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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Fukuoka-shi, Japan; Hiroshima, Japan; Ishinomaki, Japan; Minamata, Japan; Sendai, Japan; Tokyo, Japan; Toyama-shi, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Comparative Studies, International Studies, Microbiology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Academic Credit: Public Health
Education Abroad Coordinator: Jennifer Bickley
Program Description:
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Program Public Health Japan tab 1

Through this intensive 2 1/2 - 3 week program in Japan, students will study a variety of public health, sociological and cultural issues with an emphasis on Japanese perspectives.

Through dynamic academic instruction and unique cultural immersion, students compare and contrast major regional, domestic and international public health issues and how they interact with and influence one another. Field visits and experiential learning are vital components of this program that will provide students with an understanding of the role of culture, economy, and environment on public health in Japan.

Main topics will include public health in Japan and its history, health issues in Japan, Japan as an industrial country and health issues affected by environmental factors.

Through participation in this program students will (1) be better able to explain the determinants of health and risk factors for conditions of importance to international health, (2) gain experience identifying ways to address issues of health and equity, (3) gain an understanding of the public health issues facing contemporary Japan, and (4) learn to establish links between public health and social, cultural, political and economic factors.

View details, including photos, from previous programs.


Lectures will be given at a Japanese university. Short field trips will be conducted throughout Japan, including a field trip to Hiroshima prefecture, a location best known as the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon.


Students will be staying in a hotel/hostel near the university. Hostels/Hotels will also serve as accommodation for students for main field trip to Hiroshima and other areas.

Resident Directors

Dr. Motomu Ibaraki

Education Abroad Coordinator

Jenny Bickley




Courses and Credit Public Health Japan tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of Public Health 3189.03 for summer term 2018. Contact your college adviser to determine if you are eligible to use this program to satisfy your Capstone.




Application Requirement Public Health Japan tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have completed at least 2 semesters of undergraduate education by the time the program departs.  Students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Preference will be given to public health or health science majors.

Students who apply for this program may be required to attend a short, in person interview on campus in January.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.


Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to




Program Costs Public Health Japan tab 4

Please refer to the 2017 budget sheet for estimated costs.

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,502 program fee. The program fee includes accommodation, in country instruction, and program related field trips. The fee does not include your airfare (est. $1,700), visa fees (if applicable), or food while in country (est. at $1,000).


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.


College of Public Health Undergraduate degree seeking students are encouraged to apply for travel awards offered through the College.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions Public Health Japan tab 5

  •   Thursday, November 2, 2-3p, 160 Enarson Central Classrooms
  •  Thursday, September 28, 2:30-3:30p, 160 Enarson Central Classrooms


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



None at this time.


The most valuable thing I gained from this program would be the ability to experience an entirely new culture with a group of students that were just as interested in learning more about the world as I was. Going into college, I never thought that I would have had the opportunity to travel to Japan, and am so thankful that I did. I think that getting the chance to see how other people live their lives puts everything in perspective and has taught me so much about my own culture and lifestyle as well. 
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/03/2018
01/29/2018 05/14/2018 06/01/2018
NOTE: Please note that these dates include travel dates. Students also need to plan to arrive in Japan (Narita or Haneda airport) by 3:30p on Tuesday May 15.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.