Teikyo University Graduate School of Public Health aims to cultivate the ability to think and act with a problem-solving approach as a necessary prerequisite for the training of advanced professionals who are equipped with problem-solving skills in practice.
The problem-solving approach begins with the discovery of a public health problem and the formulation of the problem by considering the specific causes and consequences of the problem. Then, it analyzes the problem quantitatively and qualitatively based on the cause and effect formulations to understand the extent of the problem. At the same time, analyze the existing knowledge on the public health issue in question from the existing academic literature and information on systems and policies, etc., to understand how the public health issue you are working on has been verified or not.
Based on this scientific evidence, the social factors and stakeholders surrounding the issue should be enumerated and analyzed, and the stakeholders that should be taken into consideration when solving the issue should be organized.
After this analysis-centered process, a solution plan is drawn up to put the problem into practice. If multiple measures are planned, they are prioritized and implemented (an implementation plan is made). After that, the implemented measures are evaluated and connected to the next process. In this course, students will learn the approach to tackle public health issues in the above flow and apply it in practice.
While learning the problem-solving approach, students will also cultivate the ability to practice public health activities and competency, which is a quality of a public health practitioner, and develop comprehensive skills appropriate for a professional.