Introduction of Doctoral Student
|Qualifications||Nursing, Public Health Nurse, Midwife, MPH|
|Hobby||Dancing salsa, traveling, playing with my children|
|Area of reserach interests||Maternal and child health, utilization of women's group in low-resource setting countries, measurement and evaluation|
After recieving a bachloer's degree in Health Sciences at the University of the Ryukyus, I worked as a midwife at a local hospital. Having always been interested in working in the field of maternal and child health globally, I decided to earn master's degree in public health. I studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Masters in Public Health in 2012. After graduating from UNC, I stayed home and enjoyed raising two children for three years before moving back to Okinawa. While working in the Department of Nursing at the University of the Ryukyus, I met Professor Kobayashi and was inspired by his work to continue my studies and pursue a PhD with a focus on improving maternal and child health in low-resource settings.
Our department has a nice atmosphere, and I learn new things every day through active discussions. We have many opportunities in this department. Through my doctoral course, I want to become a researcher who can ''think globally and act locally''.
|Qualifications||Master of Public Health and Master of Economics|
|Visited countries||Thailand, South Sudan, South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Senegal etc.|
|Interests||Social Security & Health Coverage, Health Policy & Economics|
After studied Social Welfare for my Bachler’s degree, I worked in Thailand to support people living with HIV/AIDS. Completing 2 Master degrees: Public Health and Economics, I have been involved in global health projects, which are supported by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).
Fortunately, I have had chances to be involved in some projects in countries in Asia and Africa, and I encountered a lot of “why?” there. To reach these inquiries, I joined to Department of Global Health, whose policies are “both practical and research perspectives” and “health and well-fare from wide perspectives”. After I learn and graduate from this school, I hope to contribute global health and well-being of people by utilizing my academic knowledge and experience.
|Country||Okinawa Prefecture, Japan|
|Hobby||looking at sunset at the beach|
|Interest||maternal and child health,adolescent health,school health,poverty, education|
After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine of the Tsukuba University, I worked as a resident in Tokyo.
Then I returned to Okinawa, I worked as a neonatologist in the Nanbu Child Medical Center for 4 years.
Hello. I started studying global health I had been interested in for some time.
It is a new challenge for me. I am a beginner but I will do my best.
|Degree||Hospital nurse and public health nurse|
Sports (snowboarding, distance running, tennis, horseback riding, etc.), travel, music and sanshin (beginner)
Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, United States, Australia and France
|Other areas of interest||Prevention of nosocomial infections, school health, health policy, and health and medical services for refugees and migrants|
After graduating from the Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing, I worked for three years as a surgical nurse at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine. Beginning in 2011, I worked for two years as a representative of the Japan Association for Mae Tao Clinic, supporting health and medical services at the Free Mae Tao Clinic for Myanmar refugees and migrants in Thailand. After that, I traveled through ethnic minority communities in Myanmar where I continued to collect data about the current state of health care for six months before returning to Japan. Through my activities in the field, I wished to acquire more specialized knowledge about global health, so I entered the Department of Global Health in the University of the Ryukyus Graduate School in April 2014. Currently, as I continue my NPO activities, I am pursuing research on health policy for refugees and migrants.
Although I felt sad to be pursuing my studies away from the field overseas, the Department of Global Health provides a sense of being close to the action while you are here in the department. I enjoy each day as I continue to build up my knowledge about global health gained from actual practices.