practical aspects of professional development to foster students’ problem-solving and communication skills. Students proactively participate in sessions on social innovation, global health and leadership, as well as global governance, diplomacy, human security, and philosophy, delivered by world-leading experts.
  2. After completing the three-month academic training course, students venture out to various sites worldwide – including international organizations, companies, think-tanks and non-profit organizations. They work full-time for three months as interns to experience what it is to engage in public service, work globally, and to further students’ sectoral and geographical interests.
  3. Moreover, in order to deliver a truly effective program that meets each student’s professional needs and addresses individual challenges, GLP offers one-on-one advisory sessions with advisors. These interactions provide personalized consultation and coaching toward future academic and career path setting.
  4. In addition, the program organizes workshops and seminars year around that are designed to stimulate personal growth and horn leadership skills. These sessions range from practical exercises on product development, creating social business plans, engaging in personality assessments and change, interacting with social entrepreneurs, to expressing leadership through artistic and creative media.
  5. Finally, GLP acts as a gateway to opportunities at other schools and centers within the University of Tokyo as well as beyond the university borders. GLP strives to create a catalytic impact on the social innovation and global health communities by bringing actors from multiple disciplines and sectors to a politically neutral, academically rigorous setting and facilitating the generation of collaborative innovations. Thus, GLP participants gain the unique opportunity to actively contribute to and exercise leadership in such initiatives.


Joan Goldsmith Kenneth Cloke Jacques Rupnik